Many transgenders in India’s hijra community feel “sick, poor, ugly” but Shalom staff members like Malti di are working hard to introduce them to the Great Physician who brings wholeness and beauty.

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Following the script her culture laid out for her, Prabhouti might have been married at twelve or thirteen and missed out on most of her education and the opportunities it would bring. Thanks to Chetna, her wedding day was a much happier - and later - affair. 

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LENT SERIES | STORIES FROM CHETNA

Abha and her family were terrified. “We’re poor people. What do we know to keep two babies alive?” her mother-in-law lamented. At night, lying on her bamboo mat on their hard dirt floor, Abha wondered how one could even hold two babies at the same time. They had never known anyone who’d kept twins alive through the extra care and economic investment they required.

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LENT SERIES | STORIES FROM CHETNA

What Saroj’s new wife’s family didn’t tell him was that she had a boyfriend in another village of whom they disapproved. They were hoping to get her married off to prevent her from running off with the other boy and so forced her to marry Saroj. It didn’t work. Fifteen days after they’d married, she ran off with her boyfriend anyway.

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LENT SERIES | STORIES FROM CHETNA

“Until you welcome another person’s child into your home,” she says,“until you love another person’s child, until you care for another person’s child - until then your home is not a place of God."

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LENT SERIES | STORIES FROM CHETNA

“I was married,” says Ramseki, “when I was still drinking milk. But you don’t move to the husband’s house until you grow up.” By “grow up,” Ramseki means about twelve years old.

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Rescuing slaves from bondage and setting them on the path to a new life is not all glamour and kicking down doors. Mostly it's talking on the phone and filling out paperwork. Get an office-eye view of the rescue of 200 bond-slaves in India. 

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In the 1970s Johanan used to love watching people in remote Indian villages react to the story of Jesus -projected onto the side of a building in a vivid Indian style they could recognise. So he set out on a quest to find the films that had brought him and so many others face to face with an Indian Jesus. 

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After experiencing sexual abuse, Shilpa was too afraid of failure to try making a "good" life for herself. But the women at the aftercare home, Redlight Greenlight, showed her it was possible to be someone she was proud of. Read her simple but moving letter of thanks. 

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For women who have been trafficked and abused, who are overcoming addiction, or struggling under the weight of poverty – or all of the above, there is place for rest, healing, and care. Beauty for Ashes is a home in India for women to reimagine and rebuild their lives with dignity and love. It is a place they call home.

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“No one wanted to be my friend,” Dr. Vandana recalls about her childhood. When her parents announced to relatives or neighbors their plans to make her a doctor, Vandana would look for a place to hide. It’s hard to find a trace of that girl now as Vandana bustles down the outdoor corridors of her hospital in one of India's poorest states, her arms full of papers. It looks like she’s not quite making contact with the ground.

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