Updated: Aug 20, 2019
In March of 2019, I spent one week in Ongole. Pictures and words simply do not have the power to explain what we witnessed and experienced in that short period of time. While the trip home was long, I spent the entire time journaling my experience because I refused to forget anything that happened. My first introduction with the children was with an orphanage. These precious babies were so beautiful and grateful for everything they had. The orphanage, operated by Reach & Rescue Missions, truly made them feel like family. It was unlike anything that I have seen. We later toured another orphanage and the contrast brought me to my knees as I saw the terrible living conditions these babies were in. We traveled to several villages and visited some of the “untouchable” communities. We distributed food, played with the children, and encouraged the elders of the community as best we could. The children have no clothing. The people have no food and very little hope. They have basic and necessary needs that are not being met by anyone other than this team of people that have chosen to love them - regardless of the cost and the sacrifice. I am forever blessed by the opportunity to see what this team does on a daily basis.