Tag Archives: India

To There and Back Again

Tweet Funny how glibly  I can say, “Oh, yes.  I’ll be away for a couple of weeks, but I’ll keep up with my posts.” Good idea. Best of intentions. So hard to accomplish. At least it is for me.  Especially when I am … Continue reading

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Remembering Beyond

Tweet My first day in the refugee camp in Sudan is seared into my memory: Scorching heat. Endlessly blowing sand. Flimsy lean-tos. The young girl who stared up at me and asked, “Are there trees where you live?” I smiled ad nodded. … Continue reading

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Protest Injustice? Us?

Tweet Okay, let’s step back and reassess.  We have heard way too much divisive talk about deporting and building walls and keeping people in their place and baskets of deplorables.   Part of our problem in this country is that all … Continue reading

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Hooray in Telugu!

Tweet There’s nothing quite like holding a newly printed book in your hand and seeing your name on the front.  Unless it’s holding a newly printed book in your hand and seeing a name you can’t read, but you know is yours.  That’s how I … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas Ashish~

Tweet Dear Ashish, What a beautiful Christmas card you made for us!  Thank you so much. I love getting Christmas cards.  The first ones usually arrive around December 1.  This year the first card came even earlier.  It was from … Continue reading

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“You’re 6 years old. Get a Job!”

Tweet What country do you think has the largest number of child laborers?  If you said India, you’re right. But, wait.  Didn’t India recently pass a law that changed that? A law, yes, but it has so many exceptions that instead of freeing kids from labor, it … Continue reading

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Hooray for the World Wide Web!

Tweet Facebook messages to friends, to students from classes past, to acquaintances long forgotten.  Dire warnings I’ve read too many times.  Chain letters I dare not break. Tirades over the state of the government, over the state of the church, over the state of young people today.  … Continue reading

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December 25 in India?

Tweet After India’s recent elections, many Christians expressed concern that the newly elected pro-Hindu party would make life hard for non-Hindus. I have gotten several messages about this fear beginning to be realized.  Here is the most recent from friends … Continue reading

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Farewell, Raja. We will meet again.

Tweet Two Rajas.  Both men in India, both given royal names, both Christian ministers who served in crushingly difficult places. Yet they could hardly have been more different. Raja Karan, born into a Hindu family of the lowest jata of the low caste, grew up in … Continue reading

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For the Love of a Child

Tweet I remember when I first saw Nisha. She was a shy 12-year-old who only spoke in whispers. I was in South India at the time, visiting the B.F.M. English Language School. High caste children studied alongside “outcastes.”  Christians played with Hindus. Parents allowed it … Continue reading

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