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Making time…

November 27, 2012 - All Posts, 2012 Operation Ekta

Today is a big day for everyone in the expedition.  It is about 6 am and I have been thinking about it all night with a looming yet joyful anticipation.  Today is the day when then teens have a great opportunity to shine by leaving a lasting impression on the children of India.  Today is when they say their goodbyes.  I have seen their potential since the first interviews and watched them grow through out the entire year.  It has been a truly amazing journey and I stand amazed at the amount of courage, compassion and pure love that has been shared.  Each day brings new surprises and challenges.  That is one great thing about India and life in general…  you never know what may lie just around the corner and it’s exciting for me to get glimpses into the future and see the incredible and innate possibility that each one of us has to do good, and to be good.  One of my challenges which may sound a little cliche, is that at times I feel like there are only 21 hours in a day ( especially here in India :).  Having a limited amount of time and “forced” deadlines has a refining effect of helping prioritize things in my mind.  I can’t seem to find the words to express my gratitude to my adult team leaders, they constantly make my laugh, occasionally make my cry and have always been there for me. Ready, willing and more than able!!  I am truly grateful for all of the people who have made this expedition possible. I am grateful for the support and generosity of my children, my family and  my friends.  ( all of whom I miss terribly when I am gone and who may never fully understand or appreciate why I come to India)  Coming to India fills my heart!!


With Love,




7 Responses to “Making time…”

  1. Love you Sunshine.

  2. Hello Chad. There are not enough or the right words to express the gratitude I have for you. Thank you, thank you!PS. Kelcie has not posted a word since she arrived in Chamba…we’d love to read her comments 🙂

  3. You’re an inspiration to us all Chad, continue what you’re doing! Can’t wait to hear all about your trip!

  4. I might be crying right now.

  5. We are so grateful for taking such good care of our son, and for setting such a great example. Your leadership and kindness speaks volumes! Thank you, thank you!

  6. Thanks for everything you’ve done for our kids and continue to do what a great experience for everyone! You have been a great leader and example to all of the kids. Thank you so much for all of your hard work. You will never know how much it is truely appreciated!

  7. Chad, you are a true mentor and guardian. Thank you for all your work on behalf of the YMAD kids and the Chamba kids. We are all so fortunate to have someone like you as such an outstanding example to our children. Our most sincere admiration and gratitude!

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