Why is it that we love elephants so much? What draws us to these giant rough-skinned mammals? Is it their flappy satellite-like ears and noodly trunks? The sheer size of these animals is enough to impress anyone. I think it's more than appearances, though, that make elephants so adored by people. They are gentle (unless threatened). Elephants are herbivores which means they don't prey on other animals. They can communicate across long distances and live in family herds. They're just humble giants. I have been lucky enough to hang out with some Indian elephants on a couple occasions. Back in 2011 I spent some time in India for the first time. While riding back to Delhi from a day trip at the Taj Mahal in Agra we stopped to feed and ride some elephants on the side of the road.
The last couple of weeks have been crazy and I haven't taken the opportunity to blog, so sorry! On Sunday September 30th the team and I had to say goodbye to southern India and the wonderful community of friends, neighbors, shoppe keepers, tailors, and co-workers we had there. We had such an exhausting, but more importantly, wonderful time during our stay at Ashraya Mission. We are SO blessed to have been there when the six lovely ladies finally moved into the home. We hope to have left a lasting impression of the love of Christ on the people we built relationships with in that quaint but bustling town. I will never be able to adequately summarize our 6 weeks spent working there. It was truly a very special time for all of us.
After our tear-filled goodbyes we headed straight for the airport (a 6 hour drive btw) and we were off to Bangkok for a bit of a holiday. We spent a few days in Thailand and a few days in the enigma of Laos.
After Thailand and Laos we headed back to Delhi to get reacquainted to our home away from home, Asha Mission. Those children are simply indescribable and precious. I will most definitely be blogging about them all more in full later.
For the next four days, though, we are taking Hindi lessons in northern India. You've probably never heard of Landour, India.. or perhaps you have. It's a beautiful little Himalayan town built into the side of the mountains. We trudge up and down the steep paths to and from class. We love it here.
I hope I have been able to sum up these last two weeks well. There are dozens more photos and stories to tell, which I may or may not keep for my memory only. For now I am tucked into my bed with a pair of recently purchased woolen booties keeping my toes warm.
Until next time, nameste.