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Joyful Giving

“In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.”  Acts 20:35

We both strongly feel like our main purpose in coming here was to give of ourselves, but we did not expect to receive so much.  It’s staggering to see the extreme poverty with the vast majority of the people we encounter.  Being here has opened up our eyes to the harsh reality that we are beyond fortunate and unknowingly ungrateful.  In the culture we live in, it is hard to be satisfied with what we have been given; we always “need” more.  In India, that is not so.  On our day trip Kakinada we experienced the genuine spirit of giving firsthand.  During the medical clinic, a few of our team members were invited on a tour around the village, while the remainder of the team stayed back to pray.  After the tour, one of the villagers became very enthusiastic about us seeing his home.  To us, his house seemed painfully small and run-down, but he was so proud of where he calls his home.  He first took us up to his roof where he freed his white pigeons for us.  We then went into the room and he asked us to pray over him and his household.  Greg led us in prayer, stating, “this man has so little, but obviously has so much.”
We then met a little girl, Tabithe, who also escorted us to her home. Upon arrival we met her mother who immediately invited us to sit on her bed and offered us water and pastries. They were so happy to have guests and were so willing to share the little they had. Their joy was overflowing and contagious. It was so moving to be able to receive their gifts, yet deep down it was hard not to feel ashamed of our own selfishness. Reflecting upon this day has been so humbling for both of us.
– Teresa & Victoria