Sunday, December 23, 2012

Reaching Out: Scarves, Stories, and Stained Hands

(Here is a Second Installment of us just living our "missional" lives during the Christmas Season in South Asia.)

We have told you before about the Good News Kristie has been able to share with some children and their mothers down by a river near our house, including the chance to share about Jesus' Resurrection on Easter.

Stories

We are certainly not fluent Hindi speakers, but we use what we know as much as we can. What started as children just coming out to play with the foreigner has turned into a large group of people who come to hear stories from the Bible. 

Kristie has been chronologically storying through the Bible in the past few months, but jumped from Isaiah to Christ's Birth this week.


The most remarkable thing about these kids and their mothers is that they seem to be remembering details about the stories of God's guidance of His People we never thought they would grasp onto.


Stained Hands

Henna, or mehndi, is very popular for women here in South Asia. The designs drawn on the hands, arms, feet, and legs stain the skin for a week or two, and often-times tell a story.


Some awesome ladies have made designs that correspond to Bible stories, including the Birth of Christ. The girls are so proud of the designs, and sitting still during the application of the henna gives them another chance to hear the love of God for them.


Scarves

We are not huge proponents of indiscriminately giving stuff away, as such actions can have a lot of negative consequences. But, in this controlled (and relatively small) setting, we were able--through the unexpected gift from a church in Mississippi--to give these poorest of the poor a warm scarf for a little bit of extra protection on these surprisingly cold nights.   


And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
--Matthew 25:40


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