We have visited some of the earth’s toughest places, traversed in 85 countries, but this trip to Bihar on the border of India and Nepal would turn out to be the worst living conditions for people we had ever seen. It’s a place wracked with poverty, where beggars dot the streets. Only many of these beggars are different than any others. They have leprosy. Each year Meridian chooses a humanitarian project and invites all of our readers to participate together in making a difference somewhere. It’s the ultimate group hug, to see if all of us pitch in, even a little, if we can’t make a big difference somewhere. Here's how you can be a part of it.
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The updates from Mozambique this week are bleak. 90% of the city Beira and its surrounding areas were destroyed in the cyclone. It is the strongest cyclone on record in the Southern Hemisphere. The early estimated death toll was expected to reach over 1,000 people, with an estimated 15,000 people still missing. Reports are coming in that it could be much higher once the floods recede and that many bodies will be taken out to sea or never be found. What can be done to aid the survivors? Find out how you can help.
In this series of articles, I have tried to teach through stories, principles that we have learned through our work at Rising Star Outreach. Why? Because, in the end, not everyone can go to India to serve the poor. But the principles that work in India to create healing, can also heal if put into practice anywhere in the world.
It was only a pre-school, but we were unbelievably excited to actually be opening a school for the leprosy-affected in Southern India. We would start with a preschool. The children would have to stay overnight at the school. A boarding school for preschoolers—I had never heard of such a thing and wondered if parents would really be willing to leave their 3-5-year-old children there for months on end.
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We know little about the childbirth and delivery practices at that time of Jesus, other than the fact that childbirth is the most basic natural experience for women. It started with Eve and it is ever the same. Our modern medicine and practices have made it infinitely better and safer for many, but not all. There are many women at this very time, in impoverished countries, who do experience childbirth in a way that is similar to Mary’s in Biblical times.