The Simpson University School of Nursing team has arrived in Mori, India! After 54 hours in transit and four flights across the globe, we were greeted at the Rajamundry airport by Matt Saunders, Biology professor at Azusa Pacific University. We were treated to an exciting bus ride from Rajamundry through the lush tropical landscape of Andhra Pradesh, including coconut groves, many nurseries and the Godavari River. The ride was an awesome opportunity to see the Indian way of life firsthand and to catch a glimpse into the local culture.
Three hours later, we arrived in Mori, where we were warmly greeted by the staff of Riverside School, Subbamma Christian Hospital and local Pastors. We were adorned with gorgeous marigold flower garlands and treated to a beautiful rendition Shusti Kartha, a worship song in the local language Telegu. It was so exciting to see the wonderful people who are working to bring the good news of Jesus to the local people of Mori and we are honored to partner with them!
This morning (June 5 in India!) we took a short bus ride to a local church and had the opportunity to help the Azusa Pacific University students with Vacation Bible School. During that time, we put on a funny skit for the kids where we taught them about the importance of taking care of our bodies through hygiene, exercise and good nutrition because our bodies are gifts from God! The kids loved the skit and we had a wonderful time laughing and playing with them, but most importantly sharing the love of the Lord with them. We are so excited to see how the Lord will use us over the next two weeks!
After an afternoon of shopping, we had the honor to meet with Dr. Srinivasan, the Principle of the KIMS Nursing School (KIMS), who shared his school’s vision of reaching the unreached through rural and community health care. We learned that we have the opportunity to lead several seminars for 47 Indian nursing students from his school as well as another nursing school. He has invited us to go on a tour of his hospital and medical school, followed by a trip out to the jungle where we can put the rural health care principles we learned into practice! Please continue to pray for God’s blessing on our work as we provide health care and education in this part of India.