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The Wisdom of Ages in India

Rachel Chimits
January 29, 2019

As one woman in India learns about God, her entire village is changing. 

“Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, to understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge...” (Proverbs 1:5-7a ESV)

It’s easy sometimes to forget how many scientific and medical advances were the work of men and women who were seeking God and the pattern of his fingerprints in nature and our own bodies.

How easily we can lose sight of the almighty God behind technology and intellectual institutions. 

Similarly, people who have come to know Christ from another religion have not always followed the thread of their new faith into the ordinary, everyday aspects of their lives. 

Becoming India's "Untouchable" and Beloved

Rachel Chimits
January 24, 2019

Freedom led to an act of kindness that brought a community together in the most unexpected way.

Hinduism has approximately 33 million gods, and nearly every aspect of nature or people’s life has a god or goddess associated with it. 

In addition to nitya, daily mantras and offerings, good Hindus must observe naimittika, festivals that require special offerings or observances. As a family experiences trouble or someone becomes ill, kamya are costly demonstrations of faith—a pilgrimage to special shrines or bathing in the Ganges River—to garner good favor with specific gods. 

Heart Revival Among India’s Widows

Rachel Chimits
December 12, 2018

God is setting India’s widows free from the weight of prejudice.

To lose a spouse is a hard blow to the heart; but in India, the social ramifications can make it even harsher.

One young Indian woman explains how widows are treated: “She is stigmatised as a woman who has failed to safeguard her husband’s life. Traditional beliefs hold that her husband is God and when he dies, she is expected to be grief-stricken, everlastingly, for the rest of her life.”

Widows are viewed by India’s society as those who have lost what gives them value, not a view that God takes as the “Father of the fatherless and protector of widows...” —Psalms 68:5a ESV