Saturday, 21 March 2015

Making A Difference in Vellore

One of the things that really impressed me was the way in which the Diocese tries to offer the love of Christ in very practical ways, because that surely is what we can do, what we are called to do.  So, for example, in a culture which still tends to undervalue girls there is an emphasis in their schools on good education for girls.  In an area where agricultural and environmental matters are particularly significant, the Diocese has an agricultural institute whose director, Alfie, is trying to address such matters in innovative ways.  There was (as mentioned in yesterday's blog) our visit to Anbu Illam, a school for children with cerebral palsy.  The poor equipment and facilities was, in a sense, heart-breaking, like the gym with elder and run-down equipment, but the commitment of the staff and the engagement of the children was a real encouragement as to what is possible.  The message of those experiences is the message of the power of love.  May the love of Christ surround us, enable us, inspire us and engage us!  The question is: what should we be doing in Christ's Name to make a needed difference in our community?

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