The announcement was like a whisper in my ears. Like, "Hey, Ninz. This is for you. Here's your chance."
So I jumped on it. And (not) coincidentally, I took the last spot available. It's exciting but nerve-wracking, too. This will be my first trip without my parents, the Indian natives. I know my skin is brown and I look Indian BUT I'm not. I may need to pack toilet paper...
But I digress, the two weeks I'll have there will be packed with exposure to some of the most impoverished areas of India I've ever seen. Living and visiting Kerala, I saw some poverty but the exposure was limited.
I'm also excited to meet the people that work for the Mar Thoma Church in Mumbai. The diocese itself is considered the "missionary diocese" and missions is its number one priority.
Now, I'm guessing here, but some of the places I'll visit are:
Navajeevan Centre - The centre includes a day and night care center for children, a women's unit focused on rehabilitation, empowerment and reintegration, primary and secondary education, and a vocational training center.
Kalyan Special School - aids in the education and development of mentally challenged children
The burden of this diocese is to cover more than 250 unreached villages in Maharashtra and Gujarat.
Obviously, this trip will be transforming. And I'll be taking you with me!