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I’m Having A Baby!

My husband and I are expecting our first baby in January (woot!). Whenever I share the good news with friends and family, one of the first questions is almost always:

“Have you chosen a name yet?”

Names are pretty important. It’s hard to imagine choosing a name for a human being I haven’t even MET yet – and yet somehow everyone I have ever known seems to just fit their name! (We haven’t settled on one yet, by the way.)

But in India, there are thousands of girls whose parents didn’t have to think hard about what to call them.

They are named Nakusa, which literally means, “Unwanted.”

Unwanted. Imagine the burden of living up to that as your name. Imagine the shame. The lack of self-esteem. The constant, bitter reminder that your very existence is a disappointment.

India’s culturally engrained preference for boys is so pervasive that is extends right into the naming of their girls… that’s why I’m passionate about the message that our partners are sharing through Children’s Bible Clubs, Literacy Classes, and Church Planters: She Counts.

She Counts means that girls are cherished by their Heavenly Father. They are created uniquely. They are WANTED.

Names are so important that God gave us many to call Him by:

  • El Shaddai (Lord God Almighty)
  • El Elyon (The Most High God)
  • Adonai (Lord, Master)
  • Yahweh (Lord, Jehovah)
  • Jehovah Nissi (The Lord My Banner)
  • Jehovah-Raah (The Lord My Shepherd)
  • Jehovah Rapha (The Lord That Heals)
  • Jehovah Shammah (The Lord Is There)
  • Jehovah Tsidkenu (The Lord Our Righteousness)
  • Jehovah Mekoddishkem (The Lord Who Sanctifies You)
  • El Olam (The Everlasting God)
  • Elohim (God)
  • Jehovah Jireh (The Lord Will Provide)
  • Jehovah Shalom (The Lord Is Peace)
  • Jehovah Sabaoth (The Lord of Hosts)

Join with me in praying and working toward the day when the name “Nakusa” is unknown to India’s girls … because the Lord’s name is known by all!

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