Let the Dreamers Dream…

29 Jul

She’s 19 and she has big dreams, dreams too big for a woman they tell her. “It will never happen. Just marry and be satisfied with the life your parents arrange for you. Maybe you’ll even get to marry a doctor.” they say. “Women were made to serve in the home, to please their husbands, to raise their children well. The sooner you accept this, the sooner you will be happy.” She smiles half-heartedly and bobs her head. With each line they chip away at her hope, they strip her slowly of her ambition. So she studies harder, diving head first into her school books to drown out the noise of their cynicism. And she prays harder, meeting at 3:30 every morning with over 50 other women in a room the size of most people’s closet to intercede for her town. Though there’s no air conditioning, no chairs, and food and money is scarce, there’s no shortage of the Holy Spirit in their midst. The prayers of these saints are powerful. They have scraped together enough rupees to build a new church building for the local congregation, healed barren women, and saved their village from the devastation of alcoholism. These women are powerful because their God is powerful. So who says she can’t be an engineer and move to London? Who says she has no hope of bucking culture and arranging her own marriage? Who says she has no chance of marrying a good Christian man and starting a legacy of spirit-filled followers of Christ? When I heard their cutting remarks, my fists clenched tightly. I wanted to go to battle, but I followed her lead and listened patiently. Her name is Sunmathi. “It means ‘sunflower’.” she tells me. And I think it’s no coincidence. Sunflowers can grow even in the harshest of conditions to be some of the tallest, brightest, strongest beacons of beauty in the world. I believe she’ll live up to her namesake. I believe in her. And I pray to God she makes it to London. “Keep on dreaming, girl.” I tell her, “God smiles on dreamers.”

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4 Responses to “Let the Dreamers Dream…”

  1. La Vonne Earl July 29, 2010 at 4:59 am #

    You are just like Sunmathi, you have always been my sunflower. You even grew a very big sunflower!! Keep dreaming yourself Erika!

  2. PeACEMAKER July 30, 2010 at 4:31 am #

    Sanmathi is San (good), Mathi (Mati actually – Intellect). One with good intellect i.e that intellect which can decide what is good and what is bad.

  3. Su & Rob August 1, 2010 at 12:52 pm #

    Erika,

    Thank you for so beautifully telling the stories of those who have touched. Our God is a big, loving God. There is no telling what is in store for those who are willing to follow Him. I, too, pray that God will use Sunmathi to raise up a new generation of Spirit-inspired women who will be a part of transforming their communities and leaving a new legacy.

    ~Su

    • erikaearl August 2, 2010 at 11:08 pm #

      Su,
      Thanks so much for your comment! Keep praying. We are seeing the fruit of your prayers here in India! I pray that the Lord would bless you for your faithfulness.

      In Him,
      Erika

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