Dear Avid Blog Subscribers…

We have some fresh and exciting news for you that we believe you will find enjoyable. Last Tuesday, September 6th, Real Life changed it's name and became the Passport. With the name change, came a renewed vision for college-aged missions. Read more here, to see what we're talking about. And check out our new promo video of "more awesome'ness":   A slew of teams just launched last week to six different countries. These teams will be on the field until mid-December. To follow one of these amazing teams, click one of the flags and you will be transported...

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Update from Calcutta

We spoke with India team leader Carin, and the team has safely arrived in Calcutta. On their way to Calcutta from Ongole, the girls were able to stop long enough for a movie and some Baskin Robbins. They were tired, but in good spirits. 🙂 Carin will have all her team members blog within the next couple days. Please pray for renewed energy and rest after their long travels. We know God still has so much for them in India. Thank you for all the prayers and support. Real Life field support team

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What we do Together

Was spending time with Jesus this morning and this is the schedule He made for us.   We sense the beauty of Your Holiness We find the place where stillness meets joy; reverence compels action. We are soaking up the riches of His presence. Lavished in His love.  Completely awakened to who He is in this day. We are refreshed by the presence of Jesus.  We give all our tasks, concerns, plans to Him and carry a gracious load of exchange – easy and light. We are illuminated  branches abiding in the vine, ingrafted and finding new life, along with the dynamics of remaining...

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Lice are Love

Kids are gross. There’s no doubt about it. Imagine every bodily function you are capable of having happen all at the same time, to multiple children, all in the same room. Yet the only thing separating kids from adults hygiene-wise is that we are just better at hiding our grossness. My lovely teammate Francesca suggested this profound parallel to me one day when I was complaining about cleanliness: we are gross to God because we are covered in sin.  Who wants to pick up a smelly, drool-covered, needing-a-diaper-changed baby? Too quickly I want to volunteer not to. But we were soiled...

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oh the things we do for LOVE

India is beautiful. Although I have only seen a small part of it, I know I will likely return. I must admit that my love of this place has grown. Initially I expected to be enamored with India immediately– this was not the case.  The development of my love has been a process…much Like most things in this country. Interacting with the kids at the orphanage has helped my love grow as well as the support and encouragement I receive from my FABULOUS teammates. In addition, the food here is the best…I Have never eaten so much spicy food in my life…American Food might...

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If I Were A Butterfly

“If I were a butterfly, I’d thank you Lord, for giving me wings. And if I were a robin in a tree, I’d thank you Lord that I could sing. And if I were a fish in the sea, I’d wiggle my tail and I’d giggle with glee. But I just thank you, Father, for making me, me. ‘Cause you gave me a heart and you gave me a smile, you gave me Jesus and you made me your child. So I just thank you, Father, for making me, me.” I sing this song to most of the children at Sarah’s Covenant Home. I feel that they need to hear this, even if they don’t understand it....

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