Finally Connecting

Wow! A week has flown by so fast! I mean travelling was probably the longest 48 hours of my life but the rest of this has been crazy! I’m loving my school and the kids there so much! When we first showed up at the Bini school the kids were a little stand-offish and really shy. The next day all the girls were able to connect with the kids but I was really struggling getting close with anyone. It was a little disheartening but our 3rd and most recent day was phenomenal. The kids have really opened up and seeing them everyday is incredible and though they may not be smiling in the photo they are super happy in person! Everyday after the kids leave school we have a team meeting to talk about what went well and prepare for the next day, but yesterday the kids waited for us and a lot of them walk back up to the Jeep with us. It was seriously the coolest thing. One boy (Omkar) gave me a huge hug before we drove away. I was really happy that I was finally able to connect with the kids and I’m super sad that I will only have 2 more days of teaching with them.

My team and I had the opportunity to paint a mural on a wall inside our school while everyone was gone (today was Good Friday so there was no school). My team and I are so crazy excited to see their reaction to the mural on Monday! I am so grateful for all of the people I have her in India. I’ve been able to become good friends with all the leaders and youth in my group. It has been incredibly cool to experience this culture and get to interact with it. The teacher at our school knows English so we’ve been able to have some good chats with her and learn a lot about the community and culture. For example the drums we had heard all day at school was for the dedication of a home in which the whole village celebrates. My time here has been so incredible and Jibhi camp has been super nice. We have had to kill a few gigantic menacing spiders that were hiding behind our toilet but other than that Jibhi Camp has been awesome. We are camped out in probably the coolest place I have ever been. The Himalayas put Utah’s mountains to shame. The villages and markets perched on the face of the mountainsides is one of the coolest things I have ever seen. I can’t wait to get home and show you all pictures and video. 

I’ve been gone for a week and I’ve been doing pretty good away from home. Is it bad that I haven’t really thought about anyone at home until now? Maybe, maybe not. All I know is I love it here and the experience is something I would never trade for anything. I love you all at home so much and I am super excited to see you all in a week, but for right now I’m looking forward to going back to the school on Monday. Love you all!

Tyler Brown

PS: Has my mission call come yet?