Most Excellent Adults Leaders- Steve Neff
I realized tonight that there is one blog post that is missing. We all write about the wonderful teens but the ones not to be overlooked are the amazing leaders that give all they have to help these teens grow and learn. I want to take some time share my love and admiration for the Adult leaders of Saktisali. There husbands, wife, fiancee and children need to know what great work they are doing.
Corey - She isthe boss, the driver and the power behind the operation. We are in India because of Corey. Today I learned that the Bengali word that sounds like Corey means to do. That is Corey she is a doer. She doesn’t want recognition and will kill me when she reads this, but she is the one that takes what YMAD provides and makes this trip happen. She loves the teens and the program immensely. Coming to India the first time was the second hardest thing she has done in life after being a mother (and wife). She does it for love of the people served. I can’t say enough good about Corey. (Admittedly,I am biased as she is the love of my life).
Steve Lloyd - Dr. Steve as he is called is a man of wisdom and depth. He has seen more pain and heartache; death and horror than a person should have to endure in a lifetime. He has used his past experience to make himself stronger and better. He likes everyone to believe that he is like the Grinch with a heart one size too small but it reality, if his heart were any bigger there would be no room for anything else in his chest. He is a man of humor and high expectations. He asks the teens to do great things and watches them meet his requests.
Melissa Thatcher - Melissa is a caretaker. It breaks her heart every time she leaves her husband and 2 daughters. Another thanksgiving away from them is very hard for her. She serves as Corey’s right hand. She makes sure the teens get the work done. She is full of love and compassion. She has such a desire to give of herself with all of us. Her zest for life is as boundless as her love. People want to be better when around her. Thank you, Steve for sending her with us.
Jill Moyes - I didn't know what to expect when I first met Jill. I have learned that she is an outstanding lady of service and talent. I am enthralled by the love she shares with her team. Her teens adore her and all the teens love her. We, adult leaders, appreciate her quiet commitment to do good and her steely determination to fight for what is right. Her willingness to serve and her desire to make great things happen. When she learned that there was work being done at Nishtha for disabled children, she insisted that our teens be allowed to meet these children and share our love with them. It made for some very impactful moments for the teens. Thank you, Joe for letting your wife join this adventure.
Stephanie Walgamott - Stephanie is sweet and kind as well as fiery and ferocious. She so wants to see these Indian children have a better life. She sees her team as a catalyst to making that happen. She pushes her team to bring strength and power to their lessons. She is filled with compassion for the people that we visit. She shows great interest and respect. I knew that this trip was hard on her and her husband as well as her 2 beautiful children. I didn’t realize that she was spending her 5th wedding anniversary with us as well. Her sacrifices have pushed her to use every moment in India to its fullest. She is a great lady. Thank you, Robert for watching the kids while she is with us.
Todd Adams - Todd was the last Adult Leader to join our team. It is a great pleasure to work with him. As I have watched him come out of his shell and love the people in his village, it is truly a sight to behold. He has a great love for the children and the connection to the people of India. He seems to be loving every minute of the trip. He excited to get up each morning for the adventures of the day. He is so full of life and love. He brings power and focus to his team. Thank you, Kelleen for sharing Todd with us for these last 10 months.
Jenny Adamson - Jenny is our intern and manager of the blog. She has been an inspired addition to our team. She should be home planning a wedding for her and her fiancee, Tayne. But she is here with us. She helps balance the work load for the teens with the compassion for what they are going through. She cares so much about your teens. She wants them to have the best experience possible. She pushes them to get the blogging done so that you can get timely updates. She is working hard to make this blog work. She is loved by the children here. They love her golden locks, her infectious smile and incredible soccer skills. Corey and I appreciate her for making our lives easier. We love her because she is such a great lady. Tayne, I promise we will get her back in time for the wedding.
These are our indescribable adult leaders. They are all much loved and very much appreciated. This post wouldn’t be complete without a shout out to the following ladies:
Eden Cowart the brains and power behind YMAD. Gretta Millett our quartermaster, and Allison Ford our education coordinator. These three women gives us what we need to succeed in India.
Finally, we must include our amazing home support and music coordinator, Miss Lynda Christensen. She taught us how to love by her example before we left and will continue when we return. Miss Lynda, we love you.