Interview with an Indian-American Christian Woman: Part 3

This was my favorite part of my conversation with Anu Skariah  because of her vulnerability… On a more serious note, Anu was honest in sharing about her experience with prejudice and discrimination. Anu: “I have experienced prejudice. My first experience, that I can remember was in the 5th grade. As a class, we went to read to the kindergarteners and first graders. I remember a Caucasian girl looking frantic to join a reading group. When I invited her to mine, she looked around and said, ‘No, I want someone that’s white.’ Her name was Brittany and recalling that event still makes me sad. Later, in high school and middle school I was called names and made […]

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Interview with an Indian-American Christian Woman: Part 1

I had an amazing virtual conversation with Anu Skariah, a deaconess from my church. Anu is an Indian-American, Christian, middle class woman. I was very curious to learn about her culture as a whole and about her views of marriage and faith in relation to her culture. Me: “What are the most important values and beliefs of your culture?” Anu: “The most important values and beliefs in my culture depend greatly on which state in the country you were raised. However, a high value on education and preserving the Indian culture are two things that are important to the people of India.”  Here I understood that the people of India are proud and […]

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A God of Surprises

During Lent I made a retreat, and the theme of it was on the woman at the well, the Samaritan woman. This is one of the longest conversations Jesus has documented in Bible. After Jesus had been in the desert tempted and without food or water. He came to the city midday and was physically weak. He found this woman fetching water. Jesus asked her for a drink. And we later read that Jesus reveals he is the Messiah. Jesus tells the woman of her past. She has had five husbands. Despite what he knew about her Jesus wanted to speak with her. At the end of the story the […]

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A Moment with The Girls of the Spa

Sometimes things aren’t what they seem. We often think that a woman who is being trafficked for sex constantly experiences physical abuse. And although I am positive an element of violence is present in all forms of sexual abuse, when I am in the presence of the women working to serve the Johns in their spa, I witness affection that confuses me. It seems to me that these particular Johns—their sex clients of today—are VIP clients because of the way the ladies treat them, in a very familiar manner. I can observe them hug these men as they welcome them into the spa. They spend about five minutes making them […]

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Evidence for the Trustworthiness of The Bible?

The Bible is a library of sixty-six books, written in a time span of 1,500 to 2,000 years; with more than forty authors, some including, prophets, fishermen, a physician, and kings. It was written on three different continents: Asia, Africa, and Europe (Wegner 27). But, how do we know Christians can trust the Bible when we do not have the original documents in the first place? This question must be addressed because if the Bible is in fact trustworthy, then the God of the Bible is not being worshiped by all of His creation, as He deserves. Also, many people are living and dying in sin, thus, spending their eternity […]

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School Bus to Flint MI

I left out early in the morning and like I expected it was a peaceful drive.  My only fear was getting pulled over, a flat tire, or hitting an animal.  I guess that counts for 3 fears but at the time it seemed like one fear.  The drive to a place you have never been always seems longer than the ride back and such was the case.  I did not know what to expect when I arrived in Flint MI but knew that poverty would definitely be one of the things I would see.  I arrived in Flint MI about 9:40am at a location a guy at my job told […]

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Flint Michigan Water Crisis

The Flint MI water crisis is a crisis that is happening many miles away from most of us but the need for support is still immediate.  The basics of the crisis are simple   The water system was switched from a healthy one to an unhealthy one in April 2014 The unhealthy consumption of water was reported to the appropriate officials Citizens since that time have become sick due to the consumption of the toxic water The Michigan government has reported that a grave error was made in switching the water system The water system was switched back to the healthy system in October 2015 The consequences of switching to […]

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Where Prejudice Begins

I answered the following essay question for a university I applied to, “What effect has being a person of color had on your life, identity and struggles for equality and success?” Although, my complexion is caramel, I have never felt discrimination coming from the exterior forces due to the color of my skin. Until I wrote this paper, I did not realize that interior forces influenced racial and ethnic inequality in my life. I unconsciously adopted my step-father’s prejudice beliefs. First, I was afraid of white people as a child. Secondly, education was never encouraged or praised in my family’s culture, and lastly, my step-father segregated us from other races […]

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