Posted by: janpierce | January 12, 2011

Village Life

During our stay in Bangalore we had a maid named Tungama. Tungama arrived each morning to cook our breakfast and to clean our floors and bathrooms. Sometimes she did laundry and cooked meals to be eaten later in the day. She does all these tasks six or seven days a week and then returns to her home across the main road where she has no running water, bathroom or electricity. She calls her employers and visitors Ma’am and Sir and I often wonder what goes on in her head when she thinks of western folks. Tungama is from a nearby village. I know this because one day she asked to leave early to return to the village for a funeral. It is something of a joke among those employing workers that they had another grandparent die–a way of saying that a funeral is one reason for missing work that no employer wants to question.
When we were in Allahabad we were able to visit two villages. I posted several pictures earlier, but posted a video on Facebook a few minutes ago. More than 70% of Indian people still live in villages. They labor at whatever is available: field work, brick-making, goat or sheep herding. And they live in simple homes with few amenities. The pace of life there is slow and relaxed as opposed to the hustle and bustle of the cities. But the education levels are very low, the health care virtually non-existent. So those who want better lives for their children move to the cities to find work.
In oithis village there is a young man who gave a testimony of how his  life changed after hearing about Jesus. He was healed of mouth cancer and had been abusive to his mother. He learned a better way to live. In this village we shared a book about Psalm 23 and how Jesus takes care of his “sheep” the same way shepherds care for their flocks. There is no school in this village, but the people are eager to hear more about God.

Check out the video on Facebook.

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