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Ashish Massey with children at Faith Children's Home.

In 2001, I was in a small town in Punjab preaching in an outcaste colony. Our small tent was pitched next to a garbage dump and an open sewer. Our meetings went way past midnight. When we started praying for the people, I was surprised to be surrounded by so many kids. A mother with a helpless look in her eyes wanted me to pray for her children. It was one of those moments I will never forget for the rest of my life. It was a moment when I experienced pain, someone else's pain, as if it were my own. My heart went out to them.

I saw these children suffering from malnutrition, hunger, and various diseases. They were poor, very poor. It was not just poverty; it was a system called Caste in India, which had robbed them of opportunities to succeed for centuries. This was reality of life for them.

I was very disturbed as I returned to my small motel room that night. I kept seeing their sad faces over and over again in my mind. How could I put a smile on their faces? What could I do to bring joy into their lives? How long will they continue to suffer?

I wanted to give new shoes and socks to them, a haircut, new clothes, healthy food, and medical care. They needed a school and a place to grow up. So I prayed and believed God for all of these dreams to come to pass. God heard my prayers.

Ashish Massey

Touched by an Untouchable

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India is home to over 160 million dalits. The literal meaning of the word is "crushed, oppressed, and broken." They are outcastes. Society considers them to be unclean. They have been robbed of their self-worth and human dignity. Their children banned from getting proper education. They are the poorest of the poor. Dalit children do not dream of a better life for themselves. They are unaware they have rights and opportunities beyond their village.