A group of women on a missions trip followed the pastor of a small Indian church into the slums of New Delhi. They stopped at the home of a struggling family whose only son had recently died. Their hearts went out to the family, especially when they saw another child – a young girl with a crippled arm.
But life in the slums proved too difficult for the young family. After a while there simply wasn’t enough food, so the parents sold their now healthy daughter for money to feed the rest of the family. When the pastor heard about it, he and his wife bought the child back from her new owners at a great personal price, freeing her from a life of slavery in the brothels.
Two years later, several of the women returned to India on another missions trip and they learned the story of the girl they prayed for. The child’s story inspired the women to spearhead the building of Redemption Home in the same New Delhi slums where they first met the little girl. Just as Christ redeemed us – bought us back, giving us freedom from sin – they wanted to provide an alternative for parents who were considering selling their daughters to the brothels.
Thank you Lord for buying me back from the punishment of sin with you own blood. Help me to use all that you’ve given me to bring this same message of redemption to others. Amen.