Posted by: nemerson | July 25, 2008

We made it to India!

All glory to God–we have arrived at our home base, the Comforter Action Mission Trust(CAMT) building, doing well and with all of our luggage!  Thank you for all of your prayers that have carried us through!

Grace enjoying the plane ride...

Grace enjoying the plane ride...

I won’t bore you with the details of how our incredibly long flight became incredibly longer, but let’s just say it has to do with inclement weather in New York leading to one cancelled flight, one pilot who is just about to land but tells us he couldn’t see the runway, another pilot who says, “We are number 51 in line for take-off,” and hanging out on the tarmac for about 5 hours  Yikes!

While we were waiting our turn for take-off, Rose asked Bob how he was doing. “It doesn’t get any better than this!” he said.  Oh man, Bob!  It does get better than this!  But I’m so glad you’re enjoying the journey.

Grace is also enjoying the journey, thus far.  She slept for a good 6 or 7 hours–mostly on the tarmac.  We had three seats for the two of us, so she laid down in two of them, and I went back and forth from the third seat to sleeping on the floor.  It was actually…

pretty cozy down there–and no stinky feet around!  Bob and Rose caught a few winks in the upright position.

We all watched lots of movies (4 or 5 each!) on our way-cool personal video screens.  They have about 100 movies to choose from plus TV shows, HBO, music and games.  Grace was thrilled to be able to watch movie after movie–until she watched a National Geographic special on polar bears that made her cry when a cub lost its mother.  So dramatic!  She has handled all the traveling like a champ.

There's Bombay!

There's Bombay!

We made it to our hotel in Bombay around 2am, and we had until 10am to sleep before leaving for our next flight. Grace had a wonderful sleep!  The rest of us just enjoyed having a bed to lie down in even though sleep didn’t really come.

A wild car ride to the Domestic Airport started our hearts racing Thursday morning!  Since all of our suitcases and us couldn’t fit into one car, we took two separate cars–Bob and Rose in one, and Grace and I in the other. We kept passing each other in the busy traffic, horns blaring everywhere.  It was fun but certainly kept you on the edge of your seat!  While were were driving, Grace said, “I actually like India better than America.”

“Really?” I said.   “Why’s that?”

“Because you don’t even have to wear seatbelts here–or booster seats!”  Ah, the priorities of a 6-yr-old…

Our 2-hour flight from Bombay to Coimbature, Tamil Nadu, was blissfully uneventful–and they even served us lunch.  There are no “gates” at the domestic airports in India.  All the planes are just lined up on the tarmac, and you walk or take a bus to your plane.  Thankfully, it was cloudy but not really raining.  It had poured during the night!

Pastor Jamie and Ragu with us, ready to leave the airport

Pastor Jamie and Ragu with us, ready to leave the airport

Pastor Jamie and our wonderful friend Ragu met us at the airport in Coimbature with fragrant flower necklaces.  Ragu and Balu, our driver, loaded all the suitcases on the roof of Jamie’s jeep, and we headed into the The Nilgris Mountains for a 3-hour drive.

Loading Grace--I mean, the suitcases--onto the jeep

Loading Grace--I mean, the suitcases--onto the jeep

As we climbed the steep mountain, monkeys lined the side of the road.  You should have seen Grace’s thrill of excitement when she saw those monkeys!  Her eyes were just bugging out of her head!  She said she counted 32, but there were so many, it was hard to count.

Pastor Jamie’s wife, Shirley, had a wonderful American dinner for us when we arrived “home” around 6pm–chicken, french fries, rice, chapati (Indian bread), and even Sprite.  Grace spent the rest of the evening exploring, trying to bring a cow home with us (they roam free), and playing with Abby, Pastor Jamie’s daughter.  Abby speaks great English, and they hit it off right away.

Our home away from home--the CAMT building

Our home away from home--the CAMT building

Friday, we will be leaving for a small village called Gudalur that was the first Adopt-A-Village done by CAMT.  It was adopted about 2 years ago.  We’ll actually be staying in a hotel near there for two nights.  This will give us three days there–meeting the people, observing how the Adopt-A-Village functions, putting on a Children’s Program, and attending Sunday morning worship there in the village.

Check for my next post probably on Sunday when we return to CAMT.


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  1. Praise God!!! As I was flight tracking your flights I thought you would never leave NY! Sounds like all is well and I can’t wait to hear how the next few days go.
    To my husand- I miss you and love you!!
    Enjoy India everyone!

  2. Oh how wonderful to hear from you. Keep the pictures coming. It’s great fun actually seeing you in India. How about some pictures of those monkeys. Maybe Grace posing with a group of them :>)
    Love to you all !!

  3. Dad and I are glad to hear you are there safe and sound and with luggage. Hi Grace, stay close to Mom please.

  4. So glad to hear that you have safely arrived in India~ We’ll be praying for all of you~ Please
    remember to keep Erica in prayer as well — she
    is in Mexico now — right where the hurricane just dumped 12 – 15″ of rain!!!!
    God Bless~

  5. Oh, it is so great that you are there! You must be having an amazing time! Grace, you sound like you are thoroughly enjoying your time in India so far. Aunt Rose, I hope you are doing well. Love you guys!! See you in a few weeks.

  6. Jill and Grace– HI!! It sounds like you are having fun so far in India. Grace really tried to bring home a cow?!? Anyway, we are about to leave for Manchester (then Detroit, then Muskeegan,is that spelled right?)! Yikes. We are very sorry,but in Michigan we do not have your blog icon on the screen so we dont know how to look at your website, but we will check as soon as we get home…at midnight!! (So far, I have been checking your blog every single day!!!) You will be able to give us the ”lowdown” when you get back anyway! Wish us luck! — Natalie
    PS– Jane says:” hihihihihihihihihihihihi! I miss you! Have fun! Bye!
    PPS– Tell Grace that we will freak out if she brings home a cow!!

  7. This is so much fun watching your travels “live”. What a fantastic experience – I can understand why Grace is so excited to experience a new country and culture – Thanks for the pictures and stories – will check in when we return home – have fun! jane-hiya eggie and grace! how are you? we are fantabulous! we are about to leave to begin our long journey to michigan! we miss you bunches! gotta go! daddy is barking at us to get in the car. i think he is overwhelmed. send us more stories and pictures! have oodles of fun! we’ll write again soon! -jane.

  8. Do you ever stop and say outloud, “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” Wow. Wasn’t it just last week that you were a counselor at HTR??? Now you are off in India…..with your six year old daughter! Good for you. Have a safe and healthy trip. Blessings to both of you, as well as all the others in your group. Maybe next time I can come along as your JC? LOL.

  9. yay! you made it to India! I’m praying for you! Give Grace a hug for me!

  10. Thank you for a wonderfully detailed blog. It’s almost like traveling with you.
    So glad you arrived safely and are having such a wonderful adventure.
    Happy Birthday Grace! How special to be celebrating it in India! I’m glad you’re having so much fun!

    Love to you all,

  11. This is really cool being able to see you as you travel on this adventure. Had a wonderful time at SHOWCASE and visiting with Teresa and family.
    Will tell you all about it when you get home.
    Would love to see some of Grace’s facial expressions with each new exciting experience she has. Watch out! She might want to sneak one of those monkeys into her suitcase.

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