‘The woman’s face was marked by suffering and devoid of expression as we spoke about her life, then suddenly, at the mention of Jesus a radiant smile spread across her face; as if the mere thought of him would ignite her soul’, recounts Maria Lozano after her trip to North East India with Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)

During their visit, ACN’s representatives encountered witness upon witness testifying to the power of the Word of God.

This Dalit woman, considered an outcast and discriminated against as such and as a woman, told of how she was introduced to the teachings of the Bible and became so eager to learn more about it, that she decided to visit a local school with her infant child on her arm in order to learn how to read so that she could herself read the Bible.

‘Today even if they threaten to kill me, I will not allow the Bible to be removed from my house’,  concluded the woman who at times had been reduced to begging to feed her children.

When Dalits become Christians they add another plight to their already punishing lives, since as Christians they will face further exclusion and harassments. Still, it is estimated that roughly 60% of all Christians are Dalits who have had a true experience of the living God, a God of love and compassion who confirms their true nature as dignified human beings.

This article can be found in Mirror 0218.