Ready for Anything
As many of you may have guessed at this point, both Josh and I are not in India this summer as planned. We had been preparing for a 12-week immersion in North India, where we would be applying our skills on the field. However, as the end of our Spring semester came to a close, some decisions had to be made for the benefit of the whole team. For this reason, it is important that we, as the people of God, are ready for anything.
There were some difficulties in finalizing details for housing and transportation while Josh and our small team would be in India. Although most of my time was designated for spending time with local midwives and offering childbirth education in the slums, other logistics would have prevented me from doing this to the best of my ability. However, Josh is still going to India for a short time this summer (July 17- August 10). He was asked to serve the team through assisting the band Unnamed Servant (who are also functioning as facilitators) and helping team members process their experience in the 3rd world. Josh will also have opportunities to learn from some of the leading agricultural experts in the world. He is very excited and blessed for this opportunity, which will strengthen his familiarity with Indian society as well as assist in establishing long term contacts.
As I am in the practicum portion of my Childbirth Education program, I have many hours to fulfill in attending prenatals, births, post-partum care and breastfeeding support. I have been able to provide education and support for women this summer which has made these past few months very productive and exciting! While Josh is in India, I will be in Farmington, New Mexico supporting and attending the birth of my best friend, Brittany Mirabal. Josh and I will be spending a total of 5 1/2 weeks apart from one another but we are blessed to know that we are being obedient to God’s call on our lives by making sacrifices in order to serve those we love.
Thank you to all of those who have sent support through donations and prayers. We continue to need them as our lives continue to make more dramatic turns! We hope to keep you updated as Josh travels throughout India on the intricate train system, serving the poor and as I educate and love on women in their greatest time of need.