We can sometimes discount the power of a little act of kindness by a single person, however a little kindness can sometimes have an unexpected multiplied impact!

Divakar is one of our field partners in India. When he was young, his grandmother and some friends knew a widow who was in a difficult situation and wanted to help her. In India, the average household cooks rice twice a day, every day for their families. They decided that each time they cooked rice, they would grab an additional handful of uncooked rice and put it aside. At the end of each week they would pool what they had collected and give it to this widow. Divakar’s mother carried on this tradition and implemented it in the church that she and Divakar’s father led in a village near the city of Kakinada. This way, the church was able to help provide for the widows within the congregation and surrounding community.

This practice then spread to other churches in the province and wider again to churches across the state of Andhra Pradesh. Today, Divakar’s ministry has planted almost 160 churches across five states and this practice of supporting widows through a handful of rice is practiced in every one of these churches. An average church family is able to set aside about ~5kg each month, so three families collectively are able to set aside 15kg of rice. Given to a widow, 10kg of it can be used for food and 5kg can be used for barter to get other goods. Such a simple yet tangible way to help those in need. A little kindness showed by a small group of women three generations ago, has today spread across dozens of communities in 5 states. We can never discount what God can do with through the little acts of kindness that we can show to others. Together, we can accomplish much, as each one of us does our part.

Posted in June 2019

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