Saturday, March 27, 2010

The cleanest slum I've ever seen...

Saturday we got off to a great start visiting a slum area in a city between Pune & Mumbai. Our friends have a project to work with the people of the slum to improve their lives & community. The people are very poor and up until recently they had no toilet system or trash bins. This team installed toilet buildings and suppllied trash cans so everyone in the community can bring their trash to. A group from Australia came in and did a trash pick up throughout the slum, and held an educational class on keeping the community clean.

The biggest impact for the people of the slum was that these foreign people would come in and pick up their trash. In India only people of the lowest cast would do this kind of work. It was a huge testimony of serving the people and it has opened many doors in this slum for the team on the ground here in India.

Seeing this project first hand gives me many ideas for linking people in the US with other slum projects in the future!

There are hundreds of opportunities like this here!


Sorry, I can't post any pictures on this project! But it was clean!!!!

Tatty & Jelly made it....

Kelly & I were in a small group of people from our plane whose luggage got lost out at the Mumbai airport out on the tarmac, but waiting 2 hours for them to find our bags seemed like a good alternative to having no clean clothes after traveling 24 hours! Thankful that we had our bags in hand, we made our way out the door into steamy Mumbai. Looking through rows and rows of signs with people's names on them, we finally spotted a sign that made us look twice! Our driver met us with a smiling face and a sign that said "Tatty & Jelly" YWAM Air India.

Check back tomorrow for Day 1 in Pune!

Patty & Kelly (aka..Tatty & Jelly)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Heading to the Airport!

All the last minute details are done and we're loading up and heading to the airport. Bruce & I will pick up Kelly on the way.

Join us on our journey to India! Check back Saturday for our next blog post. We'll be on the road until then!

Glad to have you along,