Sensory Overload. That was the best way to describe my initial reaction in South Asia. I was quite the tenderfoot on this adventure. I was exposed to a lot of new experiences through our trip. I had never flown in an airplane. I had never left the country. I was quickly immersed in a completely different world.
In the first 48 hours I saw, heard, smelled, and tasted things I had never before and all at once. Nothing breaks you in like riding an Auto-Rickshaw at midnight in a city that never sleeps with 20 million people living in it. I have no doubt that the traffic was a factor that strongly encouraged an elevation of prayer practice in our entire group!
One of the communities where the Lord has called us to serve is a densely populated slum on the outskirts of a major city in South Asia. It is home to close to 100 million people within 2 square miles. They reside in small sheet metal style huts, no bigger than 12 by 6 feet, with a thatched roof, no ventilation and no bathroom inside their homes.
The average household income for these people ranges from $4-$6 a day. Their mindset is that the more children they have the more money they can make by using them as laborers so there is usually 5 - 9 people living under one roof. The children roam around unsupervised playing with stray dogs and pigs.
People who have never been to this place will have a hard time imagining the extremely poor hygienic conditions under which the people live, with open drains and areas near homes used as their restroom.
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