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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

Vantage Point: Unwanted

By Ken Horn
Feb. 26, 2012

She had been named Nakusa — which means “unwanted” in Hindi — by her grandfather, who was disappointed that his grandchild was not a boy.

In India, many prefer male children. It is a disappointment when a female is born.

A 2011 India census showed there were only 927 girls under 6 years of age for every 1,000 boys. The ratio of females to males is much lower in some states, and the number is continuing to fall because of gender-targeted abortions and mistreatment of “unwanted” girls.

Thus, many receive “unwanted” names like Nakusa or Nakusi. And every time their name is spoken they are reminded that they are of little value to their family.

Imagine naming a child Unwanted or Worthless. “Come here, Unwanted.” “Take the garbage out, Worthless.”

It’s not as far-fetched as it may seem. Many children with perfectly normal names grow up believing they have no value because of how they are treated or spoken to.

Recently, one area in central India held a ceremony renaming 285 girls, as old as 15, with the hope of giving them more dignity and a sense of self-worth.

That’s what the Assemblies of God-based Project Rescue has been doing for years, affirming God’s value for the downtrodden girls of the Indian subcontinent. Project Rescue specifically targets victims of sexual slavery across Eurasia.

The girls (and women) to whom they minister are provided the sense of personal value everyone deserves.

In the U.S., too, AG ministries are rescuing girls — physically, emotionally and spiritually. This includes drug addicts, street people and alcoholics, as well as victims of human trafficking — which does exist in our own country.

For those who mistreat such little ones, God’s words in Isaiah are appropriate: “You shall leave your name as a curse to My chosen; for the Lord God will slay you, and call His servants by another name” (Isaiah 65:15, NKJV). For those who have been renamed, “The former troubles are forgotten” (v.16).

No one is named Unwanted to God.

Ken Horn

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