Bible Verse Of The Day

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Trust His Heart

God is too wise to be mistaken and God is too good to be unkind. These are the words that uplift my spirit everytime I feel so down and weak. Sometimes in our life, we are facing struggles that break our heart into pieces but we don’t even know and realize, things happen for our own good. Daniel and I are very blessed and happy because God brought us together. We thank the Lord for 17 days we spent together last February. Right now, being apart from each other is the hardest part of our relationship. We thought that everything will work well by the time he went back to US and he able to start working on with the things we need in order for us to be together forever. But when he came back, he loses his job and the entire plan we set were all move back. We feel both sad because it will take a little bit longer for us to be together again but we keep our faith and our trust to the Lord. Sometimes we don’t see the Lord’s plan but we need to trust His heart. He knows what is the best for us and He will never leave us nor forsake us. Let's give our hope to the Lord for He holds our future.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future". Jeremiah 29:11

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Recommended Reading

One thing the most successful people in the world have in common is that they read at least one book a month. I have put this reading list out of the books that I have read and plan on reading. This list is also a mix of books that my friends, Dave Ramsey, Dan Miller and I recommend. The books with a * next to them are books that I have read or a I am in the process of reading. Of course the first book, that I recommend in the Bible.

48 Days: To the Work You Love by Dan Miller *
Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend
Financial Peace Revisited by Dave Ramsey *
Money Matters by Larry Burkett *
No More Mondays by Dan Miller
QBQ - The Question Behind the Question by John G. Miller
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
The Guerrilla Marketing Handbook by Jay Conrad Levinson
The Name by Franklin Graham *
The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren*
The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey *
Thou Shall Prosper by Rabbi Daniel Lapin
What Color Is Your Parachute? by Richard Nelson Bolles
Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tokien*
The Light of Eidon by Karen Hancock*
The Shadow Within by Karen Hancock*
Shadow Over Kiriath by Karen Hancock*
Return of the Guardian-King by Karen Hancock*

These for but a few book I recommend reading. Read books you think are interesting no matter if they are fiction or not. Turn off the television and start reading. You will be glad that you did. You should be able to find or order these books at your local book store.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Compassion Bloggers India Trip

Compassion is taking some sponsors to India to see their sponsored child. The people on this trip will be making post on their Blogs, while they are in India about their trip. I have added their blogs to the side bar down the title of Compassion Bloggers India Trip so you can follow their Blogs from Mountain High and Valley Lows.

I am interested in this trip since, Libin, the child that I sponsor through Compassion lives in India. Libin lives in the south part of India and I believe this group is going to projects in the north part of the country of India.

I hope by reading their Blogs you join them and me in sponsoring a child though Compassion. You will be so bless as you make a difference in a child's life.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Town Hall For Hope

Thursday night, I had the pleasure of taking part in the Town Hall for Hope with Dave Ramsey. First Baptist Church of Hendersonville, North Carolina was one of 6,000 locations that took part of the Town Hall for Hope.

Dave Ramsey talked about the history behind the current recession and then answered question from people all over the United States. I found this event very informative and uplifting.

Ladies and Gentlemen as I said before here on Mountain Highs and Valley Lows the real change this country need begins with you and me. If you wait for the government to fix anything you will be wait for a long time. It is time for you to take control of your life. take control of your money. Save up an emergency fund and get out of debt and have financial freedom. Stop listening to the fear people are spreading around. When you step back and look at things, they are not as back as the politicians and news media says they are. One other thing Dave Ramsey has said and I agree with him is to start giving. Give money, time or support. No matter want you give it will make a change.

Over the past couple years I have made many chances in my life. I had effort to read books, both fiction and non-fiction. I have started to hang out with more positive people. As Dave said during the Town Hall for Hope, and it is true, you will the same in five years as you are today expect for the books you read and the people you hang out with. He was quoting someone else which I can not remember the name.

I will work on putting a list of books that one recommend for you to reading and things for you to do to begin giving. Together we can bring the change we need. Remember, hope beings with you.

Because He Lives

Life is full of challenges and no one can evade on it. In my own experience, I have been through with different trials and challenges but still I overcome everything because God gave me the strength to face it.

This day, I had a chance to visit the area where some of our kids at Malnutrition center lives. I feel so pity to one of the mother of our kid. When I saw her she was so disturbed and lose a big weight. Without telling us, I really feel she has a big problem. Our OIC and one of our Social worker visited their house while I’m doing my lecture with the other mothers. When they got back, I feel so sad when they told me that this woman together with her family had no food to eat. She had four kids; the youngest already stayed on the institution were I work at. I can’t imagine how tough is their life but I pray hard for this family, may they see God in this time of hardship. I want them to keep their faith in God.

God is alive and He holds our future. He said do not fear because I am with you. I believe God will use people to help this family; He will remove all fears in the mother’s heart and give her hope to face the future. A song Because He Lives, remind us that God is alive and we should overcome all fears in our hearts for He will never leave us nor forsake us.

God sent His son, they called Him Jesus
He came to love, heal, and forgive.
He lived and died to buy my pardon,
An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives.

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.
Because He lives, All fear is gone.
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living just because He lives.

How sweet to hold a newborn baby,
And feel the pride and joy he gives.
But greater still the calm assurance,
This child can face uncertain days because He lives.

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.
Because He lives, All fear is gone.
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living just because He lives.

And then one day I'll cross the river,
I'll fight life's final war with pain.
And then as death gives way to victory,
I'll see the lights of glory and I'll know He lives.

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.
Because He lives, All fear is gone!
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living just because He lives!

Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. John 14:19

Thursday, April 23, 2009

How Long has it Been?

One song that keeps on asking each and everyone of us how many times we spent talking with the Lord and when is the last time we talked with Him? This is one of my Mom and my Uncle Erning’s favorite song. I was blessed and happy that I grew up in a Christian family, I really thank the Lord for giving me such a wonderful family that lead me and guide me to the right path. This song leave a mark in my heart because it keeps on reminding me to spend more time with the Lord for He is the only one who will never leave us no matter how many times we forget Him. God is waiting for us and longing to talk with us. May the message of this song serve as an encouragement to all. It’s a great privilege for us that we able to talk with our Father in heaven. Now is the time to dedicate and use our lives for God’s glory, because death comes like a thief at night and no one knows when it happen.

How long has it been since you talked with the Lord
And told him your heart's hidden secrets
How long since you prayed how long since you stayed
On your knees till the light shone through
How long has it been since your mind felt at ease
How long since your heart knew no burden
Can you call him your friend how long has it been since you knew that he cared for you

How long has it been since you knelt by your bed and prayed to the Lord up in heaven
How long since you knew that he’d answer you
And would keep you the long night through
How long has it been since you woke with the dawn and felt that the day’s worth the living
Can you call him your friend how long has it been since you knew that he cared for you

Pray continually. 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

GeoCities Closing Later This Year

When I logged onto GeoCities this evening to work some on the updates I have been working on for my Dan the Mountain Man's Cabin website, I saw that Yahoo! has decided to close GeoCities down later this year. Sometime this summer, they will send out e-mail to the members of GeoCities with details on when and how to save their sites. This is better then want a heard AOL did with their web hosting. Yahoo! does a much better job of customer service then AOL any way.

I have a website on GeoCities since 1996. I will miss GeoCities, since it is the best free web hosting site that I have worked with over the years. At this time, I plan on looking for a new free web host to start a new site. I may one day decide to go with a paid service but for now web design is just a fun hobby that I do not want to pay to do. Maybe after, I get a new computer and get a website editor the paid service will be worth the money. As things are the new computer and the paid service is out of the picture.

I guess in the mean time, I will be sitting down and planning out my new website. I have done most of the code on Dan the Mountain Man's Cabin by hand. That is the biggest reason I do not want to pay for web hosting at this time . The site is also in need of a major update any way. The new start will give me a chance to improve layout of the pages and the way I share the information on the website.

I will keep my Blog hear with the service through Blogger. The only thing did not like about GeoCities was that I had now control over the ad that appeared on my site. With Blogger, you have a little control over the ads on your Blog. You can decide to have they or not and where they are on your blog. You can also control a little bit of what type of ads appear on your Blog.

I will keep you uptodate on things right here as always. Plus, I welcome any recommendtion of another Free Web Hosting Service.

Hello Out There

I started this Blog to help we work on my writing skills. I am not sure how much my writing skills have improved since I start this Blog. I have seen a increase in the number of people reading Mountain Highs and Valley Lows. I enjoy seeing that people from all around the world reading the post that Jo Anne and I post on Mountain Highs and Valley Lows.

Back in February, I add Stat Counter to Mountain Highs and Valley Lows. I love seeing where all of you come from. Here is a list of countries that people have visited Mountain Highs and Valley Lows:

Antigua And Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Germany, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Mexico, Norway, Philippines, Republic Of Korea, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad And Tobago, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the United States.

I have several people who read my Blog regularly. I have two people right now who signed up to follow this Blog through Blogger. One is a friend and co-worker from a hotel where I worked. The other is Ricochile from Canada who has a Blog called Blogger Fastlane. I enjoy reading the comments the visitors leave and the Blogs of the readers of Mountain Highs and Valley Lows. I try to responded to all comments people leave.

I hope you continue to enjoy reading this blog. Jo Anne and I would love to see your feedback about what we write. We also hope if you have not already let people know you follow this Blog through Blogger or subscribe to Mountain Highs and Valley Lows on the side.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Shadow over Kiriath

Last night, I finished reading Shadow Over Kiriath by Karen Hancock. Shadow Over Kiriath is the third book in the Legends of the Guardian King series by Karen Hancock. She is the author of Christian Fantasy / Science Fiction books.

This book was less action packed then the the first two books. But with reading review on Shadow Over Kiriath, it serves as a bridge from the first two to the fourth book of the series. After finishing the book I'm looking forward to starting the fourth book in the series, Return of the Guardian-King.

Abramm Kalladorne becomes king of Kiriath. Abramm gets married to form an alliance with Kiriath's neighbor, the Kingdom of Chesedh. Will the marriage work? Who can he trust as he tries to follow Eidon's will?

I enjoy reading Karen Hancock's book. I can not wait for her sixth book to come out soon. I plan on buying it as soon as it it available in stores.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Scared-cat Dog

I went for a walk this evening down to the end of the road and back. Rayna walked with me. She does a great job of staying with me and not running off. Most of the time I do not use a leash for her.

I get a kick out of the fact that she whimpers whenever a another dog start to bark or come close to us. I have to chance the dogs away if they do not leave us alone after awhile. She does hang out a little with two of the neighbor's dog but most of the time she stays around the house be herself and the chickens. I guess she just whimpers because she does not know the other dogs that we pass on our walks.

This evening on our walk I teased her a little because she started to whimper when the three-legged dog down the road started barking at us. I said to her, "Why are you whimpering, that dog only has three legs? You can take him if he tried doing something." I just continued to walk by and paid the other dog.

Rayna will bark when someone she does not know comes on the property. She has gone after one of my friend because she does not like him. But she has not harmed any one. She will stop when I or my roommate tell her too.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Photo of the Week: Patroit Truck

While in Greenville, SC this week I saw this truck from Patriot Pest Management. I loved the design of their truck so I decided to take a picture and share it with you here. Patriot Pest Management is a pest control service in Greenville and Spartanburg Counties of South Carolina.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Spring is Blooming

I thank God that I live in such a beautiful part of the the world. I took this picture while job hurting in Arden, North Carolina. It is great seeing the leaves starting to grow on the tree. Western North Carolina is full of great views. These views make the looking for job a little better.

I can not wait for the weather to get a little warmer so I can go swimming in a swim hole up on the Blue Ridge Parkway. I am going to try to see Rayna, my dog, will go swimming. Last year, my friend, Seth and I went swimming at the swim hole and I talk with a young lady about her dog that she had there. She said her dog did not want to get in the water the first time she brought him. Now he can not get enough of the water. I am hoping Rayna will enjoy swimming, too. I have hope because the last time I give her a bath she stay claim and did not try to get out of the bath tub. Of course, I will post the pictures and tell you about Rayna's swim when I take her.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Greenville, SC Pre Tea Party

With today being Tax Day here in the United States, I decide to join the people at on Chiefs Wings & Firewater on Congaree Rd in Greenville, SC for the Pre Tea Party. This Pre Tea Party was organized by WORD Radio in Greenville, SC. Russ Cassel from WORD has there with national talk show host Mike Gallagher.

Tea Parties that are being held across the country are a grassroots movement. They are not just anti-tax protest. People who attend the Tea Parties are people who are tired of the taxes and out of control spending by both the Republicans and the Democrats.

I went to Chiefs today because, I am upset with both the Republicans and the Democrats on many issues. I believe neither party is listening to the people of this great country, we call the United States of America. I work and pay my taxes. I am tired of the wasteful spending I see in all levels of government.

I live on a budget. I have been working hard to pay what debt I have off. When I am out of money, that is it. I do not continue to spend money. It is time the Government does the same. I am tired of seeing the government putting money into programs that do not work. It is time to get rid of these programs or reform them so they do work. If companies are not being run right then let them fail. The government does not need to bail them out. People will start new businesses to replace these companies. These new companies will be more profitable, create more jobs and more tax money for the government, then the badly run companies. Times are hard now but we and made it through hard times before. The less government tries to help the better we and our children will be.

I am all for people coming immigrating to this country if they do it legally. I getting ready to go through the immigration process to get my fiancé here. It upsets our government officials in Washington, DC want to get people who are breaking the law by being here their citizenship for free while I am getting ready to pay thousands of dollars for my fiancé to come here legally.

The Greenville Pre Tea Party was very peaceful. The only bad thing that happen was that a little boy and his father was hit by a vehicle. Both are doing okay by what I heard.

In the end, it is time for the government officials to realize they work for us not the other way around. If you have a blog use it to voice your opinion and back it back by voting for real change. Vote they all out.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Web Rings

For those of you, who have been coming to Mountain Highs and Valley Lows for a while know that I am always looking for ways to improve the blog. Yesterday, I added web rings to the Blog.

Web rings are a way that websites link together to bring more traffic to their sites. I use the web ring service, WebRing. I have used web rings for years on my website, Dan the Mountain's Cabin. With Mountain Highs and Valley Lows, I sighed up to join three web rings at this time. I'm waiting for my membership to be approved by the managers of those rings. One has already approved me at this time. The first web ring to approve my Blog was the Blog*Spot WebRing, which is for Blog using Blogger service and have the blogspot domain. To see the web rings that this blog is apart of please go down to the bottom of the blog.

If you have a website or Blog, I would definitely recommend joining a web ring or two at WebRing. Consider joining one of the rings that Mountain Highs and Valley Lows is apart of. It is a great way to get more traffic to your site or Blog.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

He Has Risen!

He has risen! It is because Jesus has arisen from the grave that we have the hope of forgiveness of our sins and eternal life. We would not still be talking about Jesus if the three women found him in the grave that first Easter morning. Because the rock was rolled away and the grave was empty our sins our forgiven.

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise." And they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened. ~ Luke 24:1-12 (ESV)

It is because the tomb is empty that I have hope. I thank God everyday that Jesus Christ did not just die on a cross for my sins, but rose from the dead on the third day. He took upon himself the sins of the world on the cross. God, the father, turned away from his son because he became our sin. Satan and the demons celebrated as the sky darken and Jesus breathed his last. Heaven celebrated on the morning of the third day when Jesus arose.

Many over the years have said that Jesus was not the Messiah. I have no doubt that Jesus Christ was the Messiah promised to us in the Old Testament. He fulfilled all the prophecies about the Messiah. Their were over a hundred witnesses who saw him after he had risen and many of them died without denying what they saw. Some have claims his followers took his body and hide it. If this happened the Roman Soldiers guarding his tomb would have been put to death for failing to do their job. And lastly, the Roman and Jewish Leaders would have found his body if his body had been simply hidden.

He has Risen!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Eyes to the Hills Exhibit

Today, I went to the Upcountry History Museum in Greenville, SC. to see the Eyes to the Hills Exhibit. The exhibit tells the history of the dark corner section of South Carolina. The Eyes to the Hills Exhibit started on April 3, 2009 and will run until September 20, 2009. The admission for the museum is $5 and $5 to see the documentary Dark Corner. Dark Corner will be playing every Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. Please check with museum since times are subject to change.

The dark corner is the northeast part of Greenville County and a small part of Spartanburg County around Glassy Mountain. The name dark corner comes from Nullification Crisis of 1832 when the residents in the dark corner were against the Ordinance of Nullification which the People of South Carolina called for the nullification of the United States Constitution. The dark corner is a beautiful area with a history of , hot tempers, feuds, and moonshine.

I was interested in this exhibit because I do a lot of photo request for people in the churches that are in the dark corner. I learned the Head of Enoree Baptist Church was founded in 1778 and was located near the head waters of the Enoree River. In 1819 the church moved to their presented day location in Travelers Rest, SC. In 1846 they changed their name to the Reedy River Baptist church. The exhibit calls the Reedy River Baptist Church the mother church of Rock Springs, Double Springs, Clear Springs, Ebenezer, Berea, Tyger, Glassy Mountain, Enoree, Forestville, First Baptist of Travelers Rest, and Clearview Baptist Churches.

You can drive through the dark corner today by taking South Carolina Highway 11 and Old US Hwy 25. Today the dark corner includes the Cliffs at Glassy, the Greenville Watershed, and the Poinsett Bridge Heritage Preserve. North Greenville University is also in the area called dark corner.

I recommend if you live or are going to be the Greenville area through September 20, 2009 that you should stop by the Upcountry History Museum and see the Eyes to the Hills Exhibit. The museum does a great job telling the history of the dark corner.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Hail From The Storm

As I have been doing a little work around the house and preparing for this weekend some hail start to fall from the sky. On this Good Friday, it has been stormy all day. It start to hail around 2:20 here at the house. The hail was the size of chick peas. I am amazed at the power of storms.

I hope that the storms let up a little bit before I need to take my mother down to her sister's house for the Easter weekend. It will be a hour drive down to Marion, North Carolina. It will be ruff going down and back up Old Fort Mountain.

Monday, April 06, 2009

Where is God?

In this time of not having a job, it is easy to get the feeling of worthlessness. I have taking this time to sit back and listen to God. Instead of asking him where is he? I have ask he what is next? What is your plan for me and how am I going to fulfill that plan?

In my life, there have been times that I have thought that God had left me. My life seemed to be falling apart all around me. The good news about those times in my life once I got through them and looked back on them, I could see that God was there the whole time. Greater things have come in my life after these times. I better understanding of God and my self. My faith has grown stronger because of those times in my life.

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." ~ Hebrews 13:5 (ESV)

God desires us to be more like Jesus. He will allow thing to happen in our lives to being us back to him or give us stronger faith in him. I was reminded of this this morning as I read the blog entry of Compassion Blog: Rwandan Genocide: Where Was God?. Many have asked where was God in that? God has used the genocide to being the nation of Rwanda together. People have come in Jesus and forgiven their neighbors for the things that happened. The future is now looking brighter for Rwanda. I hope you will take the time to read the entry.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Jesus Wept Over Jerusalem

Today at church we did the our traditional Palm Sunday service with the kids walking through the sanctuary waving palms leaves in their hands and the sermon was about Jesus triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Pastor Ryan taught out of Luke 19. The part of his sermon that got we thinking the most was when Jesus wept over Jerusalem.

And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, "Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you. And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation." ~ Luke 19:41-44 (ESV)

Is Jesus weeping over us today? So many Christians today are just going through the motions of life. We are not listen to God's will for our lives. Many of us live just as broken lives as non-Christians. Things in our everyday life hide the peace that God desires for our lives. I am in no way saying that when we follow God's will that life will be easy. In fact, we may have to go through harder things. When we are follow his will for our lives, we will feel at peace.

As I have been reading 48 Days by Dan Miller, God has been showing we things that I need to work on in my life. I have been looking over my life as it is now and God has been showing me where he wants me to be. What flashed in my mind as Pastor Ryan spoken about Jesus weeping over Jerusalem, was that Jesus was weeping over me. God has a plan for my life and I have been off track. I have been praying that God show me the way and give me the courage to follow. I am being to take steps in the direction that God wants me to go in order to fulfill his plan for my life.

I have been move in the right direction on somethings. Now God is calling me to step up the pace a little bit. I have peace over my finances even with the lose of my job. My unemployment covers my bills and my needs. I am using that peace to try to find the right job that fits into God's will for my life. I am also looking at the other parts of my life and seeing what I need to do to become a true success in life. Being successful in life is finding a balance in all parts of your life.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Tough Week

This week has been a tough week. I have had tougher weeks before. Jo Anne's uncle pass away this week and I have been wishing I could be by her side. I have had no lucky on finding a job.

Even with our toughest week their our many people who have tougher weeks, every week of their lives. This is one reason that I continue to support Compassion. You can support Compassion by helping organize Compassion Sunday for your church or sharing about Compassion on your blog or website. You can keep up with things at Compassion by visiting their Blog.

Friday, April 03, 2009

Fighting Poverty

I have seen many pictures of poverty in my life. The scenes in those pictures became more real during my visit to the Philippines. My heart broke as I saw people living in poverty first hand. Seeing the houses made of scraps of wood and metal. Seeing children that were skin and bones begging for money on the streets.

Child Sponsorship Program is the main part of Compassion's fight against poverty. Of course that is where someone sponsors a child living in poverty. Compassion also has Child Survival Program and Leadership Development Program. The Child Survival Program focuses on prenatal care and early childhood development. The Leadership Development Program for children who graduate from high school and want to continue on to college. Compassion also has AIDS and Malaria Intervention programs to help the people who live in poverty.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Making a Connection With Your Sponsored Child

Sponsoring a child through Compassion is not just sending money to Compassion. Compassion offers ways to write or even visit your sponsored child.

I get excited every time a receive a letter from Libin, my sponsored child. Your sponsor child will write telling how they are doing and what is going on with their family. You can write a letter to your sponsored child by using the from mail with your child's letter or through the Compassion's website. Your letter means a lot to your sponsor child.

Compassion also offers tours where you can visit the project which our sponsored child on too. You can visit with your child. In April, five people will be going on a tour to India. Check out Compassion Bloggers' India 2009 trip for more information and blog that you can keep up with the trip to India.