Update From Goa, India
- By Benita Joy
- Published 03/15/2008
Benita Joy is a Malayalee Christian and serves as the Chief Editor for South Asian Connection. She is a woman of faith, gifted in the area of leadership and administration, and has a heart for world missions. Her desire is to live a life that is pure and to serve God's purposes in her generation. Benita is pursuing a double major in English and Psychology at the University of British Columbia. She loves big cities, chai, the internet, roller coasters, international cuisines, music, and hanging out with friends. She is the youngest member of Team SAC, plays guitar with a baby pink pick (Yikes!), and she's not much taller than your average dwarf (don't tell her that).
So I've been at the girl's home in Goa for a week now. And the honest truth is that it hasn't been easy. It's taken my faith to a whole new level. But God has been awesome. The children are absolutely wonderful. All they want is for someone to love them, play with them, hold their hand, be with them, and pay a little attention to them.
And that's exactly what I've been doing--everything from teaching the older girls to read and helping them with their multiplication tables, playing random games with the little ones and helping them with their homework, fiddling on my guitar while they watch in amazement, singing and teaching the children to sing, spending time with them, leading Bible study every day, praying with them, and just showing the love of Jesus. They love physical contact, having me sit beside them, put my arms around them, hold their hand.
I wish for each one of these girls that they had a family to go to...I'd take them home with me if I could. On the flip side of that, I have my fair share of struggles. But I'd rather not go into that here. But I do ask for your prayers. More than anything, I really really need prayer support. That's all for now. Anyhow, just thought I'd put up a quick update.
Standing in the need of prayer,