These precious children are with us wherever we go. See how thin the girl’s arm is and the attempt to brighten themselves with the beads around their necks ? Imagine they where washed and had new clothes. They are beautiful enough to be in cinema. Remember the Indian beggar children who lit the screen in “Slum Dog Millionaire?” But come to think of it, they are beautiful in their current condition. . . .smiling and happy to be photographed.
Last time in India, I listened to the admonition not to give to the beggars but give to organizations who systematically help the poor. But I was always feeling guilty that they asked, and I gave nothing. As a Christian, I am told to give my coat , if someone asks for my shirt. I did give food to some of the hungry last trip and particularly remember ordering and buying a cheese pizza for a little girl. I gave her the box, she opened it , looked at me wide eyed, looked deep into my eyes, than took off running . I hope she and her family enjoyed that strange food!
I learned from the rickshaw driver who kept coins in his dashboard. This time, I am carrying coins with me to give to whomever asks. I also gave two little tykes, not yet school age, begging , bananas. The usual response was the outstretched hand for money , but as I looked back , they were peeling the bananas. I know that most of the Hindu and Jain Temples serve one hot meal a day for the poor. People are trying to help them, but there are just so many in this country of 1.6 billion souls!
So this time, I brought chocolate kisses for the children and give rupee coins, as well. Is it helping the children and the old women? I don’t know, honestly. Probably this is only making me feel less guilty with all that I have been blessed with. But that is what I am doing this time in India. And , oh yes, I am praying for the Lord’s mercy and provision both physical and spiritual for these “least among many” in India, who also were created in His image.
This Is Incredible India!
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Your thoughts, please?
What a wonderful post, I’m so happy that you opened your heart and gave what you could. Some people harden their hearts and justify doing nothing as the poverty in places like India can seem so endemic and overwhelming.
The Lord said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35).
May you continue to be blessed and safe in your travels. 🙂
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Thank you Naomi of reminding me of that verse! I am blessed to be here in India with my husband and students for an extended stay. I have fallen in love with the place. Blessings!
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It must be incredibly sad to see children like this. Anything you can offer is good I believe 😊😊
You are so correct…and such a wonderful, heart-warming (yet breaking) post Anne…
Sounds & looks like you are having another great adventure. Keep it up and be safe.
Thank you for your faithful following. I am so happy to be back in India.
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