India 2016/2017

Wow!  We are home from our trip to India.  This was Tyler’s 3rd trip, my 2nd trip, and Josh’s 1st trip.  Things have changed a lot since our trip 2 years ago.  There has been a lot of construction in Vijayawada.  It is the new capitol of Andhra Pradesh, so there has been a complete renovation of the airport–which was needed.  Lot’s of new and improved roads, and many buildings constructed or under construction.  The government has also gone through changes, which is in large part responsible for our lack of communication while in country.  The Prime Minister is not only pro-Hindu, but is anti-Christian.  We were going on with our daily activities, and had posted a few pictures and updates on facebook, and suddenly a call was received inquiring about the 3 of us.  It was a government official, and we are not sure what triggered the call, but from then on we decided to take extra precautions which included removing our facebook posts and basically staying quiet about our events.  Honestly, I was a little concerned about going through customs as we left India, but everything went off without a hitch.  It was a wonderful trip despite the extra scrutiny.  We will have numbers in about a week or so.  I am working on getting our photos uploaded and once I do, I will post some on here and write more.  We also took a video camera with us this year, and I recorded some of the singing with my phone, so I hope to be able to share a lot more this time than I was able to last time. We are trying to get acclimated back to this time zone before we have to return to work on Monday, and we are again having internet issues at home, so with all of that, and the volume of pictures, I am not sure when I will get finished.  Thank you all for your prayers and interest!

Michele

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