by Rev. Dr. Pat Donahoo, executive director
Disciples Women returned from their 2017 Woman-to-Woman Worldwide journey to India a few weeks ago. This delegation had the opportunity to visit Global Ministries partners in Durgapur, Malda, Kolkata, and Delhi. As an additional blessing, the group accompanied the Global Ministries intern who remained in Durgapur to work with the girls at the school who have been rescued from trafficking or who are part of the ministry that protects them from being trafficked.
As was the case in all of India, our visit to Malda began with a lavish welcome. Several churches gathered and our van was welcomed with women dressed in bright and beautiful colors with flower headdresses who danced us in a procession through those gathered where we were presented with marigold necklaces, and flower petals were gently thrown on our heads as we entered. We were escorted to chairs where the children blessed each of us and washed our feet giving us the opportunity to also return their generosity by blessing the head of each child. After receiving refreshments we were escorted to the stage for an additional welcome from the churches. We had the opportunity to speak with the churches, to receive the gift of dance performances, and also to be included in the dances with the women who taught us some of their dance steps.
While we were there we had the opportunity to visit the safe house, meet the children and staff, and learn more about the ministry done there with our Global Ministries partners.
There are many stories to be told and a lot of information to share. If you are interested in a visit from one of the members of the delegation you can find the list on our website. They are looking forward to sharing their stories and experience with you. You will also hear about the project they have chosen to support for the coming year. Each issue of Just Women in 2018 will have stories from this journey as well.
We also have a short term project we would like to fund for a group of women in Delhi who want to start a training program for 7-10 women to learn how to sew garments to provide them with income and stability. The project would provide income for 3 months of training and 3 months to begin their business with a plan that will make them self-sustaining after that 6 months. You can find more information on the W2WW journey and the projects to support our global partners at www.discipleswomen.org.