2006, I took a three-week trip around the world,
visiting places as diverse as Thailand, Turkey,
and Iceland, but my main focus for that trip was
experiencing India for the first time.
attending church one Sunday morning in a
nondescript building in Chennai (formerly known
as Madras), I noted the beautiful faces of a
couple dozen young children in the front rows,
and I wondered just who they were.
after the services I spoke with Becky Davis, the
founder of Rising Star Outreach, and she
explained to me that these children were some of
the kids who attended RSO's boarding school. They
were from leprosy colonies out in the
countryside, where the fate of most children was
to be uneducated, to beg for a living, and to
never have hope in a country where many people
treat people affected with leprosy and their
children with disdain.
of this fate, hundreds of children are now being
offered a bilingual education with training in
computer skills, instilled with good culture,
given excellent nutrition and health care, and
are being filled with love and a sense of their
value as children of God and the great potential
of their lives. They will be able to have good
careers in the India of the future and will be
treated with respect and admiration by their
children have new hope shining in their eyes and
love in their hearts that is being nourished by
the wonderful people of Rising Star Outreach.
that is to say nothing about the related programs
that are tending to the health needs of the other
residents of those leprosy colonies and offering
micro-loans to people to help them start and grow
their own little businesses. The life-changing
stories are truly wonderful.
brief experience of spending an afternoon with
those incredible little souls filled with
optimism filled me with a great desire to help,
and so every tour package sold by Sage Guide
Tours will result in a donation to further the
worthy work of Rising Star Outreach.
are some links where you can learn more about
this amazing organization:
express potential interest in our tours or in the
work of Rising Star Outreach, to make
suggestions, or to ask questions, you can write