In the summer of 2008, I had the privilege of spending 3 months among some amazing men and women in New Delhi.  The organization that hosted me is called Truthseekers International.  Their mission?  To bring an end to the 3000 year old caste system.

Sitting through rallies, eating strange foods, listening to the stories of people who have found dignity and freedom for the first time in generations… It was an eye-opening trip, to say the least.

The kids in India are amazingly beautiful!

All in all, my 3 months in India were some of best, worst, most hilarious and most depressing of my life.  And I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything.  I know that what I learned at the feet of the Truthseekers has changed my perspective on the world forever.

Eunuchs on the Fringe

One lonely truth-seeker attempts to bring love to one of the most ostracized communities in India.

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Contextualization!

One of the coolest things I’ve been able to experience here is how good Truthseekers is at contextualization. Over and over I have been impressed at the way they have presented the good news of the kingdom.

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Culture Guide: Good to know … good to know …

Here are a few important lessons and facts that I have learned since coming to India. You might want to stick these in your suitcase if you ever happen to come to Delhi…

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Sewa Ashram

A trip to Sewa Ashram, a shelter for the dying and destitute, reminded me of why I do what I do.

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Mumbai!

22 hour train rides, ancient Hindu caves and Bollywood movies.  I LOVE Mumbai!

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Culture Guide: Personal Space …

One American’s take on living in a country without personal space.

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Doing the Impossible

The mission of Truthseekers International is unbelievably audacious.  Can they really make a difference with everything set against them?

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Culture Guide: Indian food … the real kind.

Eating in India has become a bit of an adventure for me. Since being here, I’ve had my mental image of what constitutes “Indian food” radically altered, and I’ve had to put my “I’ll try anything once” vow to the test several times…

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A new meaning for ‘manual labor’ …

There are no wheelbarrows in India.  Ok, that might be a bit of hyperbole… but in all honesty, I’ve never seen one here. Nor have I seen any backhoes or jackhammers or earth movers. Nearly everything in India, from construction to landscaping to demolition, is done by hand. And when I say “by hand,” I mean by hand.

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Old Delhi

A trip into an Old Delhi spice market reveals an entirely different side of the city…

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About the Author: Barry is the founder and Executive Director of World Next Door. A storyteller, traveller and giant nerd, he lives to compel suburban Americans to get engaged with social justice and find their place in God's kingdom revolution. His ultimate dream is to adopt a pet monkey named Kevin.

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  1. Jane VanOsdol said... 

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    May 28th, 2009 at 12:21 pm  

    Barry,
    I like your description of India–it sounds a lot like how my niece described it (she is in India right now with YWAM). It was hard for her to sum it up because it is such a cacophony of sounds, sights and smells.

    What amazes me is how Truthseekers has chosen the goal of ridding India of the caste system. When I am setting goals, I think I often choose a “safe” goal, one I think that is easily attainable (maybe too easy). I am blown away by their trust and dependence on God to go for this. And I am challenged to look at the goals in my life and maybe reach for something bigger–with God’s help.

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