Most of the team went out to an area with a handful of coffee shops and ate together, but then split up a bit to make sure they could find a cozy place to read and journal and reflect on the summer. Alecia and Mary Emily went to a shop together and found a sweet spot. After they had been there for a few hours, a guy came up to Alecia and asked her if she was a student and what she was studying, as he had seen her reading this book and writing a lot. She was able to talk a while with this guy and ended up giving him an extra Bible she had with him.
We all met back at the flat and soon thereafter left for Hard Rock. Amy had gone before us to set up the room with all the gifts and candies for travelling. Each person was given a superlative (make sure you ask everyone what they got!) such as "Most Culturally Versatile", "Most Likely to Use a Flow Chart" and "Least Likely to Bargain for a Rickshaw". (All jokes from our few weeks together.) It's been so fun to be here with this team and last night was a wonderful time of celebrating all the fun we've had together and the way the Lord has knit our hearts together. We are truly blessed to have had these weeks together, and I'm especially thankful for them as I am now staying behind in India to live here for the year. I can't imagine coming on my own and not having had these last five weeks to get acclimated to this new home without my team!
|BFF with the Squatty|
|Most Likely to Use a Flow Chart|
Almost everyone ordered a burger last night, and they were quite delicious; although, I've been sick today so I hope no one else has been as they're travelling back. The team is about half way now. They've been travelling, or at least on the go, for the past 12 hours. They left the flat at 5:30AM and should be boarding their flight in London soon to fly to the States. Needless to say, they will be tired by the time they hit American soil.
For the night, I also made a slideshow/video from all the pictures taken this summer. It was so fun to remember all the way back to Myrtle Beach up to now and see pictures of everything in between! From Myrtle Beach, layovers in airports, setting our eyes on India for the first time, riding in autos, eating Indian food, the fresh lemony scent at the Lemon Tree to celebrating 4th of July, riding a train to Jaipur, living in apartments, teaching in homes, trying on sariis, drinking chai, wandering around malls, sharing pizzas, dancing to Call Me, Maybe all around India, riding in a taxi to the Taj, and watching the Olympics together most nights, I'm so thankful for this summer. The Lord has been faithful, and by His grace, we have been found faithful. Love you guys - you carry my heart.