Jhansi's Forever Friend©
Written by De Dorman
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It isn't always easy when you have an uphill climb to make, especially when you have to do it with a lot of weight on your back, but this describes the way of life for a little 9 year old girl, Jhansi, who lives in India. The only source of water was from a well located at the top of a hill just outside their small village in India. Jhansi didn't mind getting the water each morning, but there was no one to stay with her little brother when she went, since her mother's recent death, and she couldn't leave him alone, he was only 2 years old.
"Come, Shawn Peter." she said one morning. "I will take you with me to get the water this morning." She knew that it wouldn't be easy carrying the plastic containers and her little brother all the way up the hill and back, but Jhansi was learning to be a loving and patient sister. She thought that walking slowly alongside Shawn Peter would be quicker than carrying him on her back, so after tying a rope loosely around his waist so he wouldn't wander off, she held the rope tightly with one hand and grabbed the plastic containers with the other and they were on their way. The tiny little steps that her brother took made the journey to the well so terribly slow but Jhansi, along with her tribe of people, the Dalit's, was used to hardships. In India, when one are born, he is "caste" or told what he are, depending on what family, or tribe of people he was born into. When one is born a Dalit, like Shawn Peter and Jhansi, he is told that he is of less value than a dog and nothing good can ever come out of his life. The Dalit's are known as "the untouchables". This humiliation leaves them and many born into similar castes, with a feeling of hopelessness. In God's eyes this is not true at all. There is no person, who has God as their Father, who is hopeless. Psalm 38:15 "For in Thee, O LORD, do I hope: Thou wilt hear, O Lord my God."
When little Shawn Peter stumbled from being so weary, Jhansi put him on her back and instructed him to hold on to her neck. Since she did not have God as her Father, Jhansi felt hopeless. Her parents were both dead and Shawn Peter needed so much care. She was such a young girl to be having such grown up responsibilities. The weight of her brother caused her tired body to collapse. "It is time to take a rest." she decided, so they found a tree and took shelter from the hot sun. As they rested, she watched as others quickly went up and down the hill, it seemed, without a care in the world. They had no little brother to tend to, and because of this, they were much quicker that Jhansi at getting their water. "It doesn't seem equal that some have such a heavy weight to carry up the hill while others have none." Jhansi reasoned. " If only someone who has no heavy weight would stop and help me, I would be blessed." She continued to watch as several people used wheel barrows to put their containers of water in and that made the journey for them seem fun. "I would be blessed if, one day, I could get a cart with wheels. Shawn Peter could ride with me to the well. He would like that." Jhansi thought to herself.
Jhansi recalled the times when some people from her village tried to talk her into living at a nearby orphanage with her brother. "At least there," they said, "you could eat one meal a day and have shelter." Jhansi knew that some of the places that cared for orphaned children were not good places to live, especially if you were a Dalit and because Jhansi loved Shawn Peter very much, she was determined that she would care for him. She sure could use some help, though, but she just didn't know who to turn to.
Before they started back up the hill, Jhansi remembered what she heard someone tell her mother before she died, "Jesus loves and cares for all people, even the Dalit's. He wants to help you and be your forever Friend; One who will be with you even after death." Those word stayed in Jhansi's heart. They were now ready to finish their walk to the well and as she helped her little brother on her back Jhansi thought to herself, "I would like a Friend like that."
When they got close to the well, Jhansi began to worry. She saw an unfamiliar face. "Maybe he will treat us unkindly because we are Dalit" Jhansi thought. "We will wait until he leaves before we get our water." she told her tired brother. But before they could find a resting place, the man came over to them. He was dressed in Indian clothing, and his skin was brown but he was not like some of the people from her village. He had kind eyes and soft words. Jhansi was afraid to look up and speak to the man, so she remained quiet, with her head down. Shawn Peter was so thirsty and tired that he began to do the only thing he knew how to do to ask for help, he began to cry. The man with the kind eyes stepped closer and asked if he could give the little boy some water. Such kindness toward Dalits was unusual, but Jhansi quickly nodded "yes". The man lifted Shawn Peter off her back and gave them both some cool well water to drink.
"Such a man would not harm us." Jhansi thought before speaking. "You are new to this village." she commented bravely.
"Yes, my name is Vijay and I am new to this village but have been in other villages nearby." he replied as he gave them more water. He had been told that there were a lot of orphaned children in the villages and thought, perhaps, that he was talking with two of them.
"Why have you come to our village?" wondered Jhansi.
"I have come, along with others, to tell your people about Jesus Christ. We are showing a film that tells of His great love tonight, just as it gets dark. Would you and your brother like to come and watch it?" Vijay replied. "We will be meeting at the community center."
"Oh, I have heard that this man Jesus Christ is a kind man." Jhansi said with happiness in her voice. "I have heard that He would even be a Friend to a Dalit. Is this true?"
"It is the truth." he replied with a smile and happy eyes. "Come and see the film tonight and it will help you understand."
"I would like to understand. We will be there." decided Jhansi.
Vijay helped Jhansi fill her plastic containers with the cool water and carried them to her little shack. Before leaving, he said, "I will look for you and Shawn Peter tonight."
"This man's help has made my heart glad." Jhansi told Shawn Peter. "We must eat our rice and rest awhile. Tonight we will go to the center and see the film." While her brother slept, Jhansi's heart was stirring too much with excitement to rest. It wasn't often that a film was shown in her village and she knew that there would be many people coming to see it. "We must arrive early enough to get a close seat." she concluded as she tried to rest on her mat.
They arrived before the sun went down and found a small space on the floor in the front where they could have a clear view of the film. As soon as it was dark enough, a hush filled the area as the kind man came forward and started the film. Jhansi was so happy to hear that the film was in her language.
As everyone watched, the audience saw mankind as God saw them.. sinful, in need of a Savior. The film showed Jesus coming to earth as a baby, growing up and doing many miracles to help the people. "This is a good man." decided Jhansi.
She continued watching as Jesus carried His cross to the high hill, Golgatha. The weight was so heavy that He stumbled. She remembered her trip to the well earlier in the day. When Jhansi saw that the soldiers called for someone to help Him, she thought to herself, "That cross must have been very heavy. It is good that someone helped Jesus carry His cross." Jhansi looked at her little brother and he was asleep by her side.
It was difficult for most of the people to watch when Jesus was nailed to the rugged cross and more turned away when the soldiers erected the cross and dropped it into place with His body nailed to the beams. Sadness filled the air when the audience heard Him cry out to His Father and then, when He gave up His life and was buried in a borrowed tomb, their hearts hurt for Him. At the first sight of His resurrection, some applauded while others smiled. Watching as
He ascended back into Heaven to be with His Father, they heard a promise from His word, "If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again." John 14:3
All too soon the film had ended. Vijay stepped forward to let the people know that Jesus went through all this pain and shame so that one day they could be in Heaven with Him. Vijay made it clear that this was a choice that they would have to make for themselves, but assured them that Jesus died for the sins of the whole world. He loves all nations and tongues and tribes. "That includes the Dalit's." Jhansi whispered to herself. Vijay continued by saying that Jesus would help them in this life, too. This news brought hope to many hearts.
The invitation was given. Anyone who wanted this free gift of salvation could quietly ask Jesus for it, right where they were sitting. Many saw their sinfulness and repented, asking Jesus to forgive their sins and come into their hearts and lives. Jhansi was one of them who prayed. After praying, she had such a burden lifted from her shoulders. "It is like Vijay carrying the water for me today. The heavy weight is gone from my heart." Before leaving, each person who wanted it, could take a small book of scriptures. The kind man assured them that this would help them get to know their newfound Friend better. Jhansi couldn't read very well yet, but she took a copy and eventually, she was able to read it. Jhansi is a growing Christian and her Forever Friend, Jesus, is helping her teach her beloved brother, Shawn Peter, about The One Who wants to be his Forever Friend, too and because of His great love for her, Jhansi's Forever Friend has led some Christians in the village to help care for her and her brother, making things a little more equal.
Invitation to salvation:
Salvation is free to all. Ephesians 2:8 and 9 "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast."
Romans 3:23 "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God."
Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life."
Romans 10:9,10, 12, 13 "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. vs.10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. vs.12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. vs.13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."
Invitation to help:
There are many countries throughout the world where people have little hope for their futures. Won't you lift up your eyes and see the need? When we help suffering Christians , it is as though we are helping Jesus. Ask The Lord to show you how to help. We can't do everything, but we can do something.
1John 3:17 "But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?"
Luke 12:48 "For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required:"
Luke 23:26 "And as they led him away, they laid hold upon one Simon, a Cyrenian, coming out of the country, and on him they laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus."
Matthew 25:40 "And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto Me."