WorldNetDaily linked to a story that is an update about one of the young stars from one of my favorite documentaries ever, Born into Brothels.
A full update from early 2008 on the kids may be found here.
Avijit, who is why I adore the film, is attending NYU. Others are married. A couple of others are still in school. When Avijit said “there is no hope to be found here” (paraphrase), I cried. It breaks my heart that he felt that way. I sat there, convicted… having been given means and an opportunity and did nothing. I did buy two prints that went into the charity they established. My full thoughts from April 2004 may be found on my old blog.
The Times of India caught up with Puja. She was given a chance to study in the US and her mother refused to let her leave. I know they arranged for schooling in India.
Now Puja has entered the sex trade… like her mother. She’s financially well-off. Pays for her apartment, her mother’s and another room to meet clients.
My heart breaks for this young woman. I read her story and cried. I couldn’t stop crying. To have help presented to you, to reject it for whatever reason, and enter a life that may appear glamorous but is really a prison… that is full of risk of disease and death.
Then it hit me…
Our Heavenly Father’s heart must break in ways similar every time we reject Him. He offers us love, grace, forgiveness, peace, kindness… and in our pride, we turn on our heels and move away from Him.