Yesterday was when we started teaching. It went really well for the first time. We only taught in the afternoon because a lot of the students still had not arrived in the morning (and I think there are still some coming). Up until that point though we had a lot of down time. We had done some training with the staff, taught some music lessons, etc. but hadn’t really gotten ‘busy’ yet. So it was a little frustrating at times because we frankly felt a little bored for about two days. However, in the midst of my frustration, thinking “God, we are in India, couldn’t we be doing something right now, instead of just waiting?” I walked past Kumar, a young boy who had finished the School of worship earlier this year and is now on staff. He had the biggest smile on his face as I passed him and I realized that he always does, they all do. It hit me all at once how encouraged they are that we are here. They had said it to us numerous times but it hadn’t sunk in. Kumar’s smile specifically has been burned into my brain now. I see it so often, when I pass him in the hall, when he is asking me to show him a G major scale on the guitar again, or when he is scooping out curry and rice onto my plate, which we eat at least 2 meals a day, (and my blood sugar is doing fine mom!) It has reminded me that it’s not about me, so what if my mission trip isn’t shaping out like I expected it to at first. I was reminded of the lyrics to the song I posted before we left, “I Will Follow.”
“Whom you love, I’ll love, where you serve, I’ll serve.”
It’s been a reminder that the reason I’m here is Jesus’ immense love for these people, and if I am going to sing that song and mean it, I need to passionately love these people too. That means putting them above myself and my desires for this trip. Even if I leave feeling like we didn’t really do much at times, but we showed the love of God to them in a real way and encouraged them, then we did what God brought us here to do. I need to love because Jesus first loved me and that’s what a heart changed by Jesus does, it can’t help but turn around and pour that same love outward. It’s my privilege and pleasure to get to serve and love them like this.
Wandanalu (Praise God)