By: Elizabeth Fris and Ryan Woodside
We made it to India!!! After a seemingly-endless couple of flights, we arrived at Bangalore’s airport and were greeted by JP, James, and the party bus we are traveling around on. On our way to the hotel, we were exposed to our first glimpse of traffic in India: loud horns, countless rickshaws, and meaningless lane lines and stop lights. After settling in at the hotel, we had breakfast at the restaurant in the lobby, which was a buffet of Semiya, lemon rice, idly, Sambar, aloo subjee, and puri, along with a small selection of more American options. Once we were all full and bewildered by “spice” being a word associated with breakfast food, we packed into the party bus and made our way over to World Cassette Outreach of India (WCOI), where we were all greeted with jasmine necklaces. JP’s family informed us about the history of their organization, starting with the original tri-fold cardboard record player that they would distribute in the 70s and finishing with videos of lepers and blind men telling stories of how their current work has changed their lives. India contains one thousand, six-hundred fifty eight languages. Many of these are used by a single family-line, and these languages are beginning to go extinct. The tragic loss of these languages accompanies the loss of their cultures, and WCOI is helping to honor and document these cultures. WCOI translates the Bible into close to one hundred of these, and we can’t wait to assist them in distributing these to the people of Guwahati along with Sawyer’s water filtration systems and sporting equipment. We were treated to a traditional Indian lunch and were taught how to properly eat with our hands (which is suprisingly more difficult than you may expect), before heading back to the hotel for much-needed naps. Now we are busy anticipating dinner and struggling to contain our excitement to get back on yet another airplane at 2 AM! We are thrilled to go interact with the children in Guwahati and see the way that God continues to work on this trip!