At 13 years old, she is bubbly and talkative – she loves dancing and singing too. In a crowd, she’s thrilled to be the center of attention, but also goes out of her way to be sure everyone is included andhaving a good time. Her smile lights up the room.
But she wasn’t always this way. When we first met Vaishnavi, she was weak, malnourished and frighteningly thin. Her family works hard to make ends meet, but despite their efforts still couldn’t provide all the food Vaishnavi needed to thrive.
Doctors warned that she needed more vegetables and protein in her diet – but her family was already doing everything they could to get by. There was no extra money for additional food. So Vaishnavi continued to live with the ache of hunger in her belly, the weak muscles, the dry skin, and the fragile immune system. She was constantly getting sick, and even when she wasn’t fighting a cold she was tired and listless all the time.
But then Vaishnavi joined the Life Center at the church near her home. Vaishnavi’s family is Hindu. Her dad didn’t even want her involved with this Chrsitian organization. But one very important aspect of Life Centers changed his mind. At the Life Center, his little girl would receive healthy, nutritious meals once a week. Sometimes, she would even have leftovers to bring home!
The meals Vaishnavi received at her weekly Life Center meetings helped with her nutrition. Every meal she received was part of getting her stronger and healthier.
But the transformation didn’t stop there. Because alongside these healthy meals, Vaishnavi was also learning all about Jesus.
One day, Vaishnavi’s mom got very sick. She was so ill, she could hardly move. Vaishnavi told her Life Center teachers about it, and they decided to visit her mom and pray with her. And through the power of prayer, she was healed. Seeing this miracle, both Vaishnavi AND her mother gave their lives to Jesus! Even her dad is slowly starting to believe.
One of Vaishnavi’s favorite Bible verses is John 6:35, where Jesus says “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” It’s a verse that hits close to home for her, because she’s experienced it first hand. It all started with just a simple meal that transformed Vaishnavi physically. But now her whole family is being transformed spiritually as well!
Childcare Worldwide is grateful to partner with generous people all over the world to help transform children’s lives. If you’re interested in feeding children like Vaishnavi, click here to provide Life Center meals.