India: Defending Gracy

Story from International Christian Concern’s blog, “Crossing the Bridge”:

At the end of 2010, we asked our donors to help us build a home for children whose parents were murdered in the 2008 attack against Christians in Orissa, India. The deadly riots that claimed the lives of more than 100 Christians and forced more than 50,000 to flee their homes has many Christians in Orissa still reeling.

This year, thanks to your gifts, we launched an orphanage to take in at-risk children who lost one or both of their parents in this tragedy. One of the children we took in was Gracy (left) – a young girl whose father was captured and brutally beaten by a mob of Hindu radicals during the 2008 riots. Though he initially survived the attack, he succumbed to his injuries and died weeks later in a relief camp. After her father’s death, her mother left Gracy and her siblings with relatives and never returned.

Gracy and the other children in our orphanage are being cared for by two Christian families who not only take care of their basic needs, but love and nurture them and teach them about the love of Christ.

The picture above was taken when Gracy first entered our orphanage, and the picture at right was taken just recently. You can see a remarkable difference in Gracy’s countenance!

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Source:  Crossing the Bridge (ICC)

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