When Two Lives Collide
Yasmin & Simone / Mumbai, India
Vision Rescue seeks to engage, embrace, rescue and empower the ‘street children’ in India through meals, non-formal education, medical assistanceand other programs. The Sisterhood supports the many endeavours of Vision Rescue through the 500 Projects, which create pathways of response for people to care and respond.
Yasmin is beautiful and is only five years old. She lives with her mother, grandmother, three sisters and brother in Mumbai, India. Her father
sadly abandoned them all when she was a baby – which left the women of the house with no choice but to work to survive. They work as
housemaids, while the older sister watches over little Yasmin.
Simone is a school teacher with Vision Rescue. She loves serving the children and is especially devoted to children with learning disabilities.
When Yasmin started school at 3, she was behind in her development. She couldn’t talk and was in need of extra attention. Much of this, we are
told, was caused by a failed attempt on her life when her mother was 7 months pregnant. Simone (her teacher) felt limited in what she could
offer this little girl, but she never lost hope nor gave up believing for the miraculous. Simone gathered a few teacher friends together and they
started praying. They asked God to help them to help this little girl. Their prayers made a way, and through the support of many around the
world, the Vision Rescue ministry was further equipped so that Simone could give Yasmin the attention she needed.
Yasmin is now five. Her speech is clearer and she can construct sentences. Those who live or work closely with her can understand her clearly.
Her eyesight is still challenged but the teachers have the means to enlarge the pictures and alphabet letters so that she can continue to learn.
She is now making progress in her reading. Yasmin loves to help in the classroom and dreams of becoming a teacher like Simone when she
‘Master, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come
to you?’ Then the King will say, I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was
me – you did it to me”. Matthew 25:37-40 (The Message – paraphrased)