I just want to document some of these incidents because as time progresses and more and more miracles keep happening I don't want to lose sight of the way God has been working behind the scenes, orchestrating this journey.
When I first felt led to start the White Rainbow Project, I was at a loss. I did not have the funds nor the expertise or time to start a non-profit. I prayed that if God really wanted me to do this he would have to provide others to come alongside me to get it going. No sooner had I prayed this prayer than he started providing the people and organizations to help me.
The first "angel" he sent my way was a friend of mine from church Jon Slivester. Jon has always been interested in my film White Rainbow. His in-laws had been financial supporters of the film, so he had known about it for quite sometime. He has a passion for India, as one of his favorite Christian speakers was Ravi Zacharias, a renowned author and apologist who is originally from India, but now has a dynamic ministry in the U.S. Ravi's daughter Namoi had seen White Rainbow over a year ago and she was motivated to go to Vrindavan to help fund the Guild of Service. When I shared with Jon about my desire to start a non-profit to help the widows, he told me that he and his wife had just been praying about doing something to make a real difference in the lives of others, he told me that he felt certain that this was his calling. He told me that he would take care of the details of starting the non-profit and that I should just concentrate on making it happen!
The next amazing connection is that Ravi Zacharias' other daughter, Sarah who works for my alma mater Pepperdine University mentioned to me that they have just started a whole new program called "The Waves of Service" whereby they partner with alumni that are doing service work to support them by promoting their work to students and fellow alumni. When I told them about the White Rainbow Project, they were all over it! They thought it was a wonderful project and now they are working with me on many levels to support my efforts. They have arranged for me to screen White Rainbow on campus on Feb. 2. They are also including the service trips in their on going volunteer program and they have already helped me plan the first trip in May with their graduate students!
Sarah has also agreed to help us with fundraising and marketing and to be another founding member of the board of the White Rainbow Project!
Then there is the unbelievable connection of how Suzanne came on board to help us. Believe it or not, a few weeks ago, Suzanne actually saw a real white rainbow in the sky when she was hiking on Point Dume in Malibu. She was on her way to a prayer meeting. She felt like it was some kind of sign from God. She had been praying on how she could help abused women. When she got home, she googled "White Rainbow" and you guessed it- up came my film, White Rainbow. She had already seen the movie Water which also depicts the deplorable fate that many Indian widows face, so when she read about White Rainbow she knew that she must get involved with helping Indian widows. She ordered the film from my website, and since I was out of DVDs, I called her to let her know that it would take a few more days before I could send her a copy. I just happened to ask her how she heard about White Rainbow- when she told me her story of seeing the white rainbow in the sky, and how her gift and passion is to help abused women, I could not believe what I was hearing. I had just been praying that day for a way that we could make the widows feel special, and here was the answer to that prayer- Suzanne has a ministry called "The Spiritual Spa" the main focus is how to make abused women feel loved!
I quickly told Suzanne about the White Rainbow Project and she said that she was ready to help!
She along with Jon, is coming with me in February on an exploratory trip to Vrindavan, so that we can set up the service trips. We need to find out how we can be of the most help to these women.
The journey is just begining!!!!