08/07/2009

Gospel for Asia

Have you heard of this organisation Gospel for Asia. Tonight, I thought i'd share an article of their newsletter and the following video shows one of their missionaries in action in a slum there. Please click on the arrow to start the film!



Here is the article:

A personal message from Gospel for Asia President K.P. Yohannan

The photo was shocking. There, on the front page of the Indian Express, my eyes were drawn to a picture of a small boy—he couldn’t have been more than five years old—lying on a sidewalk next to the busiest street in Mumbai (Bombay), India.

This nearly-naked boy was lying next to a dog—a female dog. And as I looked closer I could see that this little skinny, ragged child was drinking the dog’s milk!
My eyes moved from the photo to the caption below it, which read, "This dog is his mother."
Horrified, I began to read the article that accompanied the photo, and it laid out the grim reality that was so vividly portrayed in that picture. It talked about the 100,000 kids walking the streets of Mumbai—a city of nearly 15 million people. These kids will never know their parents. The article also talked about the government trucks that come around in the early dawn hours to haul off the bodies of those people—mostly the children—who died during the night.
As I read this article, my heart was breaking, because I knew that these homeless children were but a fraction of those who make up the horrifying human equation in India. Mumbai also has the unfortunate distinction of having one of the world’s largest slums. With five million residents, there are as many people living in makeshift shacks in the Mumbai slum as there are living in Chicago and Houston combined!
And I know that this overwhelming problem isn’t exclusive to Mumbai. In South Asia alone, more than 90 million children go to bed hungry every single day; another 134 million children between the ages of seven and 18 have never been to school. India alone has as many as 150 million child laborers, the largest number of any country in the world! That amounts to one in seven children over the age of five forced into child labor in India. Just think about these children working 12 to 18 hours a day for only a few pennies. No wonder this little boy I saw in that newspaper picture was taking comfort in a mama dog. It may have been the only time he felt that someone truly cared for him. Find out what you can do to help a child in South Asia
Here is their link :
http://www.gfa.org/slum-dog-boy

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