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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A Long But Good Day

--We left the hotel at 7.30 a.m. for a 2.5 hour bus ride to Pune, where the headquarters of the Hindustani Covenant Church (HCC) are located and many amazing ministry sites.
--20 minutes into our journey, the bus suspension broke.  Luckily, no one was injured.  We pulled over to the side of the road and waited while parts were brought in on an auto rickshaw and the bus was eventually fixed.
--2 hours beyond our expected arrival time, we finally arrived at the HCC headquarters.  Had a wonderful briefing on their amazing work in India and ate a delicious lunch of spiced rice and vegetables.
--Visited a house where girls who are rescued out of the prostitution slave trade are brought for rehab.  Heard about how this has unfolded.  Girls are taught to bake and sew as a means to pursue a new life.
--Visited an underground area where much prostitution takes place.  Met a woman who got out of the trade and now spends her time helping others try to do the same.
--Visited a transgendered person's apartment.  Met a transgendered woman who has been instrumental in getting this population recognized as human beings and fighting for their rights.
--Took a 3 hour bus ride back to Panvel, arriving at 10.30 p.m.  The dense traffic is overwhelming...where are all these people going at all hours of the day and night?
--I ended up with some allergy issues due to the dust and pollution.  Also got bit by something...fleas, mosquitos??  Not sure.  Took an allergy pill.  Now I need to sleep.
--That was my day.  How was yours?

(I am very tired tonight so this is brief without photos, just to keep you in the loop of what we've been up to.  It was an amazing day, filled with images and experiences that will take some time to fully sort out.  The church here is doing amazing things.  We need to learn from them.  One of their mottos is Pray, Provide, Participate.  Sounds pretty good to me.)