We carry the kingdom
AS ASHA KA DWAR prepares to return to North India mid-2014, we are thinking strategically and asking God for wisdom about our approach for re-entering to establish a birthing centre and midwifery training programme. We find joy in the anticipation of what is to come!
In 2012, India was named the worst G20 country to be a woman, largely due to sex selection, infanticide and trafficking. It is easy to become discouraged when looking at the news and the statistics. It is devastating; however as followers of Jesus, we carry within us the kingdom of God (Isaiah 61) and where we go, His love pushes back the darkness.
Theologian Stanley Hauerwas has correctly observed: “The church doesn’t have a social strategy; the church is a social strategy.”
In Beauty Will Save the World, Brian Zahnd writes: “Instead of trying to force change upon the wider society through means of legislation, we are to exemplify the beautiful alternative of the kingdom of God by actually living it!”
Jes was working in 40 villages in rural Bihar, N. India.
Bihar is within the region of the world with the highest number of maternal deaths. Long term goal of opening a sustainable birth center to help provide holistic care and to function as a training platform for raising up a new generation of midwives who will be able to offer the gift of life in their communities.