JULY 23rd - So today marks the end of the first week of classes for me at the Asian Christian College of Music. Things have gone well and I appreciate all the prayers at home as I continue to teach for the next two weeks. The students have been very welcoming and I have enjoyed the time we have spent together in class. I have officially posted selfies with each of the classes on Facebook so that is a mark of success, right? If that is not success, I have also become Facebook friends with several of the students and they informed me they are reading the blog and have already seen my website. I guess that means I can remind them all to not fall behind on the assignments for class here on my blog as well!
Tomorrow is Sunday and I am looking forward to attending worship at Life Fellowship for the second Sunday in a row. A few of the college students attend as well so I will get to see them as well. Monday is our day off and then I will start the next week of classes on Tuesday. The schedule is a little different each day to make time for other classes the students are taking. Mary teaches a vocal class for each year the students are at the college. She comes in on Tuesdays and Fridays. She told me yesterday that a number of her vocal students were conducting while they sang in her class. I know for sure they are practicing what we have learned.
After lunch today I ventured out for a walk. I have done this a couple of times and each time I go a little further and explore a little more. I stay on the main road because it would be very easy to get lost on a side street. The streets you turn down to go into the residential areas look like an alley in our town and most are a little wider than our sidewalks. If I did not know the turn was there, I would totally pass it by. I have learned to look for stores and signs I can use as guideposts to get me back to my temporary home. I found the entrance to the Mahatma Ghandi College today. I also stopped at the Big Bazaar on the way back. It is like a department store with everything you need. Each section of the store is on a different level, it was 6 stories high. I took my time and browsed a little. I just might have to get a couple shirts and pants while I am here. Clothing is really cheap here. On the way back I even saw a KFC across the street. I really don’t think I am going to come all the way to India to eat at a KFC. I can do that in Beatrice.
As I look back over this post I realize how random and scattered it is. I would apologize but I think the point of a blog is to record and share your thoughts and for tonight, this is the best it is going to get. I do miss home but I am also grateful to the college, the students and Abraham and Feba for taking such good care of me and giving me a wonderful appreciation for India. One other random thought, Feba’s mother has been with us for the past few days and it had been a joy to meet her!
This blog will journal my experiences as I prepare to go overseas this July and teach at the Asian Christian College of Music in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala in India.