I knew her before I met her

Allison’s story, Children at Risk DTS student

As I sat on the back porch of the YWAM Madison training center with my prayer group, the feeling of Christmas was all around. The snowflakes fell outside and the warm fire crackled in the wood stove as we listened to God for how to pray. It was still weeks until we would leave for India, but as I closed my eyes and prayed, in my mind I saw a picture of a little Indian girl.

She was beautiful and small, stretching out her arms for me to pick her up. I wasn’t sure what to make of this vision at the time. I just thought God was showing me that the kids we would meet have a great need to be loved. As our busy class schedule continued, I never really thought about the picture of the little girl again. And before I knew it, we were off to India.

A week and half into our outreach in India we had a day for the street kids. We brought about fifteen kids off the street for the day to bathe, clothe, feed, and love them. I didn’t really know what to expect going into this day, but as the children came into the apartment, I instantly fell in love!

A tiny three year old girl named Mia became quite attached to me. After her bath, she came out shivering. I scooped her up in a blanket and just sat there holding her as she nuzzled up against me. She stayed there for almost the whole day, only getting up to play with the balloon animals we made for them. At the end of the day, I waved goodbye to this precious little girl, knowing that I would never forget her.

A few days later, during my devotional time, God reminded me of the vision he gave me back in Wisconsin. At first I was confused, not knowing why he had brought it back to my memory. As I sat there trying to figure out what God was saying, the vision of the little girl kept coming in my head. I realized I knew the face of that girl. That girl was Mia!