May 15, 2018

“God is sooooo great!” 11-year-old Ramya Sri said with assurance as we sat together, swinging our legs off the edge of the cement wall, looking out onto the park. “When I am feel sad, when I am crying…God will speak to my heart and say, Why are you crying? Don’t feel s...

April 19, 2018

One year in India teaches you to just go with the flow. Often times, India life calls you to GO even when you have no idea what will happen. Plans are figurative and time is flexible (i.e. “5 minutes” could actually mean 10 minutes or 30 minutes). 

Last month, Carly and...

March 27, 2018

When I first met Sara, she was shy, isolated from the other children, and had a constant look of fear in her eyes. She seemed insecure of her speaking and behaviors due to her severe hearing impairment. She has had this disability since birth, and the school is trying...

March 11, 2018

A glimpse of the Kingdom of Heaven was revealed to me as I shared a special moment with the folks at the Mary Martha Home for the Aged. This Saturday, Carly and I went for a visit to spend time with the residents. I have been conducting therapeutic music sessions at th...

September 21, 2017

Hello friends and family! Time for a #ThrowBackThursday. I realized that I never posted about the activities of our Summer Missions Team from June. SO much happened during that time, and I wasn't able to keep up with my personal blog as well as the Hope for People blog...

September 20, 2017

My last post was about freedom and patriotism, but it was so full that I did not get a chance to share with you about my end-of-the-month events. Keep reading!

I had the honor to sing the Indian National Anthem and the American National Anthem for the Chief Minister of...

September 6, 2017

A swarm of students surrounded me, hands extended ready to shake my hand, wishing me a “Happy Independence Day, Miss!” The students looked radiant in their white uniforms and Indian flag accessories. Some dressed up as the freedom fighters, and some older girls wore be...

August 3, 2017

Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. Proverbs 16:3

“Hello? Evaridi?"

“Namaskarandi, ni peru Annela. Are you Subba Lakshmi Ma’am?”


“Hello, nenu Annela. Mori Riverside School-lo unnanu. Nenu music therapist.”


“Hi, I’...

July 23, 2017

Agra Day 4 - 5/27

I was in awe as I entered the East Gate of the Taj Mahal. This stunning wonder of the world was right before my eyes. The gate perfectly framed the glowing white marble structure, as if it were a picture. The symmetry and immense grandiosity was unbeli...

July 6, 2017

Jaipur Day 3 - 5/26

I rode an elephant.

No trip to India is complete without this experience. We visited an elephant village, where there are over 150 elephants living on a reserve. When I came close to this majestic creature, I was in awe. They are so peaceful, elegant,...

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