It was January 2014. With nervous excitement Jen and I crouched in a small humid room, lollies and assorted gifts in our hands, ready to meet Vansh for the first time.
We were surrounded by a group of young mums and their children. Packed tightly into this room they were here to learn about nutrition. It was just one of the many programs available to them through the work of Worldvision in the North West Delhi ADP (Area Development Program).
Vansh was 3 years old at the time, sitting on his mother’s lap, he was no doubt wondering who these strangers were that brought gifts. His eyes were painted with mascara to frighten away evil spirits at night. It is a common sight in India. A life characterised by superstition and poverty is normal in his community.
For our modest sponsorship each month, life can be different for Vansh. Having met with him and his mum, walking through his community, and getting to know the Worldvision team who work in the ADP, we are more confident of this than ever. Vansh’s mother was learning how to make sure that he would get the diet he needed to thrive. Education will be available to Vansh. Many improvements will be made to the community he lives in that will benefit him, his family, neighbours and community at large.
One of the things I love about Mosaic is that Jen and I are not alone in this journey with kids like Vansh. Many children are sponsored in Delhi with both World Vision and Compassion. If you would like to join us in this, we have a number of profiles for children who need sponsors in the church foyer. Please have a look and consider making a difference with us in the lives of these kids and their communities.