Dance Therapy in India

Friday I have an appointment you want to know about.

It was during our Evangelism time. Cody, Jonathan, and I set out to pray for sick people. The guys asked me which way I thought we should go, and I had some sense to go right and then right again…so off we went. Half way around the block, we saw a sign, “Women’s Union of Kolkatta.” We stared at the sign and then at each other. I had been ruminating to Cody earlier that this is not a good city to be a woman, so I was very intrigued by this organization which has been around for over 75 years. Cody raised his eyebrows and said, “Wanna check it out?” Of course I do!

The men at the gate gave me a little slip of paper to fill out. Name: Beth; Name of person to visit:…………………uh………………….”Guys, what do I put?” “I don’t know…make up a name?” “I could write my mother in law’s name.” Instead, with now six Indian men gesturing to me that I should write on the paper, I wrote “I want to know more about women’s union.” We were escourted to a cool room with many nice women in sarees sitting behind desks doing paper work. The little paper was handed to one woman who asked me what I wanted, then we were invited to sit on a little bench. We spoke prayers as conversation to one another in the moment of expectancy. Within minutes we were taken to meet the vice president.

She told us about how they take in refugees and women and children who have been trafficked. How they have formed a school and also take in some of the street children. They are a government subsidized residential facility for women and children in need. She spoke about the children who are trafficked, and how they needed to get counselors for them. And then her face brightened even more as she talked about how they have been doing a dance therapy program, and how freedom of movement has really transformed these girls!!!! So there were some confusing conversations and phone calls, and I have an appointment at 1 PM on Friday to meet the woman from the organization who offers that. And maybe…just maybe…I will get to participate in a dance therapy session or …maybe several. Glory be to Jesus…this is just stunning. Amazing. Only He could be so magnificent!

In other news, for those of you who follow all the random and amazing places I have danced, we can add a rooftop in Kalkotta to that list. Wooooooooooooooo!!!

Happy Bengali New Year. Tomorrow we are working with children, then we will start with the mother homes on Friday. That should be intense.

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lisa
    Apr 15, 2009 @ 07:22:00

    Yes yes yes yessssss… you were so made for this. Proud of you girl, way to follow God.


  2. Eruvyreth
    Apr 15, 2009 @ 08:20:00

    Oh WOW…*said with trembling and tears* Jesus…just caught up. love you, so much..


  3. Snowy
    Apr 17, 2009 @ 17:32:00

    How rockin’ awesome is God??!!!*huge grin*Leading you to the place that so fits your heart’s desire..Woooohooo!! I’m with PW there. You were made for this!!Jesus, keep coming…keep leading…Love you!!!How did it go yesterday?


  4. Tara Owens
    Apr 18, 2009 @ 09:40:00

    It’s well past Friday where you are, Elle, but I’m praying in the Spirit for your time. So proud of you. Praying so hard that the time was exactly what you have been prepared every moment of your life for. That you heart trembled in joy and love and excitement, and that each of the girls felt that trembling in their own hearts. There is dancing where I am now, in Houston, and I believe the dancing here is part of the dancing there. My heart is dancing for joy.Today someone said that the God of Fire dances within our atoms, with every breath that we take, we are a part of God’s dance. Thank you for bringing more dance into *my* life. Love you and continuing to pray for you.God of the angels and the atoms, Jesus of our wildest, truest, deepest desire, Spirit of our emptiness and of our fullness, continue Your work. Whisper the liquid amber of Your love into Beth’s heart, the wisdom of the Ages flowing into her through Your Spirit inside of her. Let her voice be heard and her movement make eternal impact that Your compassion would be spread into the most hurting places of our hearts and our world.


  5. mountaincottage
    Apr 18, 2009 @ 18:14:00

    Sooo very awesome Beth!! God is so incredible. I pray your time there continues to be fully Spirit filled.Praising the Lord for the ways in which He’s led and provided. and AMEN to Tara’s prayer!((hugs)) Abigail


  6. Sharon
    Apr 19, 2009 @ 15:44:00

    Beth, wow. My heart leaped reading this post. Praise be to our Lord… I know this has been years in coming to see even this much happen, and your faithfulness in hoping and dreaming and pursuing is as a pleasing incense before God. Praying for you there in India and eagerly waiting to hear how things went at your meeting!


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