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Saturday, January 01, 2005

What to do when you lose your driver's license

In January 1999, Richard Swannell found that his driver's license was cancelled because of collecting too many speeding tickets. To his chagrin, it was not entirely his fault. In any case, he suddenly realized that he could drive in any state or territory in the world with his Western Australian driver's license, except for the state of his residence!

So he, his wife and children decided on a round the world trip for an entire year!

My wife and I met this family after they returned from travelling to over 40 countries in a year. A family of four children from age 2 to 16! We asked the 11-year old which country she enjoyed the most. They had been to most of the "fun places" of the world. And yet, this bright-eyed eleven-year old told us that India was the best of the experiences.

In India they spent three weeks in a small orphanage in the remotest part of the country where there were no hot water and electricity. This was to be the one place that impacted a young adolescent the most. She was a young girl who had that year been to Disneyland, enjoyed a cruise on the Carribean, seen the Alps, and lights of New York, London and Paris. Yet the serenity of the orphanage in the middle of nowhere in the deep jungles of Inda was her choice for the best place on earth!

To find out why, I invite you to read the story of this amazing family: World Trip with a Twist. It is a long story, so I encourage you to bookmark it, and if you are interested in some highlights here are a few of the snapshots:

How it Started...
Visiting New York City with a Difference
Earthquake Country
India (Continue: Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5)
Changed Lives

This is the story of an incredible family - and an incredible couple with an amazing vision.

The story of this orphanage is the same orphanage that is only 20 miles from where the tsunami hit in South India. They now have a team at the heart of the areas and they are helping. But they need our help. I urge you to go to my previous post to read the plea and then go here to donate. To find out more about this couple's vision and what they have set up, please go here.