I was also struck by their living conditions. Although I am getting used to seeing how the poor live in India, I just want to get them fixed in a nice home. And by “nice home” I don’t mean the American standard of nice, I mean giving them a floor made out of concrete instead of dirt, a roof that doesn’t pour rain into the house during rainy season, clean water, and a hole for a bathroom. They are precious in God’s eyes and mine. I love them and I want to make life better for them.
But the need in India can be so overwhelming. I can’t help everyone but I can help someone. As the team got back on the bus my tears gave way. The thing that pushed me over the edge of tears flowing freely was the team: A few of the team members were so moved by what they saw that day, that they also wanted to help the helpless, and they did help. Some gave them extra money to alleviate the begging at least for this month. One gave to go towards the roof repair. One saw the need of a man with no legs from the knee down and gave for shoes of some sort to go on the end of his knee. He was walking on rubber scraps tied to his nubs- WOW! They felt what I had been feeling. I was so thankful to God for the awesome team that came with us to India. I’d like to recognize everyone on the team because they each contributed in one way or another to make God’s mission, for us, a reality.
God gave me this scripture years ago and now I am seeing it come to pass. I have read it in several versions but The Message makes it really clear…
I form you and use you to reconnect the people with me, to put the land in order, to resettle families on the ruined properties. I tell prisoners, ‘Come on out. You’re free!’ and those huddled in fear, ‘It’s all right. It’s safe now.’ Isa 49: 8, 9
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Col 3:17