On a recent Wellspring trip to India, I was able to spend some time with Little Drops, an organization Wellspring supports that is a home for homeless and destitute elderly. The heart of Little Drops is to provide holistic care through not only permanent housing, nutritious meals, and basic medical care, but also a place to belong. For individuals who have been rejected by society, belonging in this home responds to one of the deepest cries of their souls.
On my visit, I spent a day with the Founder, Paul, and was amazed at the way his character exuded Christ. He embodied kindness and had a deep love for others that was genuine and pure. He is the type of person when I am in their presence, I want to capture every word they say.
Paul gave me a tour of the home. On average, Little Drops receives 2 phone calls a day with referrals for their home. They have never turned anyone away, always finding space for new elderly. Since opening over 25 years ago, they have taken in over 6000 individuals. The home Wellspring supports has close to 300 elders living there.
As we walked through, Paul, with his warm smile, stopped to chat with many of them. He laughed and told stories; he knew them and clearly enjoyed being in their presence. Later as we were talking, he mentioned that his daughter was getting married this summer.
He went on to tell me their plan for her to have the wedding on the grounds of the home with the elders present. Some friends would be invited and would have tea and biscuits, but the elders would get the wedding feast. Most of the invited friends have experienced being an honored guest, he said, but the majority of the elders have lived their lives as outcasts in society. He wanted to give them the place of honor at the wedding.
Hearing this instantly brought me to tears as I recognized he was truly living out what he believes. He was not just serving the elders, but communing with them. And in communing with them, he was communing with Christ. I am grateful to have glimpsed this rare and beautiful example of a life so deeply devoted to what he believes.
$24 a month covers food, medical care and rehab for one elder. To support this work, click the button below to donate and choose Little Drops from the drop-down menu.
Written by Rachel Davis, Operations Manager and Senior Project Analyst of Wellspring International.