What's it all about?

40 nights for the orphans of India. My 'Lent in a Tent' is about raising hugely needed funds for 'Shining Faces in India' orphanage in Salem, Tamil Nadhu, by sleeping ouside the Chaplaincy at King's Bruton for 40 nights. My target is at least £10,000 - which amazingly is only enough to feed the hundreds of children there for about two months.

I hope that many might be inspired to trade 40 pounds for my 40 nights. Actually, in the back of my mind I'm convinced that we could smash through the target and go much much further ... I wonder.

Saturday, 16 February 2013

'Wonderfully bonkers!' ... evening 11/40

It's been enormous fun receiving all manner of teasing comments from readers of these posts about my little venture of 'Lent in a Tent'.  First there was Nicholas and his, 'Any old fool can make himself uncomfortable!'  Then came the title of this post, 'Wonderfully bonkers.' I like the way that one mixed the excitement with the madness. 'Complete nutter' was another fun read, and probably not that far from the truth.

But I have to say - as one not really known for being the maverick - it's worth being bonkers for a cause. Are these guys bonkers? ...
Fully clothed in the river. I'd be charged with 'bonkers'. But their cause? Simple fun! Who cares if we're soaked, and who cares if we're told off? It was worth it!

Our teams get up to it too. Released from years of exams and finally free to be everything they are, they dive into life like never before ...
That's Isaiah taking liberties in the rainy season at the back end of November. There's a lovely sense of abandon and confidence in the way they can be. Hair grown (not for Isaiah yet), bodies bared, henna tattoos applied and life lived to the full. That's the medicine for team-life at the orphanage. And it works not only for them, but for the children they're serving. Free at last to be fully themselves, our boys and girls can serve to tha max in a way they never would if watched over and 'fed'. On their own they're at liberty to be all they can be, following their own agenda not mine, and typically giving more as a result.

'Wonderfully bonkers'? ... bring it on!

How about being wonderfully bonkers yourself and clicking below for a donation you'd never thought of giving ...


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