India in their last week

It is hard to believe that a week from today, we will be flying back to the States for Debrief. We are experiencing our “lasts” – last church service in India, last Kraft Mac and cheese, last trip to town, etc. It is a very bittersweet time. Everyone is excited about going home and seeing their families. However, no one is excited about having to part with our team family.

The team is healthy for the most part – we have had complete count offs for a few days now! Their appetites have increased which makes the lady leaders happy. There are fewer leftovers which makes the Nationals unhappy 😍.

The project is going well. The footers are completed and over 80 columns have been poured. We have started the trusses for the new kitchen/dining hall. The team is determined to give 110 percent during their last three days of work!

We are planning on visiting the orphans one last time on Wednesday afternoon or evening. We will be taking them kook-aid and cookies. The team is looking forward to,spending time with them.

On Saturday afternoon, the team visited a village close by and planted trees. They enjoyed spending time with the people living in the village.

Last night, Kaitlyn shared in her devotions about being adopted and today we celebrated her “gotcha day”.

We plan on working through Wednesday, packing up and cleaning on Thursday and leaving early on Friday for the airport. We will fly to Delhi and will be shopping on Friday afternoon/evening, seeing the Red Fort and the Taj Mahal on Saturday. We will have time for more shopping before our flights on Sunday evening/early Monday morning.

Thank you so much for your prayers. Please continue to pray for the health of the team, safety in our travels and that we will all finish strong.

India has been amazing and I am really sad the time here is almost over. The Lord has really taught me to be thankful for what I have. I have never seen so much poverty in my life, and it really breaks my heart to see it. I realize truly how much there is in my room and in my house that we don’t really need. Also, the Lord has taught me not to be afraid when you get charged at by a water buffalo (cliffhanger mom 😁😁😁😁).- Sarah W.

God has been teaching me a lot about being secure in the gifts He has given me and how to use them. It’s going to be really hard to leave this team in a few days! – Maddie B.

The time we have had here in India has been a really neat experience and God has been teaching me a lot of things through the work, culture, and people. It really makes me grateful for my family and the life I have at home! I can’t wait to go back to the orphanage later this week and say good-bye to the kids. I have really missed them a lot! –  Phoebe

I guess India is a country that is good at teaching its visitors without even trying. What I mean by that is by just seeing India as its true self, I have already learned multiple lessons. The fact that almost everyone I have seen so far has so much less than me has humbled me…and opened my eyes to see the things I’ve never seen before. I’ve never really thought about how blessed I am or how extremely gifted I am to have been adopted by my family. I mean, I could have been an orphan like many of the kids I have seen. God has taught me to be more aware – aware of what I have, aware of the spiritual battles round me and aware of the world I live in. – Hannah

God has been doing a lot here in India and it’s an exciting thing to witness. In my life personally, He’s been teaching me humility as well as perseverance through the work projects. Even though it hasn’t been the easiest thing in the world, I am so thankful God has placed me on this team! – Madison P.

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  1. This update means so much to me!! I spent almost all of Sunday (July 24th – Kaitlin’s and my “gotcha” day thinking about her and missing her and praying for her!! Although we couldn’t be together to celebrate, I am so thankful she is on this journey with the Lord and I am so thankful for the Kostners and her team, celebrating this special day with her when I couldn’t be there!! I love you, Kaitlin!! I am so thankful for the GIFT of YOU!

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