On the topic of loving our enemies, the new 2019 movie, The Least of These,
is a horrific account of one cataclysmic clash between radical Hindus and Christians in India just twenty years ago, in January of 1999.
Based on the life story of Graham and Gladys Staines, who were missionaries from Australia caring for a leper colony in Odisha, The Least of These traces the life and legacy of the Gaines family, who spent forty years caring for the needs of the least-of-the-least untouchables cast out from society because of their leprosy.
I don’t want to tell the end from the beginning, but it is a heart-rending movie.
Gladys retired in 2004, and the following year, she was awarded the Padma Shree in India in recognition of her work among the lepers.
In 2016, Gladys also received the Mother Teresa Memorial International Award for Social Justice.
The movie was shot on location in 2012, although it took many years to produce and was just released in America this year.
If you’re looking for an inspiring example of the love of Christ, you will appreciate this movie. (Because of the content, I do not recommend it for children. I think the PG-13 rating is exactly right.)
“Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3).
“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).