The Watts are back in India…



Tibetan Dancer Dalai Lama's Monastery

Tibetan culture Northern India photography

Well, here we are again. Blogging. From a world away. Far from all our comfort zones. Far from all our family and close friendships. We have recently arrived back in Northern India amongst the Tibetan refugees and local Indians. We spent the summer months in the states searching and praying for God’s heart in our next direction in life, and felt like we were to return to Dharamsala, India, the beautiful city in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains. (where we stayed for 2 months last year) If there’s one major lesson we learned last year, it’s to hold all your plans loosely in front of God and to remain obedient if God directs you somewhere new. I had no idea our paths would lead us to living in Northern India, rather than Africa, but we keep our hearts open to where God directs.

So now, I sit here, tucked under a blanket, warming my hands by my mug of tea and the laptop that is warming my legs from Northern India’s winter. We are settling in. And as much mundane “business” as that required for us this last week, it’s been important to get our bearings and start the journey of making this country our new home. We have re-connected with some beautiful friends that we made here from our last trip and have unpacked all our worldly possessions into our new lil’ flat that will be our home. I am re-learning the art of washing laundry and dishes by hand, grocery shopping from small markets rather than mega-stores, and walking to all our destinations. It’s a wonderful, slow paced life that is as gracious to us as we allow it and is certainly a different approach than the fast-paced, result driven life we are accustomed to in the western world.

We are learning more than teaching and desiring to serve more than to be served. We are humbled by the relationships this community has already afforded us and we pray that we are able to love and serve the Tibetan refugees and Indians here just as Jesus would if He were standing in their midst.

{Above are two images I took from the Dalai Lama’s monastery yesterday, during a beautiful Tibetan celebration of the anniversary of the Dalai Lama’s Nobel Peace Prize. These young children were clothed in their traditional Tibetan dress and performed their time-honored dances and songs. It was a great cultural orientation as well as a serene moment of reflection as we celebrated a culture that is being oppressed and stifled in its homeland. Please continue to pray for the Tibetan people and the Dalai Lama.}

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  • I’m so excited for you two. We are praying for you and can’t wait to have a Skype date 🙂 xoxo

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