EUREKA - Smiling, singing children bearing colorful, floral necklaces for their guests greeted Sam Metcalfe during a mission trip last month to India. The happy experience is among the vivid images the Eureka High School senior carried back from a six-day trip to five homes for orphans in impoverished areas of the nation.
"At each home, the kids were lined up by the doors and gave us these massive, like five-pound, flower necklaces," he commented. "Then, as we walked through, they made a sort of tunnel and they threw flower petals, they sang and they clapped. They wanted to shake our hands. The greetings we received were so enthusiastic."
The children Metcalfe described reside in facilities supported by the organization Lifesong for Orphans, which is based in Gridley. Metcalfe's father, Richard, serves as the program director. Father and son were accompanied on the mission by Lifesong for Orphans Vice President Andy Lehman and two men from Pontiac Bible Church.
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