January 24, 2015
Balasore Dream Centre… Sasmita, aged 13, walked up to read out her testimony. When she finished, there was not one dry eye among the group of USA guests who had come. Her Oriya language and composition left me stunned… This is her text literally translated: “At first I want to thank Jesus for his mercies. I am thankful to God because He has given me the opportunity to share this testimony before our guests and dear mom/dad. It is written: Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, neither has it entered into the heart of man what God has prepared for those that love him. I am Sasmita Soren. I am in class 8. My father died of TB when I was a baby. My mother, abandoned me. People say that a mother is filled with love and kindness; and many people give first preference to their mother. But some mothers are there that for their own enjoyment, they abandon their family and kids. As a result, their kids have to go through deep grief and sorrow. Other times, some children are deliberately sold or are taken into trafficking. My mother married another man and abandoned us after the death of my father. She has never been back into our home since then. She went outside pretending to go for labor work, but secretly married and never came back. My mother ran after Satan. But God has not forsaken me.. never left me. God allowed my separation from my parents, but not from Him. I was brought to this dream center by my uncle who did not want me. And now by the grace of God, and by the prayers of my beloved Daddy and Sponsors at this place, I am able to stay at this beautiful dream center. And now I am given good food, good clothes and a good education. The parents who gave me birth never gave me any love, but I am so loved over here by Daddy (Dr. Rahman) and the staff. Our own parents can forsake us, the world can forsake us, but Jesus never forsakes us. Therefore, God has prepared Daddy and Mom/Dad (Larry and Mariette Small) to take care of me and to provide for all my needs. In the future, I want to become a nurse and serve the people. So, please pray for me and for my studies and my future. With this I close my testimony.” She is the reason why I am a man on fire – a man on a mission to search and rescue diamonds like this…nothing else matters.