The Father’s Love for Us

The majority of women that come to The Skipping Stone have never known what it is to experience the love of a father, either due to abuse or absence in the home. The patriarchal norms of India often mean that, without a father or husband as head of household, it is nearly impossible for women to be viewed and respected as a contributing member of society. Through The Skipping Stone and partner non-profits, these women will discover that,

June 18, 2017 by Abhineeta Matney
One Question that Started a Ripple (Guest Writer)

One Question that Started a Ripple (Guest Writer)

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Hmmmmm….a pedicure--that sounded great. After all, it had been a very long week at work and it was Friday--I work full time for crying out loud!! Don’t I deserve a little pampering? I might have had one other pedicure in my whole life--not my usual “go to” for relaxation. My recently-married daughter and her friends had raved about this nail place and advised me to "ask for Anna. She’s AMAZING!!” (And, yes, my daughter does talk in multiple exclamation points!!)

May 12, 2017 by Abigail Patterson

STATESIDE: A CONVERSATION WITH BRETT PRIOR

Brett stresses that the biggest question they ask the people they help is “What do you need?,” with the goal to come alongside them and journey with them instead of having the mindset that GP already knows what is best.

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March 20, 2017 by Abigail Patterson

NO VESSEL TOO BROKEN

Disability is a state of mind.

Affected by polio at a very young age, Saanvi* does not consider her condition a weakness. Instead, she is determined to overcome it by adhering to a positive attitude and hard work. With the help of crutches given to her by a medical camp and work opportunities provided by The Skipping Stone, she is able to walk, train, and help fund her family’s dreams for the future.

March 06, 2017 by Abigail Patterson

STORY OF FREEDOM

Rushka's incredible story of freedom from the brothel in northern India. Hear her journey of restoration.  

February 16, 2017 by Matthew Voss

BUILDING TOGETHER

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Diya* is married and lives with her extended family, husband, and four children. Although she and her husband work hard as farmers to support their family, their earnings were not enough. She said, “life was very difficult—my children could not go to school due to our financial incapability. My husband and I worked very hard, but still we could not fulfill our family’s needs. We have three daughters and regardless of our financial condition, I cannot ignore the responsibility to arrange for their weddings.”

February 13, 2017 by Abigail Patterson

THE STRUGGLE ISN’T FAR FROM HOME

Small changes that create large impacts in people’s lives don’t only happen overseas—the need for God’s love is just as strong close to home. Even though we might think that our comparable comfort and safety keeps us from the strife Shanti saw while visiting the brothel, that fact might not be true for our neighbors. Heartbreakingly, human trafficking is on the rise throughout the world, with a large market in America, and many of its victims are children.

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January 09, 2017 by Abigail Patterson

HE WILL PROVIDE

Aatma Vikas, an organization that works closely with The Skipping Stone in India, operates centers that provide vocational training to people in all walks of life. These centers serve as a resource for individuals working to improve their and their families’ situations by educating them to work in new fields

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December 26, 2016 by Abigail Patterson

FINDING OPPORTUNITY IN UNLIKELY PLACES

Pari did not consider her life blessed. Far from it. She was under constant threat of being forced into prostitution by her mother’s madam (her mother is Asha,* the woman Shanti visited in her home who was interviewed in an earlier post). While Asha hid Pari’s age in order to keep this from happening for as long as possible, she knew that this tactic would not work forever. Something needed to be done, and quickly.

December 19, 2016 by Abigail Patterson

THERE IS STILL LIFE FOR YOU

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In the brothel Shanti* visited, a woman is considered old if she is past thirty. And a thirty-year-old woman working in this situation feels old—she has endured hardships she should never have been forced to face and feels the ramifications in her soul and her body.

Healthcare is limited here, and the sicknesses that come from working in this profession, teamed with widespread ignorance about the spread and prevention of these diseases, have debilitated many of these women almost past the ability to work.

November 28, 2016 by Abigail Patterson