Friday, August 1
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Sharmila (Shar-me-lah) is a Dalit Christian and computer-science student in her final year at CSI Ewart Women’s Christian College, Church of South India. A member of a people denied education for 2,000 years, she reflects on her educational aspirations.
"I want to teach a class while my father watches me. ‘Study well; you can become a teacher,’ he told me when I was young. This is my desire, since no one in my family ever studied before. So many people who want to study don’t have the money. I can’t help everyone, but I can help one child, right from the start, all the way through college. I want to support one child’s education while I am teaching.
“I was very shy when I came to college, but now my shyness is evaporating. I really like to play the keyboard and sing. Our music teacher encourages me, and then I feel very happy. I never had the chance to learn at home, but our scholarship program includes music. Now I’m the song leader in church. Surprised? I am! Church choir gives me strength. I thank God for my college and for the chance to learn music as part of the leadership-skills program. Next, I need to complete my teacher training. I plan to share God’s love by giving opportunities to my future students.”
Becoming a teacher is still a miracle in many parts of India.
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) People in Mission
Please pray for people in mission in India.
Presbyterian Church of India: Rev. Laldawngliana, administrative secretary • Church of North India: Most Rev. Dr. P. P. Marandih, moderator, Mr. Alwan Masih, general secretary • Church of South India: Most Rev. G. Devakadasham, moderator, M. M. Philip, general secretary • Baring Union Christian College: Dr. Edward Masih, principal • Christian Medical College and Hospital, Vellore: Dr. Sunil Chandy, hospital director, Dr. Alfred Job Daniel, principal of Medical College • Kodaikanal International School • Sam Higginbottom Institute of Agriculture, Technology & Sciences: Dr. Mani Jacob, chancellor • Sangli Industrial School: Mr. Sandip W. Raut, principal • United Theological College, Bangalore: Rev. Dr. John Samuel Raj, principal • Wanless Hospital, Miraj Medical Centre: Dr. Nathaniel Sase, director • Woodstock School: Dr. Jonathan Long, principal
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
John Matekovic, BOP
Valerio Mateo, PMA
Let us pray
Beloved God, we want to love you with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Help us to read your Word and understand the truth that will set us free. Teach us, dear Jesus, so that we too can teach like you. Amen.