Last year I had an experience that forever changed my life. I went to India on my first mission trip with Serve The Children. I had volunteered with them for years, but last year it just wasn't enough, I had to go and see for myself what this was all about. I will never be the same, nor would I want to be.
My first experience of India was as the plane was touching down in Mumbai. Along the side of the airport was a slum: a community of people beyond poor trying to create a life for themselves and their family in filth and despair. After that the flight to Nagpur, driving to the home I was struck by the poverty and hopelessness all around. When we got to the children's home/school it was like crossing into another dimension. Happy clean children running up to me as if I were someone special. Latching onto my hand as if I were trusted family.
This is a home of hope. A home where broken kids come to learn to love the Lord and allow Him to heal their pain. Where people like me want to, no, desire to board planes for an obnoxious amount of flighttime to go half way around the world to make a difference and to show these kids that they are so special and worth every second it takes to get there.
Why? These kids are not just the hope of India, but the hope of a better world. They need to know that they can grow beyond the poverty, beyond a system that fails families, and beyond the atrocities that so many Indian children experience. During the school year I work hard for kids here at home, but come summer, my heart yearns to embrace these sweet kids. I can't do it alone, though. I need people to help me get there. Who will invest what I lack, so that I can give what they can't. Will you be a part of my team?
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