Mukti is all about children.
“Then little children were brought to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked those who brought them. Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’ When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there.” Matthew 19:13-15
God’s passion is Mukti’s passion. Children are rescued from devastating poverty and oftentimes intense tragedy. Physical needs are met, a caring home provided and education given. Below are a few stories of lives that were changed or are in the process of being changed.
Tiny Child's Health Improves at Mukti
Mukti’s nursery babies capture hearts like no others. A tiny baby girl recently was carried to Mukti’s front gate. At four months she weighed only two kilograms. This child had a cleft palate and was fed through a tube in her nose. When she eats, her eyebrow raises and lowers as she swallows. Update: She has had several successful surgeries. She is growing in strength, speed and stamina! We praise God that she is walking by herself and gaining confidence daily. Pray with us that she will continue improving since she requires further surgeries.
Rescued After Being Orphaned by AIDS
Can you imagine what your life may have been like had both your father and mother died of AIDS when you were only 5? That’s exactly what happened to to this youing girl. As if that wasn’t horrible enough, her family lived in the slums of Mumbai in deplorable circumstances.
An aunt, who lived in the same slums, took her in but, cruelly, she died from the same dread disease when the young girl turned 11. A Christian doctor who visits AIDS patients in the Mumbai slums brought her to Mukti.
At admission time, her head was covered with open, oozing sores. The doctor had to shave her head to treat the parasites. But her emotional wounds were much deeper than the physical ones. Bonding with her houseparents and ‘sisters’ in Mukti’s Lotus Family, she now has begun to heal.
Now with Jesus: Karuna
Abandoned by her parents at age 11 on a dirty railroad platform, all alone and unable to communicate due to cerebral palsy and paralyzing fear, Karuna found a home of refuge at Mukti Mission. Staff members and residents embraced Karuna with caring. Nourishing food and physical therapy provided strength and allowed her to walk with a walker for some time, although a wheelchair was later required.
Karuna was a shining reflection of the Lord's love and joy.
How she responded to attention and loving-kindness! Her face often glowed with a radiant, contagious smile. With praise to God, she trusted in Jesus as her Savior. Wonderfully, she was able to forgive her parents and prayed that they—wherever they were—would hear of Jesus and trust in Him.
Later, cancer was found in Karuna’s twisted body. She died in Mukti Hospital on February 14, 2011, at the age of only 23. Although her brief earthly life entailed much suffering, God had His Hand on His child. Karuna has now entered into the very presence of her loving Savior. Her transformation is perfected and her healing complete for Eternity.
To Know Her is to Love Her
If you spend more than two days at Mukti, it would be hard to miss the diminutive octogenarian in her light colored sari and cloth shoulder bag as she glides across the campus. Her radiant smile embraces everyone who catches her eye, as she welcomes, “Hello! How are you today?”
She sincerely loves people. Possessing a buoyant sense of humor, her characteristic giggle lies just beneath the surface, waiting for any small opportunity to bubble out.
Being brought to Mukti at the tender age of six months, she grew up in Mukti, and has literally poured out her life serving in dozens of ways at and with the Mission.
Continually on the move