Why Siblings Are Worth Celebrating

April 10 is National Siblings Day.

Did you realize that Wednesday, April 10, was “National Siblings Day?” Chances are you haven’t heard much about the occasion because it is not widely recognized, although it should be! When it comes to the topic of raising multiple children, the media is quick to focus on the cost of parenting in the modern age and the challenges of sibling rivalry. But brothers and sisters give us so much to celebrate. Siblings make life meaningful and fun, help create countless memorable moments among families … [Read more...]

More Than Statistics: Our Encounter with Human Trafficking in India

Women of all ages in India’s rural areas are often targets of human traffickers and trapped in different types of forced labor.  Veena and Ruth Malhotra interacted with several women in eastern India who shared excruciating stories of harassment, abuse, and exploitation. (February 2013)

"Indifference is not an option." "God wants to use rescued people to rescue people." "Bring this darkness into the light." "Raise your voice for freedom." These are all phrases we heard along with more than 45,000 college students who packed the Georgia Dome for the Passion 2012 Conference in Atlanta last year, as prominent Christian leaders used their platform to highlight the horrors of modern-day slavery. It was here that we first developed a distinct awareness of the 27 million people in … [Read more...]

Hosanna in Hindustan: A Palm Sunday Reflection

Indian believers gather at a church in rural East India to worship on Palm Sunday. (Photo by Biswaranjan Rout)

It was a warm Spring weekend in March 2010, and I was in the middle of an adventurous trip to rural east India.  I decided to visit a local church in Ranchi, Jharkhand that Sunday, but was told that there probably wouldn’t be many people gathering in the morning and it might not be safe to venture out alone.  There had been some recent persecution of Christians in that region, and many Ranchi residents were skeptical of whether the church congregation would turn out in large numbers.  … [Read more...]


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