Faith In Deeds’ Humble Beginnings
In 1981, in a small village in South India, little Ravi was born.
His parents were poor and illiterate. The family struggled daily to survive. At the age of six, Ravi was already working as a shepherd boy. His mother made a difficult decision. She would give up Ravi and his younger brother to an orphanage where they would have an opportunity for a better life. Over the next five years, Ravi and his brother moved to five different orphanages. A couple of the orphanages were ok. Three were quite bad. It was like living in a warehouse for children. They were given the minimum to live. The children often went hungry. There was no nurturing care of the staff.
Thomas was finally ready to fully surrender his life to Jesus. A few months later, God directed Thomas back to India. Upon his arrival, he was reunited with his birth family. What an incredible experience! He also was reminded of the poverty and hopelessness from which he came. Everywhere he looked he only saw desperation and need. Deeply troubled, Thomas opened his Bible seeking answers.
He turned to the epistle of James, beginning with trials, orphans, and widows. When he got to James 2:14-17 he became profoundly convicted that faith without deeds is dead. Thomas closed the Bible, but the words continued to ring in His ears. He tried to argue that God had the wrong guy, that he was too young and ill-prepared, but God prodded him that the children of India are hungry now. Do something!
Each of our children has a story to tell. Watch the video “Faith In Deeds Children “My Story”. See their heartache, but also see that God’s grace is greater. A special Thanks to Dan Haskins for this video editing work.