In anticipation of an art exhibition, I wrote a short story about each painting, as if written by the person in the painting. These are all real people, and the stories are based on experience, observation, and representative/factual information typical of someone from that region/profession. Some of these paintings are still available, so if you are interested in purchasing one, please contact me.
I live in a densely populated fishing village in Besant Nagar, Chennai. During the December 2004 tsunami, the majority of the thatched huts in our village were either washed away or damaged. The wooden catamarans and fiberglass boats didn’t fare any better, and most had to be replaced. Even though we received funding to buy new boats and fishing nets, we were given no assistance in addressing sanitation issues. Our homes still lack access to clean drinking water, toilets, and drainage. Despite these challenges, the Christian faith of my family, which we can trace back to the apostle St. Thomas, enables us to remain optimistic. We know God is in control and will work even these challenges for our benefit.
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