At last, we are here in India. I can literally not put into words just how excited I am to be back here. India is literally my favourite place on earth and I am just so happy to finally be back again.
We started our day with my Thought for the Day where I decided to talk about my reaction to one of the four challenges of Chennai Challenge: To examine your reaction to poverty, giving, and action. As India is so different to home and it is so easy to get sucked back into the routine of Western life back in England, my perspective always changes immensely as soon as I get to India. I have decided that I want to be a lot more hospitable as so many people are this way in India; a common attitude that is second nature. As soon as we got off the plane, we were greeted and taken to the YMCA Hostel and everyone is always asking if we need anything and how we are. This is one of the main factors that struck out for a lot of the team as soon as we got here. During my Thought for the Day, I decided to involve two passages from the Bible:
3. No, the Lord has told us what is good. What he requires of us is this: to do what is just, to show constant love, and to live in humble fellowship with our God.
None of you should be looking out for your own interests, but for the interests of others.
(1 Corinthians 10:24)
These two passages particularly stood out to me as it helps me remember what life is about; to help others. I do believe that this is what life is about and it makes me think just how selfish I am at home; caring about many things that don’t really matter too much. Being here makes me so happy and seeing how little people have yet are so happy and thankful makes me realise just how lucky I am. I know that when I get home I will make an extra effort to make sure I remember these passages each day.
We visited Boys Town for the first time today and I was completely overwhelmed as soon as we arrived at Kottivakkum. I find it difficult to comprehend that I’m actually back here and with all the boys again! We had a silly introductory together and played ladders with all the boys as well as singing some songs. It was wonderful to see some of the boys from last year (some a lot taller!) and to meet the new boys at Boys Town. We have one more session with them all on Thursday, and then we leave for Yellagiri with them all! I can’t wait!
This evening we went out for dinner with the team to Doveton Cafe and I can safely say that I had an absolutely beautiful parotta. The food here is so unbelievable! It is definitely much better than food in England. We then returned to the YMCA, played a game of UNO and then went to the roof to watch the lightning. It was incredible to see the entire sky light up whilst standing on the roof of a large building!
Sometimes it feels completely crazy to be back in Chennai again, but also it feels completely normal. I love everything about it here; the constant honking of the horns of most cars, the random cows you see on the streets, the bright, beautiful clothing, the friendliness of everyone. I would definitely say that I consider it as a home here and I wish I could stay for longer (I never want to leave!), but I am so thankful of being able to return to India with such a fantastic organisation and with such a wonderful team.
India never ceases to amaze me.
(Joel pointed out the cheeky Nandos at Delhi airport).