Dear friends, You know you are missing India when you order curry every chance you get, wear colorful scarves every day and sing Christmas Hindi song


Teaching "Creativity in Ministry" to Bible college students at Good News Centre (Ranchi, India)

Dear friends,

You know you are missing India when you order curry every chance you get, wear colorful scarves every day and sing Christmas Hindi songs in the shower. The pictures and videos cannot do justice to all the smiles, laughter and joy I found in India. After arriving at the Good News Centre in Ranchi, India, with missionaries Rakesh and Lene Paul where I was supposed to spend the last four days of my trip, I instantly fell in love and changed my tickets to stay two more weeks over Christmas to be a part of their outreach efforts.

In 3 short years, they have established a network of 23 house churches, Youth Impact City Church with hundreds of kids and teens, Good News Football Club, dance classes, a Bible College at the Good News Centre and a Tailoring Center to sew beautiful Indo-Brazilian tops to support low-income women and their families. I brought back bunches with me to sell to support their ministry if you are interested.

Click here to see a short video on how you can be a part of the India adventure (my first webcam experience...haha).

All India pictures & videos are on our Facebook & YouTube pages.

Hoola for Happiness featured in international speaker & author Fawn Germer's video of India

What's up Next?

2012 Word of the Year: FOCUS (Matthew 6:33-34 "Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.")
1/29: Hooping and volunteering at Feeding Children Everywhere's food packing event in Connecticut (opportunity to volunteer in Tampa on February 8 at DeBartolo to pack 250,000 meals for Ghana, Africa)
February: Curitiba, Brazil- Donating fire hoop to Projeto Vida street ministry and working with their dance teachers
February/March: Speaking at Girl Scouts event, SHINEgirl program with For the Girls International, CEO conference at University of Tampa with college entrepreneurship students
Preparing for a Haiti trip again soon to visit several of our me if you are interested in partnering.

I would love to update you in person when I am in town. Local hooping is happening all over Tampa at nonprofits and me if you know of a group of kids we can hoop with! You can always email me at or call me at (770) 851-0546. Thank you for your prayers, your support and your encouragement!

In Christ's Abundant JOY,
Carissa Caricato

Sing to the LORD; praise his name. Each day proclaim the good news that he saves. Publish his glorious deeds among the nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things he does. (Psalm 96:2-3)


In the News


Carissa and Sara hoop in downtown Tampa's Curtis Hixon Park for World Hoop Day on 11-11-11


Hoopnotica sales to benefit Hoola for Happiness


Hooping at Prayas Orphanage in Delhi, India

If you are in the market for a new hoop or travel hoop, you can buy one and benefit Hoola for Happiness! Use COUPON CODE: HoolaforHappiness

Makes an awesome birthday present, splurge or workout prop :)

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Carissa sharing hoop lessons in the slums of Delhi, India

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