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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Caring for young women who have survived the sex trafficking industry is sometimes more screams and wailing than joy and gratitude. Experience at one aftercare home has taught Hiroko how facing the deep brokenness in our own hearts can be transformed into a deeper understanding of God.

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In an area of South Asia where opportunities for education are both scarce and expensive, the Allied Model School is a place where students and teachers can grow as individuals and give back to their communities. 

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LENT SERIES | STORIES FROM CHETNA

One day, Prabhouti, Pavitr, and their neighbor Sambha were invited to join ten other women from their village in forming a women’s “self-help and savings group. The village had never heard of such a thing and some neighbors warned them against joining. “They’ll just take your money and run,” someone cautioned. “What can a woman do?” others chanted the traditional refrain.

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LENT SERIES | STORIES FROM CHETNA

Bhai took his daughter-in-law and son on the back of his motorbike to the hospital for her checkup. As they returned, there was an accident. Bhai’s daughter-in-law was thrown from the bike -- she was crushed under a truck and died instantly.

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LENT SERIES | STORIES FROM CHETNA

SIM Stories invites you to journey with us through our Lent Series, featuring stories from Chetna, a community health and development ministry. We hope these stories of advocacy, empowerment, community ties and justice are a reminder of what it means to serve, come alongside, and sacrifice for the sake of others. 

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For young men in Bangladesh who don't have the means or luxury of completing a formal education, jobs are hard to come by. But for those don't have vocational skills, there isn't much use to even apply for jobs. The Salam Training Center though offers students a place for vocational training as well as spiritual development.

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AuthorDenise Poon
CategoriesAsia, Main Page

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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AuthorSarah K.

She knew even before the tube light flickered to life. She knew by the way her footsteps echoed hollowly...all of her things were gone. Jyoti's life with HIV has been full of pain. But she has not been totally alone. 

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We're used to thinking about the top religion in various countries around the world but what about the religion in second place? This map shows the nations of the world by religion that, perhaps, has the second greatest impact in each place.

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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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"Don’t ask him to help," said Joseph's childhood friends when a visiting missionary selected him to be trained as a teacher.  "He hasn’t even been to school!’  But the missionary just smiled and said to them, "God has called him, and God will use him."

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This visual representation of world population density helps explain why the mission of bringing Good News to the world is increasingly focussed on Asia. 

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