By Manee Massey, Regional Director of GNPI-Damoh, India
Today was an exciting day at GNPI-Damoh, India. We invited a number of families from the local Christian community to discuss problems many married couples in India face. Forty-eight people from different walks of life and a variety of family situations participated in the two-hour discussion. Together they brainstormed and reflected on numerous problems families face.
Many timeless issues were raised such as a growing lack of interest or distrust between partners, as well as more modern issues like the growing effect of technology and the strain it can cause on marriages. It was an illuminating experience for all who were involved. Some remarked they had never really thought about all the daily hurdles they face in their families. Even though they had experienced some of these problems, they usually dismissed them.
Despite the seriousness of issues they thought about, everyone in the group seemed to enjoy the opportunity. Some of the husbands even joked that their wives were taking advantage of the platform to vent concerns and to bring up every perceived shortcoming in their husbands. Our prayers go with the husbands that they may not face their wives scorn after this friendly discussion.
At the end of our time together, these 48 different people had listed 33 problems most families face. We feel the topics on this list can be explored through a dramatic video series illustrating these problems and encouraging discussion among families facing similar situations. At the same time, through the series families will learn they are not alone in these common struggles.
Our next step, as a result of this meeting, is to meet with a scriptwriter to develop scripts for 13 episodes for future productions.
All the participants enjoyed the lunch prepared by our staff. Before they left, we gave each of them a copy of The Global Gospel in Hindi.