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Another Year In The Books – Brayden Forbes

August 9, 2013 - All Posts, 2013 Operation: Hanuman

Today our time teaching has come to an end.  After four exciting days of interacting and teaching the new mountain girls, we sent them off on the bus today.  They taught us a lot about humility and love.  One of the more frightening/exhilarating experiences we had was when one of the girls passed out during the middle of a workshop. It was an unwanted opportunity for the medical team to work.  When we checked for a pulse, we found none.  That was the most terrifying moment of the trip.  Thankfully, we were wrong, and soon found a pulse elsewhere.  After a few minutes she gained consciousness, and everyone was relieved.  We were a bit confused by the event, but figured these girls were under a lot of anxiety and stress being in a new environment with strange foreigners, causing them to be a bit overwhelmed. All in all, they grew close to us, and we had a successful time teaching them English.
Today was a sweet day.  We ended our time in Chamba by doing a cultural exchange with the Temple orphans.  I couldn’t have asked for a better way to end the trip here.  Because of scheduling conflicts with their school, we couldn’t teach them very much this expedition.  So, it was sweet to exchange songs and dances before we left.  I struggled as we said goodbye, and as we watched them walk out the back gate of our house.  I was a little heart broken because all I could think about was their future, what trials they might face, and the fact that I don’t know when I will see them again.  I love those girls, and look forward to seeing their progress in the years to come.

Peace & Blessings,


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