Karishma Outreaches in Agra, India are flourishing, with the favor of the Lord and your prayers and support. You have made it possible for these outreaches to grow and for us to expand reach out to hurting women who have been subjugated to severe brutality by men.
The Karishma Girl’s Home is home to 25, beautiful, intelligent, healthy girls from the ages of 6 to 15 years. The girls sang at the Agra “Rise up India Youth Conference” in October 2015. They performed brilliantly. My mother who is a classically trained Indian singer has been giving them singing lessons as well. Often the children are invited to perform at Christian functions in Agra.
The second floor has been completed and is fully furnished as well. It is a beautiful. I am so thankful to all of you who sowed into this outreach. I wish you could see it yourselves, the difference you have made in 25 lives is tremendous!
The sewing school is flourishing. We are looking into the possibility of purchasing our own property and constructing a small place. The place they meet is full and even though more girls want to attend we just do not have the room. The word has spread in other areas as well of this outreach where we teach sewing free and shower the students with the love of Jesus. We have a number of requests to open multiple schools in Agra. We would love to do so, but need the finances and a good staff. Agree with us for this increase.
In April my mother began working with a group of women (7) who are survivors of vicious acid attacks. She spent a lot of time counselling them and encouraging them to rise up. We began to raise funds to rehabilitate them as well. On our recent trip to India Mark and I had the honor of meeting three of them. All of them have one thing in common. Men threw acid on them because each one of these ladies rejected the men’s advances. It is my pleasure to introduce them to you.
RITU is around 23 years old. Her cousin threw acid on her because she did not respond to his advances as well. She says she watched her skin melt like chocolate melts in the heat after the acid was thrown on her. Ritu’s parents are financially okay, so she has had a few surgeries that have helped her cope better. She has an artificial eyes. The trauma on her was no different than that Geeta and Dolly went through.
Geeta, was married and has two girls. She ran a little tea stall, trying to help her husband earn a living. One of her customers developed a fondness for her and wanted to elope with her. Geeta did not respond to his advances, rather she told him to leave her alone. A few days later he came to her stall with a container full of acid and threw it on her. It landed on her face and arm. Geeta said she could not understand what had happened. She watched her flesh fall of her like wax off a candle. She was excruciating pain. She was given preliminary treatment in a government run hospital. They did not take proper care of her. One of her ears closed and is constantly infected causing her tremendous pain and discomfort. Her husband has abandoned her and she has to care for her two daughters aged 18 and 10 years and an ailing mother. Her tea stall was ruined as well. Today she deals with tremendous fear of being out in public.
We invited Geeta to attend the Rise up India Conference in Agra and she readily came. She heard about Jesus was the first time, accepted Him as Lord and Savior and was healed of severe back pain.
Dolly is 14 years old. Acid was thrown on her when she was 12 years old. She was a happy go lucky child. Her mother worked as a domestic help in homes and her father is a day laborer. A boy from her school liked her and made advances on her. Dolly told her mother who spoke to the boy, telling him to leave Dolly alone. The next day the boy comes to Dolly’s home, while she is playing carom, throws acid on her and bolts out of the house. Dolly’s entire life was turned upside down. She spent months in hospital. She could not eat solid food for 3 months. The first time she ate solid food after the attack, her mouth began to bleed. Her nasal passage is badly burned and breathing is laborious for her. Her eyes are badly damaged as well. For the entire time she did not leave her home, she was so ashamed of the way she looked. She stopped going to school as her peers made fun of her appearance. The teacher was not to kind to her either. Due to her damaged eyes she was unable to read well, and was constantly reprimanded by the teacher.
After receiving council from my mother these ladies have acquired some confidence. They no longer see themselves as ugly, but beautiful WINNERS.
This is a new area we are venturing into and I feel absolutely driven, compelled and obsessed with the need to help provide for them. We have committed to providing surgery for Geeta and Dolly. A wonderful plastic surgeon has agreed to perform the surgery on both of them free of his cost. Our ministry will cover the hospital stay, medication and recovery. They will stay at the girl’s home for the recovery period. Robin and Shobha the house parents are completely willing to take care of them while they recover. The surgeries are scheduled for some time in the winter. Will get the exact dates from my mother soon.
Thank you so much for making these outreaches possible!
“Open your mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.” Proverbs 31:9