Thursday, March 12, 2015

No Longer A Slumdog

The first thing that comes to most people's minds when they see the title of this book is the Oscar winning movie, "Slumdog Millionaire." Now, I've never seen this movie but I've heard it's amazing (and now I need to watch it...).

This book discusses how one group of Christians in India have taken the power of God and prayer, and helped out thousands of children in India. The book many quite a few children and how their lives were before, and then after the organization helped them by either coming into their communities to meet needs, or having them enrolled in their school.

The book detailed a lot of information on the outlawed Caste system that is still very much at work in India, regardless of what they say they do. These children, the children born in the Dalit, or as is a more common term to us, untouchable, caste, have basically no hope of getting out of that as they are looked at worse than the homeless are in America.

I think the saddest were parents selling their children to make ends meet, thinking it might make life better for the children. Or the parents who get on a train with their children, then abandon them to wherever fate may lead them once the train stops, or they get off, leaving the children behind. Can you imagine just sending your child off to who knows where???? I can't!

The biggest thing I'm gleamed from this book was the absolute power of prayer. It seemed, almost extreme in places in the book! But you could feel the author's heartbreak over how hurt he was by the treatment of so many people in his country. Gospel for Asia seems to do a lot of work in India helping out the poor, and the children who seemingly don't have a future. They try to take in any child they can, especially if the only other available option is for their parent to sell them. I can't even imagine how happy these parents must be to have an education, and food, for their children. But on the other hand, India is not known as a Christian country, so I'm sure there are quite a few trials in that.

It really is a heart consuming book. Yes, in places it seems like a lot of propaganda for the country, but how it that any different than any other large, international, Christian group? I thought it was beautifully written, heart grabbing, with pictures of the children throughout, both happy that they are in school and have a future now, and picture of them before they had help.

You can get a free book here! Read it, pass it along. 

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