REFLECTIONS OF INDIA - A TSUNAMI-RESPONSE YOUTH HOSTEL
December 30, 2006 - Anadapuram, Tamil Nadu
RIDING TO A YOUTH HOSTEL. I distinctly remember these two little girls at the youth hostel in Anandapuram, Tamil Nadu, India. After pedaling 75 miles from Nagercoil (via Kanniyakumari and Cape Comorin--the southern tip of India), we rode our bikes onto their campus on December 29. We spent the evening and enjoyed their singing, dancing and drama the next day before continuing our journey toward Bangalore.
TSUNAMI REPONSE. Many of the 200+ children who live at the youth hostel are part of families that suffered the full impact of the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004. This Free Methodist hostel expanded quickly in response to the tsunami. Children live free of charge at the youth hostel (thanks to those who sponsor children for $21 per month through International Child Care Ministries) and attend local public schools. They return to their families for holidays and summer break. The level of care and Christian witness here is truly admirable. Photo by Joe James
TRACK OUR TREK. Explore our six-week, 2,000-mile bicycle journey from the southern tip of India to New Delhi, December 29, 2006-February 8, 2007 at http://bicycleindia2007.blogspot.com/ and offer support for Umri Christian Hospital at http://www.bikeindia.org/