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$3.50 plus Material

I didn’t quite know what to expect for this second trip to India. I knew I was going to love it but that’s about it. This trip is turning out to be just as awesome as my first trip and I’m continuing to learn and appreciate the Indian people more and more. Not all of being here however is happy. There are many sad moments as you witness the poverty that is all around. So far the saddest moment I’ve experienced here is the life situation of all of the elderly men and women that attend church here on Sunday. When I was told we were going to be giving them some clothing and money I thought it was wonderful to get to experience this kind of benevolence. After I was done I went over to Jaya and started asking him questions about them. That is when I found out that all of the elderly we gave to were completely homeless and living on the streets. Their families abandoned them because either they felt they couldn’t afford to take care of them, or they just didn’t want to. The financial burden was not one they wanted. The elderly we saw have no shelter, no food, and no income and they all look to be 90 years old (I’m sure they probably aren’t that old, but they look it). The only option they have is to beg and depend on the charity of others. CEM gives them some basic needs when they are able, but are not always able to do it as often as they like. We gave them some material and 150 rupees which equals roughly $3.50. Not enough to sustain life for very long. As I contemplate this, I wonder to myself what could possibly keep them going? What do they have to live for? I only hope that if I was in their situation, the Hope and Peace of Christ would be enough but am ashamed to admit I’m not sure it would be. I am in awe of the elderly of India who continue to press forward, despite their circumstances. They are better then I would be. ~Liz

4 Responses to “$3.50 plus Material”

  • Thank you so much for sharing your hearts with the people of India and us! Somehow, it all feels closer reading your words. You’re all in my prayers, and I’m so grateful for each one of you. Enjoy the love of Jesus pouring in and through you!

  • Liz- I’m so glad you are having such an amazing time! I wish I was there- but I love reading your (and the rest of the team’s) words! You are all in my prayers! Can’t wait to hear more! 🙂

  • Liz, I’m so glad you are there safe and having another amazing trip! I can’t wait to see all your pictures and hear all about it.

    Remember to hug Munga for me!! 🙂

    Love Jess

  • Ah yes, the joy and heartbreak of India. I know it well. Take solace in knowing that you’re contributing to the joy part 🙂

    Peace, love, and prayers to the team, the children, Jaya and all of CEM. And bagu nava to Jim 😉