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Monsoon Season


Monsoon season has begun in Chennai, India. Today was the first day in five that it didn’t rain.

Chennai has two monsoon seasons – one in the winter and one in the spring. This monsoon season is just getting started. In October, they get an average of 10 inches of rain, and in November, they get an average of 16 inches of rain each year.

So to stay dry, the girls of STEPS are gearing up for this rainy season.  (more…)

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Baby Girl Poisoned by Father in Bangalore, Dies


This is why STEPS Home in India exists. To save baby girls from things such as this….

From the Hindustan Times
Bangalore, August 21, 2012

A 22-day-old baby girl was killed by her father who did not want a girl child. He allegedly fed her donkey’s milk mixed with poison at his in-laws home in the city outskirts. The incident took place in Adi Hosahalli village, near Nelamangala in Bangalore rural district, which is 40 km away from in Bangalore.

The accused has been identified as Nandeesh Gowda, 23, a native of Shira Gate in Tumkur district. He works as a mechanic in Aditya Motors in Tumkur and he was married to Savitha Gowda last year October and the baby was born on July 28.

According to the police, the incident took place around 9.30 am on Sunday when he came alone to see his family with the milk and a traditional cup.

He convinced his wife that it was donkey’s milk, which is supposed to be good. Believing her husband, Savitha fed a little quantity of the milk to the baby.

Nandish, however, forced Savitha to drink the rest of the milk and when she refused to drink, he slapped her and fled the scene.  (more…)

Baby girl’s killing reveals India’s crisis of gender bias


I read this article this morning in The National. I’m not sure that it “reveals” the bias though because articles have been published on similar stories for some time now. However, the awareness of what is going on in India has been slow to get out to the rest of the world.

NEW DELHI // A three-month-old baby girl who police say was battered by her father because he wanted a son died yesterday, highlighting the plight of millions of India’s “unwanted girls”.

Neha Afreen died from cardiac arrest at a state-run hospital in Bangalore after battling for life for three days.  (more…)

STEPS Girls Singing in Church


This past weekend, the girls of STEPS sang in their church. The youngest are not singing, but you will see fifteen of them here in their matching dresses. Aren’t they just too precious?

And I love they song they sing about Jesus redeeming them, because He truly has redeemed these girls from a life of no hope. Because of STEPS they have hope of a better life. They are safe, secure, and loved. They are truly blessed little girls!

Psalm 8:2 – From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise!

Great job girls!

Enjoy!  (more…)

Day 14, India Summer 2012 – The Last Day & Mehndi


The following is excerpts from my journal from my most recent trip to see the girls of STEPS Home in India. 

August 5 –

Sunday, our last day. How time flew by! We went to church and I wore my new sari from Faith. Church was two hours long today, per the norm. When the started serving communion at the end, we had to sneak out since Isaac had to at a memorial service.

On the way home, we drove through a cemetery because Tarun wanted to see the grave marker for their cousin (the one we were going to the one-year memorial service for). Cemeteries are an odd thing to see in India, since Hindus burn the deceased on a funeral pyre. We saw where Isaac’s cousin was buried, not far from where his parents were buried.

We stopped by the house to pick up everyone else, then headed to the memorial service. I thought the concept was a really neat one. A year after a loved one has passed away, a service is held where the family members come together to honor their loved one. After sharing some memories and a short message from the Bible, the family gathered for a meal.   (more…)

Day 5, India Summer 2012 – Photo Shoot


The following is excerpts from my journal from my most recent trip to see the girls of STEPS Home in India. 

July 27 –

While the other team plus Mike traveled to Changlepettu to visit the leper colony, Theresa and I stayed back. We went to the office first to a few things for Isaac. At lunch we headed back to the house. We organized what we needed for the afternoon photo shoot with the girls – we laid out all of the new dresses and hair bows. Since the girls we napping, we also spent some time decorating the new backpacks we brought the girls.

Once they woke up, Vanija sent them upstairs to us two at a time. We let them pick out a new dress, put a new bow or flower in their hair, and then took their pictures. The girls were so cute; they loved picking out their new dress. Plus, we have many more dresses, so Vanija can pass out the rest as needed.

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August 2012 Ministry Update


Happy August!

I hope it’s cooling off by you – I know I’m enjoying the cooler (upper) 80s that I have come home to after being in the tropical heat of India!

My time in India was just as wonderful as I could have hoped. I couldn’t get enough hugs from those dear little girls. Read my summary of the trip in the picture below. If you would like to read my day-to-day adventures click on my India page, and go to my facebook to see the pictures, or click here:  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151102265894031.467459.503809030&type=3&l=b60cc4c038.  Please let me know if you have any trouble opening any of these items.  (more…)

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