India is a place unlike any other. Regardless of the fact that I have been to very few other countries this fact doesn’t change. Where else can you see opulence and extreme poverty on the same street corner. Where else would a society think it is ok for the builders of a million dollar resort town to live in tents in an area with no running water or public services of any kind. And where else is there a culture that every aspect removes me from my comfort zone!
Yesterday I had an opportunity to visit one of these ‘villages/slums’. If I ever wonder what drives me to do what I do, all I need to do is look at faces like these.
This 5 or 6 year old girl’s future is to be either a child bride at the age of 12 or 13, or sold into the sex industry. She would know this from a young age and never have any dreams of her own. She would be told from the time she was born that she was worthless and could do nothing about her situation.
However, through transformational community, she now has a chance to go to school. Her mother can learn a trade so that she does not need to borrow money from a loan shark; thereby forgoing the need to sell herself or her children to pay it back. She and her parents have access to health care and her mother is learning what her rights are and how to stand up for herself and her children. She has a chance to dream and be a child. But most importantly she will learn who God is and how much He loves her.
I wish I could give details in this blog about what is going on, but it just isn’t safe. However, in broad strokes, transformational community is being lived out in India. Not only are lives being changed, but people are seeing Christ in their lives, and choosing to follow Him in droves! These choices are not because of what He can give them but for who He is!