The streets of Chennai, formerly Madras, India's fourth largest city,
are jammed with bikes, buses, trucks and cars, all careening in and out
and around each other, honking incessantly and largely to no avail. An
occasional sign on the back of a truck or cab that reads "Please honk
horn" seems hilariously irrelevant.
Along one of those busy
thoroughfares is an imposing gate that opens onto the campus of Gurukul
College, a major Lutheran theological center in India. One of the
buildings houses the office of the Chennai Slum Women's Advancement
Program, a ministry under the auspices of the United Evangelical
Lutheran Church in India headed by Vidhya Rani.