missionaries on the streets of India

I left a piece of my heart on that street

by Kenzie K, DTS student
Kolkata, India 

On the streets in Kolkata, I’m overwhelmed by my surroundings:
Dogs itching, horns honking, children running, and never-ending noise.
A child runs up and takes my hand, looks up at me, beams, eyes glowing.

I smile back, and quickly turn, afraid of my emotions overflowing.

Another runs up, arms extended, and I scoop her up.
She presses her dark hair against my face, arms around my neck.
I sit on a curb and hold her and hold her, position never changing.

Although she didn’t understand me, I sang to her Bible songs, quoted scripture to her, and prayed, while she silently sat and ran a finger through my hair.

My surroundings fade and I’m captivated in the moment.
I don’t want to ever let go.

We walk further and further down the streets, and still she clings.
Occasionally shifting her eyes on me and smiling, then laying her head back down.

It’s time to say goodbye and I see where she lives,
a section of sidewalk on a busy city street.
An old tarp makes up her bed, with nothing to protect her from the outside world.

As I walk away, I look over my shoulder and she’s standing there blank faced, waving.

I leave a piece of my heart on that street in Kolkata that day.

“See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in Heaven always see the face of my Father in Heaven…Your Father in Heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost.” Matthew 18:10,14