Sunday, July 17, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Hope for India's Dalits

Hope for India's Dalits
Charlie Butts - OneNewsNow - 7/17/2011 3:35:00 AMBookmark and Share

K.P. YohannanGospel for Asia (GFA) founder K.P. Yohannan has written a
new book called No Longer a Slumdog. The title is a spin-off of the
2008 movie, Slumdog Millionaire, which is about children who are
kidnapped or taken off the streets of Mumbai, India, for human
trafficking. Some of their owners even blind or maim them so that they
can turn them into beggars and enslave them for life.

Yohannan tells OneNewsNow the Dalits of India are heavily affected by
this practice.

Book cover - No Longer a Slumdog - by K.P. Yohannan"We realize there
are 162 million child laborers and 15 million born to child laborers,
and they are the kind of slumdogs, the least and the lost and the
dying, and these are the children," he laments.

His book recounts the story of hundreds of children found and rescued
by Gospel for Asia. Yohannan uses No Longer a Slumdog to tell what God
is doing for and through the Dalits, who are known as the
"untouchables" in India's traditional caste system.

"In the New Testament, we find God is a God who is so concerned about
the suffering and the needy to the extent Jesus said, 'What you did
not do for the least of these' -- clothing and giving food and giving
shelter -- 'you did not do it for me,'" the GFA founder references
(Matthew 25:45). "So particularly, I think God's heart is very, very
concerned for the children who are helpless."

He concludes that the problem in nations like India is the absence of
the living God. However, he notes, many rural villagers are now
opening their hearts to God.

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