Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Whew! Caught Up...

Whew! Okay, it’s about 7:15 a.m. here (Wednesday, 8/1) in Trichy and I think I’m finally caught up on the blogging to bring you to where we really “are”. Here’s what we have ahead of us today, though the details might look a little different at the end of the day:

  • 9:00 a.m. – meet for breakfast
    • “The Cascade” downstairs makes a mean cheese omelet (or, as I learned from Dexter’s Laboratory on Cartoon Network, “Omolette du Fromage” in French – who says you never learn anything from watching cartoons?!)
  • 10:00 a.m. – morning devotions
    • Don Wolfram will be delivering our morning devotions!
  • 11:45 a.m. – meet TBL staff and facility
    • We’ll get to see “the board” (click here for previous post on other team that describes) and meet the crew that keep things spinning here in southern India.
  • 1:30 p.m. – lunch
  • 3:00 p.m. - shopping for clothes
    • There won’t be a lot of time for “souveniring” on the back end, so we’ll not only do a little of that on the front end, but we will also give the ladies a chance to purchase “native” dresswear.
  • 5:30 p.m. – Rock Fort Temple
    • If you come to Trichy, the Rock Fort is something you just have to see. Click here for explanation from a previous team’s post.
  • 8:30 p.m. – dinner
    • We’ll probably eat dinner here at the Sangam Hotel again.
  • 10:00 p.m. – crash hard!
    • Most teams will leave from Trichy at about 8 a.m. to travel to their respective villages. Some are as far away as 10 – 12 hours. Others are more like 4 – 6 hours.

If things continue to go as planned, I should have a chance to blog a bit tonight to recount whether or not that speculation was actually accurate or not, but in the mean time, the team is doing great, adjusting well, and are having a blast!

Thanks again to all of you who continue to pray for us and keep us in your thoughts and prayers!

-sj


16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hello Jeanna! I hope your doing well! We've been praying a ton for you guys! I hope your staying cool! I hung out with Maggie the german shepherd last night and she kept stealing my stuff! She ran off with my slipper, my rug and then my sheep! It was pretty funny! :) Ruby and I are both so sore from the jet skis-I need a walker to help me get up and down now. :( We miss you and are excited for you to come home! Have a great day!

Love,
Jerica :)

volunteer said...

greetings jeanna, i can't believe the love your getting :) actually i can because you're pretty cool, trot wanted me to tell you he loves you and that he is turning into a little 'ham' or atleast that is what mommy calls him, but she might have been thinking about breakfast :) i don't know, anyway we have been praying for you and the entire team and hope all is going well, chase hard after god and let him shine through you like he always does and whatever you do, don't confuse which hand does what:)ok.bye.

yours trying to find you on maps o finda,

patrick, jenni, trot & noah,
aka the thompson family

ps. trot also wanted me to have you tell courtney that he loves and misses her too!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Aunt Brandy me and mayah have been looking at your pictures I need to catch up on your writings. I just wanted to tell you we love and miss you jaden and mayah :)

Anonymous said...

Hi H!

Tom, Carter,and I are so proud of you and keeping up with you as much as possible daily. Hope you have a very spiritually uplifting trip and know that you are in our hearts and prayers.

Shelley said...

Hi team,

I absolutley love checking out this blog. As I read these, which are funny, and look at the pictures,I can't help but CRY. I'm a little jealous of you guys, I must admit. I feel like I can actually smell India right through the computer screen. Believe me, the smell of India will forever be in your brains from here on out. Please give my love to Prema, Raj,Aroma, Annan Raj, Immanual, Solomon,and all my other friends. Youa are all in our prayers.
Love, Shelley Arredondo

Anonymous said...

Hi Courtney! We tried to leave you a few blogs, but were doing it all wrong. We're so glad you're there and getting some rest at the hotel. We have been praying for you and your team continuously. It was great hearing from you on the phone. We love reading the blogs every night. We love you very much and are so happy you love Jesus! Have a wonderful day!
Love, Mom, Dad, Zach, Spike, Sushi

skoutz said...

Hey guys! I'm glad I finally got a chance to catch up on your blog. I'm so proud of you for pushing through the long travels and hitting the ground running. God has great things in store. I'm praying for all of you and can't wait to hear more about what God does in and through you.

Sarah Koutz

Anonymous said...

Hi Alli, I am glad to hear you are OK and enjoying yourself. I printed all the blogs and took them to mommo and poppo so they could read about what the team is doing and see the pictures. We are praying that you and the team make it safely to your villages. I can't wait to see what you bought shopping in Trichy. It is so nice to read the updates and see the photos on the blog.Be sure to read the cards that I put in your journal everyday. I miss you and love you. Mom

Anonymous said...

Shout out to Jodi - You've been in my prayers and I hope you are having an awesome time. I can't wait to hear all about it when you get back.

To Mom Cheryl -
Are you the same Cheryl who I met working at Arby's in the early 80's?

Jean

Josh said...

Way to go Gene-O, Jack and is that Hinkel? You're awesome and doing some amazing work. And it looks like you're having an amazing time! :)
Renee Gulledge

Sara said...

Hey Brandy, looks like you are all having a great time. Maddie just started to crawl last night for the first time! We were all very excited! I am so glad you have been blessed with this opportuninty and glad that I have been able to share in it. I miss you lots, love you and can't wait to talk. I am praying for you every day.

Love,
Sara }i{

Anonymous said...

Hello Team!!!!

Just want y'all to know that I'm praying for you and am so excited about the incredible journey you find yourselves on! I miss India! Enjoy your time in Trichy! Shelley and I were frequent visitors of the cafe and loved visiting with the cafe employees. Enjoy any time w/ Prema and Raj, they are so incredible!
Praying for you all!

Jennifer Price

Jaden said...

Brandy,
My last message was short because I was late to work and I know you dont want me to loose my job ;) I really miss you and cant wait to talk to you when you get back to hear about everything. I hope you are having great expierences and fun and most of all enjoying what you are doing which I know you are!! Mostly as selfish as it is I hope you come back to all of us especially me safely I would be lost with out your guidance. Mayah said you were brave getting noodled (needle/shots) but then again aunt Brandy is braver than most. I hope you are learning so much from a different culture I want to learn from you when you get back. Well I dont know what else to say except I hope you smile when you read this and think of us as we are thinking of you. Oh just so you know I cleaned the whole house from top to bottom :p Cant wait for you to see it. I miss you eminsly (sp) but know that this was so important to you so I am happy too.
We love you very much,
Jaden

Anonymous said...

Brandy and team,
Love and prayers to the whole team and their supporters. It certainly looks awesome over there!

To Jean from Mom Cheryl -
Yes I had the immense pleasure of working at Arby's in the 80's!!

And which Jean would this be??? You've really got me wondering now! God is always full of wonderful surprises!

Hope to hear from you soon :)
Mom Cheryl (AKA Mama Huff)

Anonymous said...

Mom Cheryl -
I LOVE IT!! You were my best friend and fellow Petra groupie! I moved to Chicago and we eventually lost touch. We have GOT to get together! I live in Mishawaka now.

Jean

Anonymous said...

TO Jeannie!!!

I was hoping it was you!! I got so caught up keeping my kids safe I lost touch w/losts of people!

God is so good!!!
Here's my email
chuffhar@iusb.edu

I'm so excited!!!!!! Thank you, Jesus!!! :)