On August 8, 2019, a team of special needs therapists again boarded airplanes in three different U.S. airports – Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Atlanta headed for southern India. Our objective on this trip was to work with our partner hospital Pushpagiri Medical College Hospital in Kochi, India in ministering to PURE children served at Pratheeksha Child
Development Center. Conducting a 4 day workshop, “n’ABLE”, in Thiruvalla, Kerala. Like our trip in 2017, the workshop included: each therapist making presentations, conducting classes, and demonstrating to a large audience state-of the-art training methods and techniques. Again, all of this was an attempt to broaden the knowledge and expertise of hospital therapists, parents of the PURE children, and house parents of children’s homes caring for PURE children. The conference/workshop was superbly planned and managed by Dr. Manju George, pediatric neurologist and director of the Pratheeksha Child Development Center at the hospital. Dr. C.V. Vadavana, President of Sathyam International Ministries, housed and hosted the team. In association with Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, the team, led by David and Lee Glover of PURE Ministries, was God-picked, and was composed of 5 therapists from different therapy disciplines and locations in America: Dr. Carol Koch, speech pathologist and Associate Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders from Samford University; Holly Micheff, occupational therapist from Livermore, California; Patricia A. Shijo, a pediatfic physical therapist from Sacramento, California; Jacque Howard, music educator and director and founder of Ms. Gussie’s Place, a ministry for profoundly PURE children at Southwest Christian Care in Union City, Georgia; Amy Barber, Missions and Church Planting student from The Baptist College of Florida in Graceville, Florida; and Nicole Klaubert and Lindy Cooper, graduate students at Samford University School of Health Professions. What you are about to see and read in the following photo journal is a pictorial account of what happened on and as a result of this trip. Realizing that no amount of pictures can adequately depict or describe the emotions, sights, smells, and sounds of the week, the photo journal will hopefully give the viewer a glimmer of this life changing week for all. As we look back now we also realize with great certainty that God, again, has not only chosen the team and the hundreds that attended the sessions and seminar, but He also completely directed every aspect of it. His Spirit was evident and palpable constantly. Most importantly, through it all, people were blessed and encouraged, the gospel was proclaimed, and He was glorified.