Like Phillip, Malar is a pastor in a nearby village. Her father was the person that first introduced us to the village leaders where Rhema was born. Last summer she joined our team and begin to visit with the village women each day. She got to know them. Their families. She learned their hopes and dreams for a better tomorrow. Very quickly she earned their trust. Malar helped launch the daily milk program for all pregnant village women. She scheduled the transportation and accompanied the women to the medical clinic for prenatal care exams. She encourages them to go to the hospital for the delivery of their babies.
She became their friend.
Malar has shared her faith and her belief that all life is a gift from God. Today, when a girl baby is born in the village her new life is celebrated with a small baby gift. Her family continues to receive daily milk for the next 6 months. Malar has convinced most families to keep ALL newborn babies. For those that still believe the hardship to raise a girl baby is too much she finds, trains and equips other families to become foster parents.
We realize we still have much to do to bring value and opportunity to the girl child in this remote village.
However, I know this: Without Malar and Philip the journey would be longer and much, much more difficult.