All posts tagged "Tibetans"

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.}

Settling In | Northern India



Nick and I have made it safely to Northern India and are settling in nicely to new cultures, peoples, and adventures. The diversity here is outstanding. From the time we walk out our flat, down our little corridor to our street, to the main square, we have passed Tibetan refugees, Hindus, Bhutanese, Nepalese… etc.  (Not to mention the westerners who have come in search of spiritual enlightenment from all over the world.) We are so excited to be here for the next two months to interact with, love on, and share life with all the many peoples we now find ourselves amongst.

The view from our little flat.

The view from our little flat.

Himalayan Mountains Dharamshala India Photography

The Himalayan Mountains are the backdrop of our new home for the next two months.

The first day we came, we went to a little chai stand down the main road for one of the best chais you can imagine (and for only 6rupees = $0.12). There, I had the lovely opportunity to meet an English woman named “Ann” (named changed for privacy). We started talking over this beautiful cup of chai and she began to tell me that she was feeling “jaded” towards people and more skeptical than ever. I could easily see the hurt in her eyes and disappointment she felt as she shared this intimate detail with me. At that moment, I felt saddened, but at the same time, very hopeful. I recalled to her that at the darkest time of my life, feeling hopeless and confused, I had a real experience with Jesus. This experience changed my life forever and I will live the rest of my days loving people because I am receiving first, love from God. I am full of peace, love and joy because of my experience with God and I am able to serve others out of that. With tears in her eyes and a soft hand on my arm, she said, “That’s what I’ve been missing. I have been searching for 15 years for that kind of experience. I want that.”

Okay, so maybe not all of my days will be filled with beautiful encounters and stories like this, but I pray they are. I pray that God is truly encountered by those searching for Him, and that His love will fulfill their deepest longings.

“Let God love you and let others watch”

Tibetan refugees India photographer

Our Tibetan neighbor, doing his daily recitations.