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Phil. 4:19  My God shall supply all your needs. God always provided food for us. There were times we felt hungry for familiar foods or did not get enough because it was flavored with hot spices. We always had something to eat. We praise God for He always provided for us. Many times teenagers are hungry 4 times a day no matter what country we are in. It seems during growth spurts, you can never fill them up. India with its food so different from ours was no exception. Of all the countries we have been in so far, it was the most difficult to find foods we could eat without extreme pain. We were however, thrilled with the new fruits we had never before seen or tasted.

This is a typical kettle we were loaned to cook our stew in.

As always, we packed foods the children were familiar with into pockets and every suitcase bag. Six  cases of granola bars of various flavors were stuffed into the children's belongings. Then granola was made by a friend. Also powdered rice milk was taken.   Mixes of gluten and patties and waffles I had prepared so we could just add water and cook. There just is not time to conduct medical clinics all day, and preach for hours at night and still do cooking for a crew of children.  It would have been nice to have a hard working dedicated cook along. There was also lintels, split peas, and dried vegetable soups crammed into the luggage. Peanut butter was another item we took. With teenage boys and growing children I hoped that if we were neglected by our Indian friends for a day or two, we could survive on the items we stuffed into our bags.

We were provided this little kerosene burner in Tenali and sat outside to do our cooking up of stew. It tasted so good. We enjoyed the pineapples, papayas, mangos and bananas we were given by the pastor. He also fried up potatoes. 

The bananas were inexpensive. Then we got a type that tasted like soap and the boys refused to eat another banana in their lives.

This is a banana plantation. The man on the right is pushing a typical cart up and down the streets selling his bananas. There were so many new and different foods to try. I have pictured a few of them for you. I was not always able to get their names.  The children grew very tired of white rice. They made their father promise that he would never fix white rice again or buy them another banana. We heard many Indian people tell us they could not find a thing they liked to eat in America. The food styles are so different from ours. Eating with fingers seemed such a health hazard. The hands can never be boiled and sterilized as one does the silverware.

The Jack fruit was delicious. It had a taste mixture of banana and pineapple. 
The Ice apple felt like real firm Jell-O in your mouth and had a pocket of cool liquid in the center. This Ice apple was supposed to help one deal with high temperatures easier. We could stand to have some help for we were experiencing temperatures up to 130 degrees F. This fruit grew on palm trees. It looked like coconut till it was shelled.
The high temperatures  of 130 F  made even birds and bats fall dead from the trees. The heat along with the challenge of finding food we could eat and trying to get enough rest were the three greatest challenges God gave us strength to meet. We praise God He kept His promises. Isaiah 40:29 He giveth power to the faint; and to [them that have] no might he increaseth strength. 
40:30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: 

40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew [their] strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; [and] they shall walk, and not faint. 
Another wonderful fruit we tasted was this. It appeared like the fuzzy kiwi yet inside the fruit was so sweet it was like pear jam. I really enjoyed these.
Coconuts were for sale everywhere. I liked the coconut milk if it was fresh. Some of it tasted like soapy water.
The pomegranates were delicious. We had some in Russia but these even were sweeter.

 This fruit on the right was given to us by one who did not speak English. I sure liked the flavor. It was soft inside and juicy. There was so much fiber, we just sucked out the juice.

The open market had a great variety of foods to choose from. Our friends wanted to do all the purchasing for us so we did not always know how to ask for things. What we pointed out, they were delighted to arrange for us. It was a good thing we had food along those first 21 days for we were so busy with meetings and the pastor with advertising, that we did not always get what we needed to eat at the right time. Sometimes we had to wait more than 6 hours.
The mangos were heavenly. We learned some of them are best eaten by cutting a little hole in one end and sucking out the juice. Oh, it tastes so good. We were privileged to have several every day during the middle section of our 2 months in India.  The papaya was almost as good as those we had in Mexico and Borneo.
These red fields are full of drying chilies. The curry and chilies and poppy seeds were used in so many food preparations that  we soon decided it was better not to eat than to burn for hours and days from the pain. We do not use any irritating spices in our food. These lead to ulcers and eventually can contribute to cancer. If felt like the fire was coming out of our noses and out of our ears. If felt like our whole body was flushed and on fire. Even cooked breakfast cereals were spiced.
We visited 4 states in India and covered thousands of miles. It was a great opportunity to see many different sub culture groups and hear many languages and taste different foods. There were times we were fed all we could eat. We discovered Indian people are very hospitable and would share more than their budget could even afford. At Neena's orphanage we were served delicious, special new foods. In Nuzvid hospital we had real good food though sometimes they forgot and spiced it. They worked hard to please us. We were treated very special there. We enjoyed so many new foods. The sweet business manager's wife fixed food most every day in Bangalore. One school teacher in Bangalore Lowry college had a table heaped with delicious foods. He was so careful to only use salt. We wished we could have been able to eat more, it was so delicious. Some times during travel I ate little so the children could get all they needed. Over all our 2 months in India we all lost weight but God sustained us. If God asks us to go again, we will go willingly knowing from experience that God will provide all that His servants need. Our 55 days was not much longer than the 40 days that Jesus fasted. Even though the children were not used to the food, they ate. They seemed to be hungry all the time as usual. All the children survived the experience and even grew during that time. During that 2 months one teenager grew a whole inch.  They pray they made a difference by their work, sacrifices, and prayers for India.

It was a special treat to be served corn, mashed potatoes, gravy and patties and sprouts at Bankheads home in Hosur at the Division office. They knew how to make the children happy with foods they were used to. The apple pies were a great treat.