My time in India was a very awesome and life changing experience. Some of my favorite times were seeing the ways the people from India worshipped at church and the children’s eagerness to learn and play like any other children. Seeing their smiles and wonder at seeing strangers come to see them from another country gave me a respect for the many immigrants that have to come to Canada and try to communicate with us without knowing the language.
Even though I assisted on the mission trip, I really feel that I was the one who learned something. Some of my favorite memories were driving in India, going to the market with the team and speaking at the church meeting. I really enjoyed seeing the beach and meeting some of the local people there. The traffic on the way to the beach was interesting. There were big bales of Hay stacked on the back of little trucks, and others on carts pulled by oxen. Other images that stood out was seeing the people balance big loads of merchandise on their head and walk with it down the street. Most of us would not even be able to carry the load down the street very far!
My most rewarding experience was helping in Kolcutta at Mother Theresa’s centre for children with physical handicaps. The children were between 1 and 5 years old and they were happy and enjoyed being played with and were well taken care of by the nuns. Volunteers came in from all over the world to help the children and feed them. Local volunteers also came every day. These were the lucky ones. Many of the children born there don’t have access to this care or are looked after in this manner.
Finally, the Lord has a huge heart for all of these people. It was over whelming to think about reaching all of these people if we were to look at the whole picture; but Jesus said to do it one person at a time. So that is what I am going to do every day. Try to reach others one person at a time.