Memoirs of India

Living in the present is a great habit but sometimes taking a trip down memory lane has its rewards too. In this post, I recall and reawaken 7 joyful moments from my trip to Machilipatnam, India.

1. Hugging Sai

Sai is 12 years old, she was born with HIV. When we first met hugs didn’t come naturally to her. She is accustomed to being considered “untouchable.” The hug in this picture was initiated by her. There is nothing quite like feeling accepted. It births boldness.

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Happy Hugs

2. Punjabi Princesses

Wearing the local attire was so much fun! My cousins and I felt like we were playing dress up every day. Dressing like locals really helped submerge us in the culture.

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Punjabi Chics

3. Sewing Machine Girl

This little girl is leaning on a gift her mama received from our team. This gift will help her mom sustain an income and provide opportunities for their village. Little lives, like this one, will be changed because of the gift of a sewing machine.

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Eyes of Wonder

4. Clothes in the Courtyard

I loved watching the kids play and chat in the courtyard, from the upper level of the temple building. The bright colors and the laughter of the children made me smile.

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View from the Temple Top

5. Bustling City Center

The city center is busy, with lots of tiny yellow vehicles and people commuting. We also witnessed a political parade here, which was surprisingly unnerving.

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Koneru Center, Machilipatnam

6. Vocation Bible School

You’re looking at 500 children. Now imagine them all running around the room. It was lively. We enjoyed teaching the children, playing games and giving them our love.

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VBS Kids

7. The Bay of Bengal

Wherever I go the coast calls me, this time it called me in fully clad. For the sake of modesty, swimsuits are not worn at this beach.

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Machilipatnam Beach (The Bay of Bengal, India)

Share one of your favorite memories from a recent trip in the comments!

 

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