And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.’
All of us responded to this call and went for a visit to an orphanage, Bala Yesu Bhavan on November 4th 2014. Spending a day with those little beautiful children was such an amazing privilege that we all received.
We prayed together, spent time playing games such as passing the ball and bombing the city, dancing to action songs and conducted activities to bring their talents to light. The best part of our experience was when we spoke to them personally and when they shared their thoughts and ideas. I personally felt joy in my heart when I saw their smiling faces even when the whole world considers them to be unprivileged. Their beautiful smiles had the power of converting all sorrows into joy, all tensions into peace and all defeat into victory.
Initially we went there to meet them and spread the love and a part of the privilege we have. I felt that I am going to do a noble deed when I visit them and give them what I have. But when I was about to return from that place, I realized that I wasn’t the privileged one and who was going to gift them something, but they who gifted me so greatly. This time when I visited the place I did not feel the joy of giving but the ‘joy of receiving’. When I saw them I realized that I was so much poor in front of them. I realized that I was empty handed and sought their help and inspiration. I learnt from them to stay joyful with whatever I have, to live with everyone in harmony and peace and also to love without conditions. The experience that I had with them is not just expressible.
Sharon Vas, Student representative, ACC.