I am reading a tear filling, gut wrenching book right now.

No Longer a Slumdog  by K.P. Yohannan is definitely at the top of my list of must reads.  Stick with me now, read the entire post.  You'll be glad you did!

The quote from the back cover of the book, seems to give an accurate overall description of the book and readers' reactions. 

"Those with no voice-the suffering

children of Asia-tell their stories.

And as you listen to them,

you share their anguish and

rejoice in their triumphs.

The whole world seems

to stop as you look on."

I received No Longer a Slumdog in the mail before knowing anything about it.  And do you know what topics splatter the pages?  Slave labor and Sex Trafficking.  (Among others)

So, you say, how was the term slumdog termed?  If you just google Slums in India or Calcutta Slum Images, you will find a plethora of pictures depicting the close proximity in which they live, their living conditions, and their faces.  Day after day, passerbys walk by the people that call the slums their home.  Those viewing the slums from their own lives of comfort,

"...began to see these

people in the same way they saw

the wild animals that run down

the narrow dirt streets."

-Yohannan

K.P. Yohannan, president of Gospel for Asia, includes many gathered statistics that are absolutely mind blowing.  But it's the indiviual stories told by people who lived/live in the slums that will truly alter your thinking.

I admit, that before reading this book, I didn't know too much about India.  What I know now breaks my heart and grows a genuine love for the people. 

India is made up of different castes of people.  Whatever caste you are born into, determines your fate, your path in life.  If you're born into a well-to-do family, then you're set for a life on "easy street."  On the other hand, if you come into this world at the bottom of the caste system, there you will remain. 

At the lower extremity of this caste system you'll find the Dalits.  Dalit actually means "broken," "crushed," or "oppressed."

"The filthiest, most degrading and

menial work in society is

relegated to Dalits.

They are the ones who

harvest the fields by

hand, working for hours

in backbreaking labor.

They are the ones who clean

the open-air toilets, latrines

and sewer lines with their

bare hands."

-Yohannan

 See a video of the Dalits as they are offered the "hope of Christ at this historic event." 

"Thousands of untouchable

female children (between six

and eight years old) are forced

to become maidens of

God (Devadasis, Jogins, a

Hindu religious practice

in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka,

Maharashtra, and Orissa, to

mention only a few.)

They are taken from their

families, never to see them again.

They are later raped by the

temple priest and finally

auctioned secretly into

prostitution and ultimatley die."

-Joseph D'souza

Dalit Freedom:Now and Forever

It's easy for the people of India in a lower caste to believe that there's no room for improvement.  That they're stuck in this cycle.  That's where we come into play.  We have the ability to be God's hands and feet.  We, as an extremely privileged people, have the opportunity to show these people that they are NOT less than, trapped, enslaved, or expendable.  

"In Christ, there is no

high caste and no low

caste.  And when the barrier

is not there, I'm no longer under

bondage.  I'm free only in Christ."

-Niran John Das

(grew up in the

slums, until he altered his life)

 We can show them that they are loved, cherished, and worthy.

"The biggest disease

today is not leprosy or

tuberculosis, but

rather the feeling of

being unwanted."

-Mother Teresa

Are you a movie buff?  If so, you may have already seen this movie.  I'll go ahead and say, "I haven't.  But I will."  Slumdog Millionaire is a movie that ties into the book.

My glimpse into this book fails to compare to the tidal wave of information that you'll encounter when you read Yohannan's book, No Longer a Slumdog.  And really it's your lucky day, because this book is being offered to you for free! Yes, free!  Just click here.

It's my hope and prayer that we read a book like this and are shaken, torn, broken, changed, aching.  I pray we're never the same because we simply crack a book and feverishly turn its pages.  I hope you'll do something for yourself and take a moment to order your free book.

"You hear, O Lord, the

desire of the afflicted;

you encourage them, and

you listen to their cry,

defending the fatherless and

the oppressed, in order that

man, who is of the earth, may

terrify no more."

-Psalm 10:17-18

 

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