“Open wide!” The Banjara children who attend the Rajasthan school come from a community that does not record birthdays. When new children enroll in the school, teachers count their baby teeth to guess their age!
At the start of this school year the students were lined up in the courtyard on a Friday afternoon. They had no idea what was happening, but excitement stirred as they saw balloons blown up, cake cut and candles lit.
The principle stood in front of the children and beamed as she explained what a birthday is. “Today we celebrate that God made you!” Words of God’s love and life poured over the students, and then a prayer of blessing.
The children cheered and laughed and played as they celebrated their birthday for the first time. Truly, they have been given new life in Christ!