Brad Jeffery, President-CEO | Servant of M121 is in India for 3 weeks and sending updates along the way. Follow his journey here and on facebook)
Day 23 | Farewell – Back in the U.S.A.
I arrived back to the good ole U.S. of A at 5am this morning. It’s a bit of a culture shock. Even the most unattractive and dirty areas of Chicago look pristine compared to cities in India. And everyone drives so organized with so much space between cars. And there isn’t anyone living on the highway or using the side of the road as a toilet. Within an hour of being home, I was enjoying a wonderful double cappuccino and egg, bacon and cheese sandwich from Starbucks. It never tasted so good. I also had an ice cold cup of water right from the tap. We have it so good here. My goal is to try and not lose sight of that as the memory fades.
Yesterday was a day of mixed emotions, I was looking forward to coming home, while at the same time felt sad to be leaving my new Indian friends. The day focused on, saying good bye to my hosts Shavez and Meribeny, wrapping up production with the Cross Stitch team, updating product specifications records, securing material suppliers (another trip to the market), developing our final costing structure, and forecasting our initial order volumes. We also had a team lunch at Cross Stitch with authentic “butter chicken,” rice and naan bread (my favorite), and a photo showing off some of fine products crafted this week. I was reminded of all the divine work of our Lord and the privilege to be along for the ride. I came to India with a lot of hope and uncertainty, I’m leaving with an established production partner, a regional manager in place, and eight other start-up potentials. Results that only a God of unlimited potential could orchestrate.
Thanks to all of our 300+ friends who prayed for me and all those involved in the movement during the last 23 days. Your support and enthusiasm has touched me deeply and a big reason so much was accomplished.
Tony and I look forward to an exciting year ahead as we help change lives, and our own lives are changed in the process. -Brad