What is needed in your life to wake you up? Like a stack of books thrown to the floor wakes a sleeping student, I have been thrown from the status quo. What will it take to move you?
If you were aware that your neighbor across the street was suffering from starvation, because he could not afford a meal, would you not rush to his house with a loaf of bread and peanut-butter?
If it came to your attention that the child across your street was walking to school through the cold winter without a coat (while your children had three each), would you not rush to deliver a warm coat to that home?
It has been brought to my attention that in India millions of children are suffering under living conditions absolutely too horrendous to comprehend. The woman in the picture below is a Dalit. She lives at the bottom of society in India, which means her only means of income to ward of starvation and homelessness is to clean human feces from a non-existant sewer system. (Don't look too closely, unless you want to have your heart broken for this woman.) This is the future that Dalit children have to look forward to:
If you were given the opportunity to help children out of this oppression, would you accept?
I have been given that opportunity, and you had better believe I said "YES!"
We work for SpringHill Camps, and our mission is to create EXPERIENCES which enable children to KNOW and GROW in their relationship with Jesus Christ. It is with that set of skills, and with that passion for kids to know their worth, that Liz and I partner with Granger Community Church to take the message of the cross to Kalavai, India. We aim to partner with the local body of believers and train the leaders in how to create those same experiences for their children all year long. Our goal, which is too big to accomplish on our own, is to help this village and its children, see their worth.
But I don't want to go it alone! I want to take as many people through this journey with me as I can. If you long to be a part of changing the HOPES & DREAMS of these Dalit children, the Scriptures promise that where your treasures lie, your heart will be also. As I'm building this team of supporters, I ask you to consider joining me through prayer and support.
We leave in December, but before that, I need to buy a plane ticket, and get shots, and all of this costs money. Thanks to Al Gore, it is easier than ever to give. You can go to GCC's Support Page, create an account (very easy), and you're set. If you'd rather a simpler method, you can use Paypal through THIS LINK. In either case, you MUST indicate Jay Taylor or Liz Taylor for the funds to be allocated properly.
My prayer is that you research more into the work the Lord is doing in India. To aid you in your quest, I've included a few links for you to look at, if you have the time. Thank you for your contributions, your time to read all of this, and your love for the Lord. Happy reading...
Dalit Freedom Network - an organization building schools for Dalit children.
Kalavai video - a village transformed by GCC through planting a church and starting small businesses.
Life Mission International - the church planting organization working in partnership with GCC.
National Geographic - a gripping article on the oppression still present in the defunct caste system.