Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Gladys Staines returns to India

Widow of Australian missionary, Graham Staines, who was burnt alive (along with his two sons) by a mob in 1999, is returning to India to continue his work among the poor.
Officials at the Hospital said that widow of slain Australian missionary is keeping alive his mission of helping leprosy patients in Orissa.

Staines met her husband while she was serving on a youth mission in Orissa back in the early 1980s. They were married in 1983. Sixteen years later, the Reverend Staines and their two young sons, Philip and Timothy, were burnt to death by a mob allegedly comprising Bajrang Dal activists while they were asleep in their vehicle at Manoharpur village in neighbouring Keonjhar district.

Asked if she isn't scared to work in the same area where her husband and sons were brutally murdered, Staines said, "Why should I be afraid? Here people support us and I do not want to disappoint them. After all, they need to be taken care of."

Even her sole surviving child Esther, who is currently studying medicine, wants to serve the poor and has not been disheartened or embittered by the fate that met her father and younger brothers, she said.
[Via the Indian Catholic.] Truly inspiring!

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