Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Last March, Northern Kentucky University photography professor Barbara Houghton visited Ma Dham to document the work Dr. Giri is doing to help the widows of Vrindavan for her photographic essay titled "Changing India, one Woman at a Time". She invited Dr. Giri and I to come for the gallery opening on November 15th. She also arranged to have Dr. Giri speak on the status of widows in India and screened "White Rainbow" at her University as well as neighboring Xavier University. It was a wonderful trip. Barbara and her husband Keith, hosted us at their lovely home set in the woods and served us excellent food. It was a great time to get to know Dr. Giri better in a relaxed environment. Her talks were powerful and her enthusiasm was contagious.
I'm looking forward to our upcoming trip in February to continue with the important work that is set before us. Won't you join us? It will be life changing!
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Brother Dinesh’s relative is the administrator of a Methodist Health Center that is about 40 klm from here. They conduct free medical camps in Vrindavan every Monday morning. Geeta, the manager, and I are going to visit the center on next Thursday morning, and get camps scheduled for the widows here at Ma Dham. God is Good.
I’m so looking forward to being with you all again. I arrive home 10th Nov.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Cynthia has been busy these past few months that she has been living in Vrindavan at the Ma Dham shelter for destitute widows. One of her favorite tasks has been interviewing widows that she has been caring for and loving on so that she can learn more about them and pass on their stories to us. Please take a moment to learn about them to see if it would be in your heart to help sponsor the care for these women. Every bit helps and every hug counts! We will be highlighting one widow at a time so keep checking back to see more faces and read more stories.
Age: approximately 75 When asked her age she said, “500!” She married at age 13. Her husband was 22. She had one son. She became a widow at age 40. Three years after her husband died her son threw her out of the house so she came to Vrindavan. She has no contact with her family because it is too painful. She has difficulty walking, but she can still get around on her own very slowly.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Our first official White Rainbow Project trip was a complete success! Joining us this first time were Pepperdine University students, Brianna, Austin and Sid and Palomar College student, Danielle. Cynthia was happy to greet us at the widow's shelter known as Ma Dham, as she had been there a few weeks in advance of our arrival. The weather was hot and there were lots of interesting bugs in our rooms at night, but we did not let that distract us from our main goal of ministering to the widows. We spent most of the mornings cleaning the rooms and bathrooms of the bedridden widows, gaining their trust and showing them kindness. Even though we could not speak their language, we were able to communicate with them perfectly as LOVE needs no translation. It was the best part of the trip!
Friday, June 25, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
So much has transpired since my last post.... God has brought more people to help me with this project. Brianna is a young energetic recent Pepperdine graduate who saw the screening of White Rainbow that we had at Pepperdine University last month. She was so moved by the film that she has volunteered to help us get the non-profit up and running and she is planning on joining us on our first service trip planned for July 15-30. This trip is for Pepperdine students and anyone else that wants to join us. We only have space for 12 people so if you are interested, email me right away!!!