For an impoverished community of Indian gypsies, education has always been a luxury… until now.

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Next Steps
    • You can be a financial sponsor of Deshpande and his school. All you have to do is log on to the website for Truthseekers North America and make your contribution. Be sure to add “Deshpande School” to the memo line!
    • Please pray for Deshpande and his school. There are many hurdles for him to overcome, and the community continues to suffer in other ways.
    • Pray for the students of this school. Pray that they would be able to take the education they are receiving and use it to pull their community out of poverty.
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About the Author: Barry is the founder and Executive Director of World Next Door. A storyteller, traveller and giant nerd, he lives to compel suburban Americans to get engaged with social justice and find their place in God's kingdom revolution. His ultimate dream is to adopt a pet monkey named Kevin.

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  1. Steve and Mary Jo Rekedal said... 

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    November 17th, 2010 at 7:06 am  

    Thank you for your interest, and for the spending the time and energy in highlighting this important work!!
    Sincerely, Steve and Mary Jo Rekedal (parents of Robin Smith, Delhi, India)

  2. Dave Rod said... 

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    November 17th, 2010 at 9:35 am  

    Are those the most beautiful children in the world? Wait…the Haitian kids were…no, the Kenyans…then there’s the Ukrainian children…

    Their beauty stands in stark contrast to their living conditions.

    Thank you Deshpande for living brave not safe. Your love and care will extend for generations.

  3. Keith Carlson said... 

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    November 17th, 2010 at 9:53 am  

    I have a new background photo for my laptop, thanks Barry – the picture will haunt me for the next month, and perhaps longer.

  4. Curtis Honeycutt said... 

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    November 17th, 2010 at 10:16 am  

    These photos are phenomenal, and their story is simultaneously heartbreaking and hopeful.

  5. Steve B said... 

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    November 17th, 2010 at 10:18 am  

    I often skip the articles with photo galleries. No more. I am humbled and shaken. Thank you Barry, and thank you Deshpande for living for the kingdom. Your work will be felt for generations.

  6. Amy Sorrells said... 

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    November 17th, 2010 at 12:59 pm  

    Hope, because someone believes in the unbelieveable.

    Smiles, because someone smiles at the frowning.

    Dreams, because someone reaches into the unimaginable.

    Beauty, because someone (you . . . Deshpande . . . those teachers . . . ) dares to tread in the ashes.

    Awesome.

  7. Tanya said... 

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    November 17th, 2010 at 4:03 pm  

    Touching, beautiful, and hopeful.

    Thank you, Barry.

  8. Sharon said... 

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    November 17th, 2010 at 5:53 pm  

    Amazing! Deshpande’s willingness to follow God’s leading even when the way is unclear inspires me.

    As always, your pictures shake me up. I love the one of the boy in the white shirt with the impish half-smile!

  9. Jim M. said... 

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    November 18th, 2010 at 12:36 am  

    In photos number 17, and number 1. You see the future that will change the past.

    Deshpande and these dedicated teachers are building a road out of poverty and toward freedom. From nothing to something, with only an idea, the love of Christ, a few rupees,… and the courage to say yes when called.

    Thank you Truthseekers Northamerica.

  10. Greg G said... 

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    November 18th, 2010 at 9:01 am  

    Awesome pictures Barry. They capture the place so well I feel like I am there. Thank You!

  11. Amy Osgood said... 

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    November 18th, 2010 at 7:08 pm  

    Those children….the word beauty does not do justice in describing those precious children.

    Because my heart can barely take these pictures, I try to find the “hope” before you get to them Barry. I was intrigued to see the little boy who had nothing, yet he had a pink balloon. I’m often stunned at the unique ways God loves give us things that don’t seem to fit, yet they are a delight! I won’t look at a pink balloon the same way again.

    I am sick that my kids sometimes get sent home with some candy (not fruit) from school…it does them no good and we call it a treat! We are a sick society.

    Thank you Deshpande for loving “non-christians”!

  12. tiab said... 

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    December 5th, 2010 at 11:00 am  

    Thank you Deshpande for saying the “next yes” and following God’s prompting. How easy would it have been to just ‘feel badly’ for these children and do nothing.
    I see Jesus in these sweet children who didn’t have a choice to be born into this poverty. He is indeed giving them a chance for freedom from oppression and an escape. May these children grow to love our God and do mighty things for Him.

  13. Suzana Brinkmann said... 

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    July 31st, 2011 at 4:43 am  

    Thanks for sharing these pictures and story. Beautifully captured, well narrated, powerfully stirring. Glad to learn more about this work.
    – Suzana, New Delhi

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