India Part I

(These photos are all from our first two stops: Bombay and Badlpur)
Going to India was a dream. Months before we left our team had many meetings that taught us about the Indian culture, what to expect, what to wear, what not to eat, everything you could think of. Just a couple days into our trip I realized that even if I knew everything there was to know and warned about every little detail, I had to experience India for myself. Someone told the group in a meeting "You'll love India and hate it all in one day." That really hit home with me while on the trip, even though I loved being there, traveling and experiencing everything new I often felt overwhelmed by everything.

The people of India are beautiful. We had the privilege to meet many people on our trip, mostly women and children filled with such joy despite their circumstances. This was convicting but also encouraging. Here I am, a selfish American that has more than enough and when one thing goes "wrong" my whole day or even week is thrown off. These people have been through some of the worst situations yet they still have a reason to smile. I wish I could share every story I have with you and share a peek into the lives of the people I met, but some stories have to be kept secret for now.

One question I think our whole team kept asking ourselves was why wasn't I born into this? Why am I so blessed to live in America in a home with a family, a car, and multiple things I don't need? Though this is a question that has no definite answer, I do believe even though I was blessed, with that comes great responsibility.

There was so much learned from my trip, I feel like I haven't processed it all yet. While talking with an elderly friend who has had much travel experience she said "you won't process it all for a while, and that is ok." So maybe this post isn't filled with complete thoughts, these are just a few things of the many I experienced in India.

More photos of India to come, and maybe more processed thoughts (but no promises on that one..)


  1. Beautiful post. I am glad you have shared these photos! I love them! And this is so true. I often wonder why am I so lucky, while others are not? Seems like an amazing trip that really impacted you!

    Juliette Laura

  2. Those photos are beautiful! My husband was born in Sri Lanka but grew up in the Netherlands. His parents were raised Hindu but got saved more than 20 years ago and he was raised Christian. His culture and the Indian culture are very much alike (esp. because of the Hindu influences in both countries). The food, the clothes...I would love to visit India or Sri Lanka some day. That would be a dream come true! The poverty is so saddening but makes you appreciate what you have so much more. Thanks so much for this post!

  3. Love this. I had such similar feelings, and even though I traveled there with friends who were Indian, it was still such a culture shock and one they couldn't even prep me for. I loved it so much and its the only place I dream of returning to very soon !