Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Food Drop Dec. 9, 2006

GCC October 2006 India Team -
Who: GCC October 2006 India Team, family, significant others, and friends - to serve together as the India October 2006 team
What: Food Drop 2006
Join thousands around the area to help off load semi-trucks full of food and personal care items and then deliever the boxes to neighborhoods around the michana area
Where: Granger Community Church / then to the local neighborhoods (Washington Gardens in Elkhart)
When: Saturday, December 9, 2006
Time: 8:15am - Meet at Information Kiosk
Why: For team building/bonding and to build memories. As well as to help those less fortunate in the Michiana area. We as the GCC October 2006 India team would off load a semi-truck together, then deliever the food to a neighborhood together.
Next Step: Please show up at the "Information Kiosk" in the atrium.

*After we are done at the Food Drop we will go to Cracker Barrel for lunch.

Thank you!

Picture Party!!!

GCC October 2006 India Team Picture Party
Sunday, December 3, 2006
Alan and Terry Snell, Chad Anderson, Bud Vanderbutts

Terry Akins, Mike Worden

Dan Blacketor with his Serpent Charming Flute - a thank you from the October team

Vicki Young, Melissa Parish, Rich

Wendy Wisler, Shelly Jackson, Vicki Young

Brian Young, Janet Maggert, Dave and Nancy Leist, Kevin Maggert, Mike Worden
Fred Sandine, Cindy Shuder

Who: You, spouses and significant others
What: Picture Party
Where: Joe Wisler's Residence
When: Sunday, December 3, 2006
Time: 2pm - ?
What to Bring: appetizer, salads, veggies, drinks and desserts

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Made it Back!

Just wanted to let you know we made it back from India with no problems. Thank you again for the prayers.

Thursday, November 02, 2006



Signing off from India

It is 10:30pm here inKanyakumari, India on Thursday, November 2, 2006 evening. We are getting packed up and will be ready to start our trek home tomorrow.

Friday we will leave at 9am from Cape Residency Hotel. We will have a three hour ride back to Trivandrum to catch our flight to Bombay, India. We will have a 7 hour layover before taking off at 12:45am (India time) for a 15 hour flight to JFK - New York - USA. Once in New York we will go through customs and then have another 7 hour layover. We then will leave for Cincinnati at 1:30pm and then have an 1 1/2 layover before leaving for South Bend, Indiana. We will arrive in South Bend at 6:05pm.

I will try to post some blog articles as we travel back to the states, but if you don't hear from the blog again, please know we are on our way home.

Again, I Skip Dodge on behalf of the GCC October 2006 India team thank you for the prayers, comments posted on the blog and everything each of you have done for this team. We could not have done it without you!

Signing off from Kanyakumari,India -

Skip Dodge and the GCC October 2006 India team.

The bus we rode in to and from the worksite each day

Melissa Parish, Shelly Jackson, Saju L Das - works for the Discipleship Center

Waiters at the Hotel

Our waiters at the Hotel we stayed at. These two guys waited on us each meal while we stay at the Hotel. They brought us our soup first, then set up the small buffet line, and then served coffee and tea. They did a great and awesome job for us!

Laying Brick

Laying Brick on the house

Alan Snell

Kevin Maggert and Terry Akins

Pam Murphy and Alan Snell

Dave Leist and Alan Snell

Pam Murphy

Dave Leist with Indian worker

Passing the Brick

Nope, it's not Hot brick maybe

Passing the brick

Vel and Les Rassi

Shelly Jackson and Bud Vanderbutts

Melissa parish passing the bricks

Cindy Shuder and Bud Vanderbutts

Terry Akins and Janet Maggert

Kevin Maggert and Shelly Jackson

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Ricksaw Ride

Several of the team members went on ricksaw rides from the shopping area back to the hotel. The rides proved to be very eventful. A ricksaw is like a golf cart on three wheels. The Indian people try to fit as many in as they can however we usually only had 3 or 4 people in ours.

Kevin and Janet Maggert with Joe Wisler

Thursday, November 2, 2006 - Day Four

Thursday welcomed us with oatmeal and eggs for breakfast. The time has passed by so fast here as today will be our last day on the worksite. We have enjoyed our time here and are sad to see it come to an end. We are excited though as to how God is and has been using us and can't wait to share stories and pictures with you when we return.

Today it is breezer, but still quite warm and very sunny. We have been blessed to have perfect weather to build in as usually it is rainy and cloudy.

Today we started off pouring concrete, moving granite rocks and making rebarb reinforcements. Later today it looks as though we may get to do some "bricking." The brick truck arrived so it looks promising.

The team getting the concrete mixer ready to go

Joe Wisler helping Indian Woman get some water

Brick truck

Nancy Leist

Million Dollar View

We had the Ocean off to one side and the mountains off to the other.

Discipleship Center Evening

Wednesday evening the Discipleship Center had supper catered as well as had a little "thank you" for each of us GCC team members. We ate supper outside. It was really neat......especially when the power went out. The sky was awesome with a half moon.

Dan Blacketor with Mr. Joseph who is the minister for the local church of the village that we are building in.


More Work....................

Nancy Leist

Chad Simpson

Great Minds Think Alike!

Team 3:16

Alan Snell, Skip Dodge, Les Rassi

Dog Days of India

Scooter and Terry taking a nap

Saju L Das

Saju - Engineer for Discipleship Center

Saju supervises all the buildings being made by the Discipleship Center. The Discipleship Center gave us our hospitatlity while here in India while on the worksite.

Building an Indian home

Below are the steps to building an Indian home

First where the foundation will be poured is dug out with a backhoe

At this time there were no houses that were partially bricked.

Plaster on the walls of the house