Help in India, part 1
Help in India
part one of three
This is a biographical account of my missionary aid trip to India with the Dixon Living Hope Church. We first meet at the pastor office in Dixon, California, where lots of people from the church said their goodbyes to the India team. Soon, it was time to leave for the San Francisco Airport. After arriving, we waited for what felt like a lifetime. Some of us were scared- we were unaware of what would happen next, and what the next two weeks were going to be like.
Our first step at the airport was to go through security, where we were all checked by a metal detector. After the metal detector, we got checked again by a wand. We knew that our plane was very secure, which made us all feel better about our voluntary trip. My bag went through the x-ray machine, and I got some help from a young dark-haired woman, working atShe was very helpful to me in the process of getting through the security check point. Since this was my first flight ever, I needed all of the support I could get.
The other people that traveled with me were very helpful as well. Beverly, Phil, Mat, Scott, Abe,and Nate were my travel buddies on this trip, and they were all greatly helpful with my first time experience. Even though they all made great travel buddies, some of them were not very excited to be going on this trip. For example, Nate said, “Man, I can not believe we are going to India”. Even though Nate felt this way, there were others who disagreed. “This trip is going to be a great learning experience,” said Scott, who was obviously ready to make the best of the trip. All of my friends gave me great advice for flying, especially Matt, who told me that everything was going to be okay.
Seeing as our group remained decently small, we welcomed more church guests for the trip as well. We waited for three hours for people to join us from another church, since they were located further away from the airport as us. Our plane was on time, which started us off on a good note for our trip.
We got in the terminal and waited for a hour. We all had huge smiles covering our faces, since we were all so excited to help out a place in need. As we sat down on the plane, the flight attendants started briefing us on safety rules, and they showed us a helpful video on what to do in case of emergencies. They provided us with headphones for the personal televisions located on the back of the seat in front of us. There was wide selection of movies and games for people to watch and play while they are on the flight.
We landed at our first stop, Hong Kong. It had a beautiful airport with great food. It was 6:35 in the morning, so very few airport food stands were open. Fortunately, our second flight served breakfast.
Through out the entire flight, attendants came and asked if we wanted anything to snack on or to drink. The selection of the drinks was orange or apple juice, many kinds of soda ,coffee, tea, and assorted adult beverages.
Some people fell asleep on the plane, since it was a long flight. This time we hit some turbulence. When it hit, some panicked. We all strictly obeyed the flickering “SEATBELTS ON” sign. All services were stopped while the turbulence was happening.
When we were through, everyone was surprised by a beautiful sea, where we could see some buildings and a couple of boats. We arrived in Singapore. The sun was just rising on the beautiful shore, showing how amazing other lands can be. We got a great look around, and we found a place with a good bookstore. There were many things to see, from a little aquarium to a place to copy pictures.
Finally, we arrived in India.
Part two will be published on November 2nd.