Aditi is a sweet, cheerful girl. She dances to Hindi movie songs. She loves to tell jokes and laughs easily, and her heart is to serve the poor. Her dream is to be a doctor. As a believer in Jesus, she is poised to grow into a woman who brings God’s love to bear in her community.
But this gift of God was born into an unlikely place. The neglected child of an alcoholic father, Aditi began life in a slum. Her mother contracted HIV, and as a girl in a brothel community, she seemed destined for a life of slavery.
Until she was rescued and placed in a She Is Safe-sponsored safe home and given shelter and nurture to grow, she was already being abused. But this Christmas, she is blooming into a young woman uniquely equipped to Light the Dark with God’s love in her part of the world.
In the season leading up to Christmas, we remember that Jesus chose an unlikely place to enter our world. He was born away from centers of power. He was born out of the reach of luxury and comfort. He was born to outcasts, watched by dirty animals in a village called Bethlehem.
Aditi’s story draws us deeper into the heart of this Advent season. I invite you to join us in the unique joy of participating in Advent by bringing the light of Christ into the lives of those who will shine it into their communities.
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