Late last year, I travelled to incredible India to film a documentary.
I had for some time wanted to showcase not only the beauty, but also the real needs that exist over there. Those needs are sometimes hard to comprehend to us who live in a country that is so well off. I well remember the culture shock when I first went over there some 20 years ago. I clearly remember my thoughts as I sat in the plane, anticipating my return to Australia. I felt so guilty and angry at the same time. You may be wondering why I felt that way?
The feelings of guilt came as I realized how incredibly well off we were as a family in comparison to what I saw and experienced in India. We were living in Hervey Bay at the time, had built a beautiful home where we lived with our four children. We had a nice car and I also had a Kawasaki GPZ1000 that I looked so awesome on! Hervey Bay is a beautiful city close to the beach, and is now a tourist destination with tasty food festivals, breathtaking whale watching and great fishing.
I was angry with myself (and others) because we often complain about how difficult life is sometimes. Yet we have all the conveniences at our doorstep! In comparison to other countries, we are so well off! I clearly saw for the first time, that we are the ‘haves’ and people in India are the ‘have nots’…and we can help to make a difference for them.
The first thing I did when I got home was to sell the bike. I gave the money to the various projects that you will see in this documentary. Since 1999 we have personally given thousands of dollars as well as raising hundreds of thousands of dollars by making people aware of not only the needs in India, but also what is being done to make a positive difference in people’s lives. And that is what this documentary is all about.
So in December 2018, we travelled throughout India from the bustling cities like Delhi and Mumbai, to the mighty Ganges river at Varanasi – where the Hindu holy men come to pay homage to their gods and drink the water (which would most likely literally kill us because of decomposing bodies that float there at times). From there we travelled to the quiet villages in Gujarat and Rajasthan, where people live either in straw huts with the walls and floor ‘cemented’ with a mixture of cow dung and mud, or little brick buildings. The countryside is littered with kilns that make those bricks. We travelled to the beautiful evergreen state of Kerala in the south of India – lush, green, warm and inviting. We spent an afternoon on a houseboat gliding through the breathtaking backwaters.
In the documentary you will see the people in need, but also what is being done to change their lives. The main person speaking is Rev. Dr. R. Abraham, a person I have known for close to 30 years. You will see and hear about orphans that are being rescued, schools that are being built and destitute women who are taught to sew, so they can make a living for themselves. You will see and hear about the thousands of churches throughout that nation.
To find out more about India and how you can personally make a difference there, please visit https://www.christforindia.in