When I put my kids to bed at night, I don’t think about their warm beds, blankets, pajamas or their bellies full of good food. I don’t think about how incredibly blessed my family is as I am tucking them in and saying our “good nights.” It is no secret that my kids have access to a vast variety of books and educational opportunities in our homeschool. While I know my family is abundantly blessed, I always give so many thanks to God for the blessings He has provided. My husband, on the other hand, understands and appreciates these blessings more than many of us could ever fathom, because of his deployments and assignments to areas around the world where clean water is scarce. The point is that I don’t overly think about it. Then comes along the book No Longer A Slumdog by K.P. Yohannan (forward written by Francis Chan).
In No Longer a Slumdog, you will be sucked out of your reality world and places in India where you can read about an abandoned girl who found hope at the end of the railroad tracks, a young boy who escaped after years of forced servitude, and many others whose lives have been redeemed. You’ll be captivated by this powerful move of God as K.P. Yohannan leads you on a journey through the slums and villages of South Asia into the hearts and lives of these precious children.
When reading No Longer a Slumdog, you will learn of the extreme poverty in rural areas such as Bombay, Delhi and Calcutta. My heart shattered into tiny pieces while reading this book. I look at my own children who have so much. Can you imagine yourself in a position that you are literally forced to abandon your children? Parents in India are forced into this exact position. My heart weeps! Calcutta is home to thousands of street children that have been abandoned by their parents. Children are sold, raped and auctioned into prostitution!
Gospel for Asia is an organization that I have supported for many years. This organization is embedded in Asia offering assistance and trying to meet the needs of these children through their Bridge of Hope Centers. At the Bridge of Hope Centers children can receive an education, meals, clothing, basic needs, and of course hearing the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
I cried while reading the book and you can find traces of my tears throughout the pages. My heart hurt for those children! I also cried reading of the wonderful ministry that is Gospel for Asia and reading about the work they are doing. Truly the hands and feet of Jesus!
Scattered throughout No Longer a Slumdog are quotes from famous missionaries and apologists. Although this book was emotionally difficult for me to read, I strongly urge all to read it. It was honestly a “slap you in your face” wake up call for me. It’s never a bad thing when we Christians need to be emotionally jolted and remember just how incredibly blessed we are. Sometimes a quote, or a book, or a poster, or anything else we see or read is the nudge we need to go out into ALL the nations and spread the Gospel, be the hands and feet of Jesus, and help those who have less than we do. Sometimes we need to get out of our comfort zone even when picking what we read.
I am so glad that I read this book. It was definitely eye-opening to say the least. The kids and I have prayed about this and we are researching how to adopt a child through Gospel for Asia.
I hope you will get a copy of No Longer a Slumdog and read it. I give it a 5/5!
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