I’ve loved to travel since I was a little girl, so when I was offered the opportunity to go to India, I eagerly accepted.
For the past four months, I’ve worked as the Ministry Intern at Mission India. The entire experience has been priceless, but the highlight of my internship was the trip to visit 60 Children’s Bible Club leaders in India. There is no way to adequately put into words the joy that overcame me as I immersed myself within Indian culture for two weeks, but I can tell you a little bit about the amazing work of God alongside Mission India that I experienced while I was there.
India grapples with a number of social issues that seem to be far from solved. Poverty is extensive; the bottom 25% in India lives on less than $1.25 a day. Gender inequality remains a pressing concern, as bride burnings and domestic abuse are still common. These are the areas of concern that I, as a Sociology major at Wake Forest University, took note of before entering the country. However, instead of encountering these heartbreaks, I met 60 individuals filled with the love of Christ, eager to teach others.
My team and I spent each day discussing how to teach classes of around 50 students. Then, on Thursday evening, I visited a Children’s Bible Club. As a visitor, I had to keep my head down to try to avoid drawing attention to the fact that a group of Westerners was visiting an impoverished area. After reaching the top floor, I heard a number of excited voices and all of my worry seemed to fade. As we taught the children English lessons and Bible stories, they were so joyful, even in a small, packed room with 50 other kids. Seeing this was incredible.
My heart breaks for the individuals in India who have yet to hear about the great love God has for them, no matter their gender, caste, or income level. Mission India plays a role in the alleviation of inequalities alongside acknowledging our Father’s great love. As these Children’s Bible Club leaders enter their classes, they are not only creating a more educated nation, but also instilling Christ-like values that will serve their students well throughout their lives. They are now able to learn English, receive homework help, and gain social skills. All students now have a Christian role model in their teachers, when many of their home lives may be difficult.