Sunday, May 26, 2013

Our Village Life (Part 1)

In our efforts to learn the language here in South Asia, as well as just get a little more in touch with how South Asians live (and act and eat and do everything) when they are not hanging out with foreigners, we spent a chunk of time recently with a good friend and his family in "the village."

The Scene

From the outside, it looks like we stayed in a nice 2-story house in the village. But this house is built on stilts, like some along the Gulf Coast of MS and LA. But flooding is not the issue here: Elephants are. Having had a house destroyed by elephants makes a person want to build their bedrooms at least up off the ground. The kitchen, bathroom, and an open area (enclosed in plastic tarps and curtains) are on the ground floor. 

Elephants roam free in this area of the jungle, and are not as much a novelty as a nuisance. And you worry about termites in the USA! 

Off the back of the property you can see the tea fields that have been planted in the jungle. Most of the families living in this area work in or rely upon the people who do work in the tea fields for their livelihood.

The Cast

We stayed with a friend of ours, Rajesh, and his wife, Bina. They have one son at boarding school and two daughters, Angelina and Ritu. Rajesh works in the ministry full-time, and his family is an essential part of him reaching out to his neighbors. Bina and the children speak NO English, and Rajesh declared an "English Ban" everywhere we went with him!

Numerous other children also showed up from the neighbors' houses, probably to see this crazy little white child who did not understand a word they said, but who still laughed and played around with them.

The Life

We had so much fun just following Rajesh and Bina around to so many different settings in so many different villages. But, whether helping them in their ministry...

... Or helping them cut up vegetables for a late village dinner, we were extremely blessed by our immersion. 



1 comment:

  1. Looks like ya'll had a great time...i can't wait to read more about it!