I’m going to India TOMORROW!

I’m going to INDIA tomorrow!!  INDIA – that’s on the other stinkin’ side of the dang world!  I know, I looked it up. I actually got out a globe and looked.  When we were kids and we tried to dig our way to China in the backyard, we were wrong. We weren’t digging to China, we were digging to India!  I am a little concerned about how I am gonna cram my 9 foot legs and my A.D.H.D. brain in an airplane for 14 hours on my flight to the other side of the world but I’m sure that once I’m there that will seem insignificant and petty.

I cannot believe I’m getting to do this.  I am so blown away at this opportunity God has dropped in my lap. I’m going with my good friend Coby Colley and Asian Partners International.  We’ll be working in New Dehli, Gorakpur, Varanassi, Patna, and several other places I can’t pronounce.  We have many things planned but what I am most pumped about is working with the people who minister to the orphan beggars at the rail stations.  These are the kids portrayed in the movie Slumdog Millionaire.  These kids are horribly abused and forced to beg for money to pay off their pimps.  Not sure if that’s what they’re called but somehow it seems fitting.  I will be working with the leaders there to help them understand how to talk/minister/reach out to someone who has been abused.  If you know my story of childhood sexual abuse then you know this is something I am really thrilled to have the opportunity to do.

I am really excited and somewhat nervous.  I’ve done mission work in Mexico and Haiti but I’ve been warned that nothing can prepare me for what I will see in India.  I’ll be updating this blog and twittering whenever I can to keep you posted on what is happening so you can pray specifically.  Thanks to everyone who is praying and those who provided funding for this trip.  I couldn’t have done this without you!

God Bless ya – Runks