Cynthia Lingham
Mysore, India

Asha Niketan (Bangalore), has been one of the most fruitful experiences of my life. I started visiting Asha Niketan, a L’Arche community, some time in 1973 with a friend, to visit her sister who had joined the community to live and work there. I remember thinking the life there a little strange. Although curious, I did not quite understand what was happening there. After my graduation in 1975, I was searching for something useful to do with my life. Then, in December, I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Jean Vanier, founder of L’Arche Interntional. I was deeply touched by the amazing gentleness and humility of such a large and famous man. He spoke words of wisdom with the heart of a child. Listening to him that day, I knew that my search had ended. Here was my calling in life. The following April 1976, I joined the community of L’Arche – Bangalore and have never regretted it. Now, I am no longer with Asha Niketan, but the spirit of L’Arche and Jean Vanier continues to live in me. I thank you Jean, from the bottom of my heart.