Thursday, January 29, 2009

Leaving on a Jet Plane

I am about to go milk Coco. The teeny little backpack is packed. The list is pretty much checked off. I have never in my life traveled with so little stuff. We are going to be flying to Chennai tomorrow. Hours after we arrive we will take an 18 hour train journey to the state of Orissa where we will be getting to know some of the pastors and wives of the area. Many of these people have undergone severe persecution last year over the months of August through December. Homes of tens of thousands of christians were destroyed as well as schools and churches. At least 50 people were killed in the violence. Many more were raped, injured, maimed. We hope to encourage and help in whatever way we can. I am so happy to have the chance to make the acquaintance of some of the people we have been praying for for months.

This is a big trip for me. I have never been away from the family or the farm for 2 whole weeks. Last night I started to feel very weepy as I hugged little girls and big boys at bedtime. I already miss them and our farm.

Even so, I have a tingly feeling, eager to get off that airplane in a completely different world. New sounds, smells, tastes. A world where many many people do with much less. Less everything. Less food, less clothing, less privacy, less money, less clean bathrooms, less security, less freedom. Not to mention all the more: more people, more germs, more sickness, more poverty, more faith??? I wonder what lessons I will learn? I hope to let you know in a couple of weeks or so!

Farewell family. Farewell farm. Farewell Coco and cold night skies and squacking guineas and woolly sheep and cuddly cats and big fat mama goats and scratching chickens and barking dogs and grass-fed steers and pregnant Priscilla and quacking ducks and ice covered pond and warm fireplace and comfortable pillow and lamp and book to read at night. Farewell blog friends. I hope to bring back wonderful stories of India.


Beth said...

Ginger, I'm new to your blog, but I've enjoyed so much reading about your life---and what a sweet and lovely life it is! I like your writing very much and your strong and quiet testimony. I wish for you a safe and blessed journey and I hope you are able to make a difference in the lives of the people there. I'm sure they will make a difference in yours.

P.S. I couldn't help but notice that you listed Babette's Feast as a favorite movie. We adore that movie! It's one of the few films that I don't mind seeing over and over again.
Beth said...

Thanks! Welcome to the farm. Yes, Babette's Feast is an awesome movie. Come back and visit the blog soon!

Redhen said...

Bon Voyage, buddy. I hope you will have a wonderful two week adventure!

I'll keep an eye on what's happening with the kids and Philip -- and probably provide a couple or three meals so that he doesn't have to cook so much.

You've got plenty of friends to help out in an emergency, so don't worry too much and concentrate on India. We'll be looking forward to hearing about the trip when you get back.

CountryDew said...

Hope it is a great trip! Looking forward to hearing all about it.

Tom Atkins said...

Our prayers follow you on your adventure!