Tuesday, January 13, 2015


Today we spent the day with our friends at Destiny Foundation.  They have 2 locations in Kidderpore and Lake Gardens.  One is a prevention unit in a red light area for girls that have been able to get out of the life and the other is a training center for girls hoping for a new life.  We gave all of the girls pedicures, manicures, Satin Hands hand treatment, and told the story of Rachel and Leah.  Seriously y'all if you don't have this book:

The Jesus Storybook Bible

please RUN to the nearest Christian bookstore and purchase it TODAY.  I LOVE the way this book tells the story of Jesus.  We have read this story in several safe houses that we have visited and it has opened up so much conversation.  If you are involved in childrens ministry at all you should really consider it.

Lauren and Allie also showed the girls how to do the cup song from Pitch Perfect.  The girls all thought it was really neat and they were able to teach them how to do it as well.  Then the girls did a dance for us and sang us some songs.  We had a time of prayer and then sadly it was time to leave.  We were able to do a little bit of shopping at Destiny's production/training unit.  Their products are beautiful and all made from recycled saris.  If you have seen my Destiny blanket and makeup bag you know what I mean!

Then we returned home to the BMS.  If you are curious about where we are staying here is their website:

Baptist Missionary Society Kolkata

BMS is a lovely oasis from the busy streets of Kolkata.  It is in a gated area with high walls with barbed wire at the top.  We feel very safe and comfortable here.  It is not a 5 star hotel but it is "clean enough".  Your standards lower just a smidge on a mission trip.  :)  By the way if you have ever stayed at the BMS you will be shocked to learn that THEY NOW HAVE AN ELEVATOR!  No more dragging suitcases up 4 flights of stairs!

We ate dinner at the BMS (it was Chinese noodle night and we don't want to miss that!) and then headed out for a little bit of shopping at Maleek Bazaar.  It was a fun, crazy adventure as everything else is in India.  One thing I will never get used to here is the MASSIVE AMOUNT OF PEOPLE.  I know people say that New York City is the city that never sleeps but seriously....I have been to New York and Kolkata makes NYC look like a daycare.  I have never seen so many people in my life.  The streets are always busy and crowded and full of such interesting people.  Never.  A.  Dull.  Moment.  Never.

Good night from Kolkata!

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