entering the land of the gods

a study abroad journey

A Taste of Home

Through Katie, I received an opportunity to meet a family living in Hyderabad!

Sam and Becca are a unique couple. Sam was born and raised here in Hyderabad. But Becca is from the Midwest- living in both Ohio and Montana! The two met when Sam came to the U.S. to study at a bible school where Becca’s eldest sister was also studying. The rest was history!

As Mennonite Christians, the two decided to live in Hyderabad to spread the word of Christ. Now they have 3 children: Sonya is almost 16 years old, Jason is completing 8th class, and Jutson, the 4th class. All 3 are home schooled in their beautiful 3-story home.

In addition to their children, a women named Joy also lives with them. She has been working as a secretary for their ministry for about 4 years now. Similarly, Bethany is a young woman who, for the past semester, has served as a tutor/teacher for the children.

It was such a treat to be invited to their home and hear their stories. We arrived just in time for lunch. Being from the U.S, Becca tends to cook both Indian and American food. She made us taco salad fixings: marinated ground meat, fresh salsa, chips, cheese, and even fresh spinach! What a treat! To end the meal she served Jell-O pretzel salad, the kind you find at Lutheran potlucks. I was shocked. She said that friends from the States will bring back “American” items for them (like peanut butter, Jell-O, and Cool Whip powder), how silly. ๐Ÿ™‚

We spend the rest of the afternoon and evening relaxing. We played a great game of Taboo with the kids, sat outside sharing stories, and watched a movie together.

Katie and I stayed the night, and woke up to the Hyderabad sun streaming through our window. I eventually ended up in the kitchen ๐Ÿ™‚ Jutson was helping Mom as the official pancake flipper. Then I was employed to make “American” omelets. Instead of cooking egg in a pan, filling it with veggies, and folding it over, the Indians make their omelets differently. Instead, they mix the vegetables with the egg, fry it into a round, and then fold it over. So it is more like scrambled egg omelet rather than a filled omelet.

Once again, I felt so blessed to be welcomed by this family to share conversation and culture.ย I was pleased at how easy it was feel like “part of the family” and certainly hope to see them again soon.

It has been very windy today, again reminding me of the good ole Midwest winds! A group of students on a different study abroad program left yesterday so Tagore is feeling very quiet and empty.

Today I have devoted most of my “study time” to writing cover letters and tweaking my resume for potential summer positions (in both Lincoln and Sioux Falls). It is hard to even imagine what life will be like when I return to the States! But that is what life is about; new phases and transitions. However, I am reminded to also live in the moment here! On Thursday, I will be traveling to the North to celebrate Holi! Look for more details to come….

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