Many of us have seen the movie, Slumdog Millionaire, where eyes were opened wide to the exploitation of children on the streets in India. Nothing was exaggerated about the location where it was filmed. That poverty was quite true to life. I haven’t seen it with my own eyes but I know people who have. The streets are filled with hopeless and helpless children who are manipulated into child slavery. Just in India alone, there are 50 million children who work from age 4 on and live in such a crisis.
An overwhelming statistic; a depressing reality...
As followers of Jesus Christ, we are told not to neglect, ignore, or forget these precious children. Gospel for Asia, a ministry I have a high regard for, looks at this situation as a tremendous opportunity to bring hope to these boys and girls. GFA has missionaries and social workers placed in Bombay where Slumdog Millionaire was shot and they serve the one million dwellers in that very same slum. As of March 2011, they rescued 60,000 children from a life of bondage in Jesus’ Name and each child is enrolled in a Gospel for Asia Bridge of Hope center.
Gospel for Asia President and Founder, K.P. Yohannan has written many powerful books (I blogged about one of my favorites back in 2010). In his book, No Longer a Slumdog, Dr. Yohannan shares many real-life stories from the slums. He also includes wonderful testimonies of Jesus’ love being poured out and transforming the children there. I encourage you all to check it out if you have not already. Though there are stories that have ended well, the reality is that there are still millions of children trapped in a life of hopeless wandering on the streets who need help… our help. No Longer a Slumdog will challenge and encourage you to the situation in India and make a difference in Christ's Name.
All of the statistics are from the book itself. Check out the website for No Longer a Slumdog to watch videos and hear stories about transformed lives.