Sunday, January 29, 2012

School Begins Again

Rebekah has been attending some type of daycare or school since she was 6 weeks old. However, none of those schools were in South Asia.

And none of those schools gave out awesome uniforms!

Which Rebekah loves to show off for the camera.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Evolution of a Bathtub

Bath time has always been fun for Rebekah, 
even back in Old School times when she used to sit in the sink.

After moving to South Asia, 
we discovered quickly that bathtubs are very rare.

We had a literal bucket bath.

Then moved to a big laundry basket.

And finally moved to an imported 
(through a package from the USA), 
$4 dollar pool.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Hope for The People Next Door

We have mentioned the hopelessness of so many people here in South Asia (see here, here, and here).

But we are hopeful.

Our prayers here, and we hope your prayers for the South Asians here, is for a movement of multiplication. We are encouraged to work alongside so many South Asian workers whose faces will never be seen on a blog. With such a massive target group (over 18 million people with almost no exposure to Truth), we will never be able to share our message of hope one village at a time. 


But with these South Asian companions working and training and seeing those they trained train others, even to 4 and 5 generations of multiplication in a short amount of time, we have hope.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Really, South Asia? Part 3

We grew up in the 1980's, when all of the action movies pitted the hero Americans against... the Communists of (insert country here).

What would Rambo and Bruce Willis and Arnold and Steven Seagal think of the rallies around our town recently?

We "proud Americans" thought Communism was long dead...

Monday, January 16, 2012

Ponies!!! (Everything is Smaller in Darjeeling)

Darjeeling is one of the "hill stations" here in South Asia, which basically means the city was built on a hill, so there are a lot of ups and downs and a lot of cramped spaces. We realized this when we got into our hotel room (up about 7 flights of stairs) and Rebekah was almost as tall as the door...

and James kept bumping his head on the bathroom ceiling.

Rebekah begged us to ride the horses in the town square, which were also smaller than normal horses. Rebekah informed us we were too big to ride them, and that she could ride them for herself. So the first day she rode Jesse,

and the second day she was an expert as she rode Sweetie. We told you we were totally tourists this trip!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

A Zoo at the Top of the World

These monkeys were cold, and so were we. 

You know we love zoos. "Love" may actually not be strong enough a word. Everywhere we go, we go to zoos. And luckily for us, Darjeeling has one of the best zoos in South Asia.

Just knowing we were so much closer to where all of these animals actually roam wild made the zoo that much more interesting. This zoo has many of the same standards of Western zoos in regards to caring for and helping sustain the wild populations of these animals.

The zoo has a large collection of red pandas,

big cats,

yaks and bears, 

and the world's only breeding program for the Himalayan Wolf.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A Love Feast

Although the name might sound foreign to some of you in some places of the world, "love feast" is quite biblical (see Jude 12). And here in South Asia, they take their love feasting very seriously, enjoying a time of reflecting on the year and good fellowship.

Rebekah enjoyed some vegetables

Eating plates of rice and lentils with her hands

And buckets of goat

All spent with good friends and family.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

How to Create a Spectacle in Darjeeling

 Take one adorable fair-skinned toddler

Add one white American Southern lady

And one bearded, dark-skinned Native American

Dress them up in bright traditional clothing of the region while 30,000 or so South Asians are passing by.

We have gotten a lot of requests for Rebekah's picture to be taken, and even had one request for a family portrait from a total stranger last week. But one would have thought we were celebrities judging by the requests for entire families to take pictures with all three of us when we put on the traditional clothing.

I mean, we look good, but it got a little ridiculous.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Birthday Party for Jesus

Around Christmas, we could very easily forget that holiday feeling. Although it gets chilly in the nights, during the days the weather is dry, dusty, and sometimes even hot.

Rebekah would always tell you WHY we were celebrating Christmas, especially since she played with her mangers almost constantly, coming up with all sorts of unique worshipers of the baby Jesus.

But we added to the holiday season with a lot of cookie baking. People do not really exchange gifts here in this mostly non-Christian society, so we just gave away a lot of baked goods and told a lot of people about why we celebrate Christmas.

And among all the baking, we baked (for the second consecutive year), a birthday cookie-cake for Jesus, which Rebekah and her friends thoroughly enjoyed decorating and eating.