It has been interesting to me to field different responses from people who have heard about our family trip to India. What has surprised me the most has been two opposite and very strong reactions. The first group of people disagrees or doesn’t want to be bothered, I’m not really sure of their reason, but I have lost between 20-30 Twitter/Facebook friends since I began posting about our trip to India. It is so curious to me why someone wouldn’t want to be my friend because I’m talking about India, taking my family to India, etc. Very interesting indeed.
The other group that has surprised my socks off is the group of you who have been praying for us. We started a Facebook group to send updates about our trip live as we were able. I thought maybe my Mom and Dad would sign up, and if we were lucky, maybe some other close friends and family. I was completely blown away as I watched the numbers jump by 30 or 40 a day. I think right now the number is in the middle 400’s or so.
My wonderful, amazing, spectacular friend Caryn faithfully updated the group page and sent out prayer requests to the GCC Prayer team when I could not. Can I just say she is amazing? What a great friend.
If you are one of those who signed up to pray, or just prayed for us without being official, leave me a comment so others can see and be encouraged.
I could never thank you enough. One of the roughest times on our trip was when Isabelle got a sudden and terrible ear infection after our flight from Chennai to Trichy. She howled in pain for hours, woke up in excruciating pain and a terrible fever. Our friend/translator Annan Raj picked me and the girls up to go meet Rob, but we never got there because she was screaming and crying so pathetically that we decided to find a doctor right away. Doctor’s offices are much different than in the United States. Isabelle was not only in pain, but was terrified. In moments like these, I am able to keep calm only by knowing that God is with me. I literally felt His presence and peace carrying me as I was carrying Isabelle.
The night we got off of the plane in Trichy after she had been in such terrible pain, Belle said to me, “Mom, there was an angel in my room at home.” I wasn’t sure what to think, so I just asked her a few questions. She said she was dreaming and and angel came and sang for her. She said the angel sang in a beautiful voice and then talked to her for a while. I asked her what the angel said to her and she said, “You know Mom, On Earth As It Is In Heaven….”
My jaw dropped. God spoke to Belle (and the rest of us) about “Brining Up There Down Here.” Those words and your prayers gave me courage for the journey. Thank you for your extraordinary commitment to pray for our family while we were “Bringing Up There Down Here” in India this month.