Dalit (Untouchables) women are the most trafficked caste of women in India. We recently shared a story on CNN about an Indian girl whose violent gang rape & subsequent death caused a mass uprising in India. However, there are many more rapes happening that go unnoticed and unprotected. Check out this article about what the Dalit Freedom Network is doing to bring justice to women of all castes and backgrounds.
The following is from “When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor and Yourself”.
“North American Christians are simply not doing enough. We are the richest people ever to walk the face of the earth. Period. Yet, most of us live as though there is nothing terribly wrong in the world. We attend our kids’ soccer games, pursue our careers, and take beach vacations while 40 percent of the world’s inhabitants struggle just to eat every day. And in our own backyards, the homeless, those residing in ghettos, and a wave of immigrants live in a world outside the economic and social mainstream of North America. We do not necessarily need to feel guilty about our wealth. But we do need to get up every morning with a deep sense that something is terribly wrong with the world and yearn to do something about it. There is simply not enough yearning and striving going on.”
in-between. that’s probably the best way to describe the last year of our lives. at first we were engaged, which is a great season, but an in-between season none the less. and then we were married. and it was great, but soon after, we decided that we were moving to india. which catapulted us directly into one of the hardest, yet sweetest seasons of our lives thus far. we’re just in between. we’re married, but don’t quite feel like real adults yet. we’re both managing retail. i’m only semi-using my degree. preston’s just trying to graduate. and our hearts are both longing for something else, but knowing that the Lord has called us to now. he’s called us to love well where we are. he’s called us to pour out here. to open up our home however we can. to give and to love freely.
and at the end of the day, we know that we are thankful for this season. this season of hardship and feeling like we’re under attack. a season of knowing what & when the next step is, but having to wait. we’re thankful for the season of waiting. we’re thankful for the amazing sense of community we have here. we’re thankful for all of these things that have started to shape the story of us. the hard times draw us to each other and draw us closer to the Lord. and they teach us to be content, no matter what the circumstances. and to cherish the time that we have with our friends & family, because we know that in six months, that’ll be few & far in between.
so we are thankful. and we are learning. and we are eagerly waiting in expectancy that our God will do more than we ever asked or imagined.
and as i’ve learned to love this in-between season, i’ve rested on these powerful lyrics from Will Reagan & the United Pursuit Band:
“I lean not on my own understanding,
my life is in the hands of the maker of heaven.
I give it all to you, trusting that you’ll make something beautiful out of me.
There’s nothing I hold on to.
I will climb this mountain with my hands wide open.”
Human Traffcking is both a local and global issue. It is an issue that we’d like to sweep under the rug and not talk about because it is too ugly to deal with. But one that myself and Alex cannot turn our backs too. Theses are just some of the beautiful kids that we’ll be serving during our time in India. These are the boys who have run away from abusive homes or been abandoned by their families only to wind up alone in a train station. And these are the girls who have been rescued from the nearby slums Kolkata. These children now have hope. Hope in a new life. Hope in finding love. Hope in Christ.
We are just are just so humbled that the Lord has called us to Kolkata to be able to share the love and care He gives to us.
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;
he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor,
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn;
3 to grant to those who mourn in Zion—
to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;
that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.
4 They shall build up the ancient ruins;
they shall raise up the former devastations;
they shall repair the ruined cities,
the devastations of many generations.
– Isaiah 61:1-4
Photos courtesy of His Voice Global
If you haven’t heard about the gang rape that has sparked a huge outrage in India, here is a great description of what happened and what is being done about it. This is both tragic and exciting and we are excited to see how the Lord uses this horrific event to change the culture in India.
We are so excited to let everyone know that we have our very first official monthly supporter! We are so excited and know that this is just the beginning of an amazing example of the Lord’s providence in our lives.
We need to raise $4,000 just to get us over to India. And then we need $2,200 a month to keep us afloat while we are there. We know that seems like a lot, but if 44 people gave $50 a month, we would be fully funded!
Interested in supporting us? Check out our fundraising site to donate and to learn more!
We are so thankful, excited & humbled as we start our fundraising process. Thank you for reading & please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions about what we’ll be doing in India!
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2012 was a huge year for us! Between getting married, deciding to move to India, new jobs, etc, it was definitely a year full of learning & adventures. We are super excited to kick off 2013, as it is the year that we’re moving to india!
Here’s a little review of 2012, according to our favorite photo sharing app, Instagram.
Enjoy! Happy New Year!