Small Act of Love, Big Reward

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop

When my team and I arrived at Little Lights children’s home in India, it quickly became apparent to us that the staff there performed many acts of love and service on a daily basis.

It is a privilege to come alongside them to prepare breakfast and pack lunches for the thirty kids who live in the home. To wash dishes, clean bathrooms and dorms, and help kids with homework.

As a team, God has been highlighting to us John 13:1-17, where Jesus washes His disciples’ feet. This morning, He gave us the idea to intentionally encourage the staff by giving them pedicures.

Now we sit with buckets of warm water, foot scrub, and nail polish. Amy, one of our team leaders gently rinses and scrubs Buelah’s feet. Buelah is especially hardworking. She has impacted our team in a special way through her dedication and love.

She selects a bright red nail polish, and Amy begins to paint her toe nails. We can’t tell at first if she is enjoying it or not. After some time, one of the other staff members smiles and says, “She is feeling so much. She has a feeling heart.”

Amy finishes and asks Buelah if she likes it. With the smalll amount of English that she knows, Buelah replies, “Thank you so so much. You girls are so good and so much help. I am feeling so much.”

Tears begin to stream down her face.

“Pray for you?” she asks, and begins to pray for Amy in her native language of Tamil.

The other staff members also thank us repeatedly and with many smiles. It was such an encouragement to see how this small act of kindness blessed these hardworking women who consistently serve others.