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June 18, 2014
I am frequently asked this question. Why did I choose India? The truth is I feel like India chose me. I have shared before how when I was a teenager I went on a trip to India to work and minister to orphans and the poorest of the poor in the world. That experience was life changing. To see such extreme poverty, neglect, and hunger up close, changes a person.I held babies that had never been held before. I saw children who had no hope for a future that was better than they currently had. I left there heartbroken and wishing that I could do more.
There hasn’t been a time since that I have not thought of those children and the sadness and hopelessness that was in their eyes. There hasn’t been a time that I haven’t felt my heart tugged to do something more. I couldn’t imagine what I could do, one person, to help so many.
I am also frequently asked:
Why don’t you help people here, in your own country instead? Dear friend, we do! Rick and I have given more in support to US organizations over the past 7 years than to any other place in the world. We will continue to give and serve domestically. Our heart is to give more and more as we are able. These organizations are changing the world--right here in the good ol' US, some of them right in our own backyard.
However, we do not feel that we have to limit our support to a single organization or country when there are so many who need help all over the world. Places where a relatively small amount of money can make the difference between life and death. We will continue to do our part wherever in the world we feel called. Even the poorest Americans are richer than those living in Third World countries and have access to social services that simply are not available in Third World countries.
All those years ago, God planted the seed of India in my heart. As a Christian, I fell it’s very important to care for those who are orphaned, widowed or less fortunate.
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. (James 1:27)
Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked. (Psalm 82:3-4)
God’s love explodes beyond all borders and so our love follows.
According to statistics released by Unicef, in India there are over 33 million children with no parents. Of these, only a small percentage of children have parents who have died, the rest have simply been abandoned. Children who literally live on the street. Children who are as young as three years old left on the streets to fend for themselves. This I saw with my own eyes. To turn the other way after witnessing this would simply be unconscionable. And now as mother, I see the face of my own children on the orphans in India and tears well up instantly.
Thanks to all of you who have supported Grace and Lace, the longing that was placed in my heart is finally being answered. Every one of you have a part in this story. To know that people all over the world have had a part in building Halle House, fills me with joy.
If you are passionate about, or feel called to a certain area/project, we encourage you to do the same. Go for it with everything you have. Wherever you feel called, whether in your own town or a world away, answer the call.
May 25, 2020
So, let me ask you this, you come to a Nation as a teenager, which just attained independence in the previous century, was exploited and robbed of its riches by Islamic and colonial powers, faced 1000 years of subjugation and humiliation. You saw the outcome of that, Widespread poverty.
Now as a Nation, we are growing, propelling ourselves to face the world and compete and create a better life for our citizens.
But, you rather than choosing to support that endeavour, choose to be spreading your belief system a.k.a Religion, in an indirect or direct manner.
Tell me this, you believe in Christianity and whichever method of the same that you are part of, took it to be the “Truth”, without the consideration of an alternative, much inclusive, much older method.
Without an iota of doubt, you have faith in your Book, but choose to believe that the deprived and impoverished Indians are one’s who have no access to such information or theological aspects, of their own land.
No comparison, no questioning, no verification or analysis before concluding to “What truth really is, or do we even as humans ever attain the wisdom to finally know it?”.
Where in the entire sequence of events, do you think you are doing good.
Do good by extending your support, without any expectations.
Don’t endorse your bigotry.
April 09, 2020
In the name of donation, you are just out there to convert people into your stupid religion. Fuck you for using this to exploit and convert poor people into Christianity. Fuck you and your religion.
January 25, 2020
Please accept this as a formal request to consider me for a job lbs your ministry in India. Please see my resume attached. SHARMA PRATEEK
S/o Sh. Shiv Ram Sharma WZ-217, Hastsal Road,
Gali No. 13-14, Uttam Nagar,
Ph. : 9599410118
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Passion-driven graduate in Urban Ministry and Behavioral Science seeking an entry level position in the mental health and human services where I can leverage solid organizational and computer skills.
Master of Professional Studies: Urban Ministry, New York Theological Seminary, New York, NY.
Bachelor of Science: Behavioral Science, Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY
Ministry and Human Services, Boricua College & The Rising Hope, Kingston, NY
Non Violent Conflict Resolution (Basic), The Alternatives to Violence Project, Inc.,
Aggression Replacement Training (Basic), Ossining, NY
Alcohol Substance and Abuse Treatment (Basic), Ossining, NY
HIV and AIDS Counseling and Education (Basic & Advanced), Osborne Association,
Facilities Special Events, Sing Sing Correctional Facility, Ossining, NY 2013 – 2018
Facilities Special Events is responsible for organizing all special event programming in alignment with New York State Department of Corrections and Community Services objectives to work with inmates to ensure successful re-entry into society; help inmates strengthen community and family ties; and recognize individual and group achievement.
Administrative Assistant/Event Coordinator
Work with Special Events Director and other specialized program coordinators to organize logistics for all special events, including academic graduations; family day picnics; religious, ethnic and cultural educational programs and celebrations; inmate organization workshops; community volunteer presentations; and entertainment programs.
Responsible for maintaining and improving technical systems and databases related to program operations.
Oversee creation and distribution of invitation lists and tracking RSVPs.
Help assess programmatic needs, establish priorities, develop schedules, delegate functions,
troubleshoot logistical problems and meet time sensitive, critical deadlines.
Proficient in identifying, assembling, and organizing talented teams to coordinate and
execute events successfully.
Responsible for collecting, collating, packaging and distributing event materials.
Tutoring incarcerated men enrolled in undergraduate studies in basic research and writing.
Also have experienced working with the mentally ill in regards to seeing to their needs, holding workshops with them, and counseling them.
Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint), Internet research, social media platforms. Familiar with computer hardware and software maintenance and troubleshooting.
LANGUAGES: Hindi, Punjabi, English and understand little bit Spanish.
Social Work. Thank you.
July 15, 2019
In the name of donation, you are investing in the orphans of my country to make them Child Labourers for your company.
Your God must be so ashamed of you, I must say.
March 30, 2015
November 20, 2014
November 13, 2014