Best Of…Bangladesh

It’s 5:10 AM on Friday (Istanbul Standard Time) and the FH Bloggers are all cozied up in the Istanbul airport, enjoying our 9 hour layover in this place that is a bridge between where we have been and where we are going. Surfing the internet, sipping on lattes, indulging in crossaints and hazelnut spread. {Did you know that Turkey is the world’s biggest exporters of hazelnuts? Well, now you do.}

We had a great trip. Maybe one of the best trips of this kind I have experienced? This team was committed to not just observing Bangladesh but leaving an impact on it. I hope you can decipher from their posts how well they loved the people in Bangladesh. Our hosts.  The FH staff. The kids they sponsor. The women on the street, in savings groups, at the market, and in the beauty parlor.

I think my two favorite moments of the trip were:

1. Watching Joy play with Fulmoti and her friends. It was hilarious. They played so hard. There was jumping, pushing, cheating, and sweating. A lot of sweating.

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And there is something so incredible about watching Bangladeshi kids play Duck, Duck, Goose.

2. Hearing Eti’s story and having her thread our eyebrows. If you aren’t familiar with threading, it’s an ancient method of hair removal originating in the Eastern world.

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If you aren’t familiar with Eti, she’s a woman who learned vocational training from Food for the Hungry and was able to use money from her savings group to open up a salon.

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Our time with her was priceless.

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Girls being girls. Laughing, celebrating beauty, and swapping stories.

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I really hope you have taken the time to read some of the posts, but I know I can it be hard to jump around the internet so I’m going to make it easy on you. Start with these, my favorite posts from each blogger.

Logan Wolfram’s “A Mother’s Heart”

Joy Eggerich’s “This is Dignity”

Lauren Dubinsky’s “What It Was Like To Meet My Sponsored Child” 

Max Dubinsky’s “Sanjay”

What was your favorite post from the FH Bloggers trip to Bangladesh?

Please consider sponsoring a child in Bangladesh. Your $32/month changes lives, families, and communities. Go here for more information! 

{Photos by Esther Havens}

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Lindsey has a sincere love for her precious dog Molly, a good red wine and the Delta Sky Club. She spends her days (and some nights) laboring to end childhood hunger at Feed the Children and to gather, equip and unleash women at IF:Gathering.

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  • http://twitter.com/InspiredRD Alysa Bajenaru, RD

    Ouch, threading hurts! So happy your trip was amazing. Can’t wait to catch up on all the posts. Safe travels :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/lindsey.nobles Lindsey Nobles

      Ours didn’t hurt. I thought it as so much better than waxing or plucking.

  • http://thomasmarkzuniga.com/ TMZ

    That duck duck goose video was the greatest moment of my week. Oh my gosh, so precious.

    Was lifting up you and your team this week! Prayers for your re-assimilation into an air conditioned Starbucks-infested Western culture.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lindsey.nobles Lindsey Nobles

      I know. I have watched it a couple of times. It was even funnier in person though. Thanks for your prayers. Appreciated.

  • MizPage

    Loved reading your posts Lindsey!!

    PS: Man, that threading looks painful…

  • http://daughtersheart.wordpress.com AymieJoi

    The post that drew out the most emotion from me was Joy Eggerich’s “This is Dignity”. It was beautifully written, of course, but more than that, it inspired me even more to work for those who can not work for themselves – to bring freedom, to bring hope, and yes, to bring dignity. I can’t wait to get started!

  • http://stephaniesheaffer.com/ Stephanie Sheaffer

    Thanks for sharing your experience with us. I’m sure the memories of that trip will stay with you for a lifetime.