Pratt Tribune and Kiowa County Signal correspondent Hannah Brown gives a first-hand report of her recent mission trip to India.
On July 25, five Barclay College students and one professor headed on a mission trip to another country for two and a half weeks. As I am a Haviland, Kansas native, this was truly an adventure.
After driving to the Wichita airport, my team and I flew to Chicago. A delay made our layover very short, so after running through the airport we boarded the plane for a 14-hour flight.
Three more flights later we finally made it to our destination, Belgaum, India. The 10.5-hour time difference was hard to get used to, so my team and I took the rest of the day to rest before starting our mission work.
Our purpose for traveling to India was to work with a ministry that helps to take girls out of prostitution. Our time in Belgaum was spent working at a Vacation Bible School for people from members of local churches.
This wasn’t quite the same as the VBS we know in American churches. This was for a wide range of ages and wasn’t full of games or crafts, there were more worship times and sermons.
After this VBS, we traveled to Bangalore by train. This is where we spent the bulk of our time.
There was a conference for youth and young adults that we were able to attend. This conference was attended by eight countries in Asia, plus the six Americans in my group. This was a great opportunity to learn about other countries and cultures.
When the conference was over, we headed to Goa to rest and relax. Goa is a beach resort town, and we were able to stay in a beautiful hotel right on the beach. We were able to go out on the beach, relax by the pool and eat some fancy Italian food.
This was a great day to catch our breath after a lot of ministry and hard work.
Next, we flew to Delhi, a large city in northern India. Here we did some sightseeing, some resting, and some shopping in the local markets. It was a great way to see the culture of people in India, both young and old.
During the last few days of our trip, we rode a high-speed train to see one of the seven wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal. This was a wonderful experience and something I’d never be able to experience in my small town in Kansas.
On July 11, we finally made our way to the airport to make the journey home. The flights were long but smooth and allowed us to arrive safely to the open arms of our families.
I learned a lot about different cultures and I’m excited to have had the opportunity to travel internationally. I am thankful for the doors opened by my connections with Barclay College of Haviland and encourage other to find similar opportunities to travel the world.