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The Unwanted Girls

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The Unwanted Girls

The news story told of 285 young Indian girls that had chosen new names.

“Nakusa” or “Nakushi” (two variations of the Hindu word meaning “unwanted”) were among the names abandoned in an effort to promote their self-worth.

“Now in school, my classmates and friends will be calling me this new name, and that makes me very happy,” a 15-year-old girl told the AP after the ceremony. The teenager was formerly named Nakusa by her disappointed grandfather, but chose to be called “Ashmita,” which translates to “very tough” in Hindi.”

Girls hold certificates stating their new official names during a renaming ceremony in Satara, India, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011. Almost 300 Indian girls known officially as "Unwanted" have traded their birth names for a fresh start in life


Reading this story made me very sad. Their culture devalues women. An unborn baby girl might well be aborted if the parents knew its gender. It’s heart breaking to me. The very thought, is unthinkable in my family.

I have been blessed more than most men to have been surrounded all my life by loving and amazing women.  Their lives are blessed of God. My life has been blessed to the highest level because of them.

In my family, the women and girls are cherished, and loved. They are also respected, listened to, and honored. I always want them to know that!

Each of the married women love and honor their husbands and treat them like kings. No wonder each husband finds it easy to treat his wife like a queen and cherish her.

The daughters love and honor their fathers. They treat him with great respect. They in turn are loved and doted on. They have never felt unwanted, but rather are treated as if they were a princess.

The same is true for all the grand daughters.

It would be a near impossibility to find a family that loves it’s women more than the Ballestero family loves theirs.

With all of the above in mind, today I wish to stop and honor the women in my world.

I want to tell all of you that I love you, I honor you, and I cherish you, and I am proud of you. You all have me forever wrapped around your little fingers. I have you wrapped around my heart.

You are so gifted and talented. You are:

  • Singers
  • Song Writers
  • Musicians
  • Music Teachers
  • Choir Leader
  • Speakers
  • Writers
  • Authors
  • School Teachers
  • Recording Artists
  • Artistic
  • Designers
  • Business Owners
  • Leaders
  • Beautiful
  • Loving
  • Nurturing
  • Tender
  • intelligent
  • The Best Cooks In The World.
  • The Best Mothers In The World.
  • The Best Wives In The World.
  • And… You really love the Lord.
  • (This list could go on awhile…)

You might often be embarrassed by me, but you will never be unwanted! I love you and pray God richest blessings on you in all you do! There will never be such a thing as an unwanted girl in my family!

Let me show my readers a picture or two of why I am such a blessed man!

My Mom, Mother-in-law, Wife, Daughter, Daughters-in-law, Grand Daughters, Sisters, Sisters-in-law and Nieces are shown below. Besides all these, there are my wonderful cousins, close friends  and “adopted” family members.

Every One Of These Ladies Are Wanted!!

It don’t get any better than this. I, my friend, am a blessed man!

Written by Martyn Ballestero

October 28, 2011 at 1:10 am

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  1. Thank you for an incredible post! You have always been so quick to point out positive qualities, ignore the negative, and make us believe in ourselves. You are a thoughtful, loving and caring brother. I am blessed! I love you!

    Nila Marxer

    October 28, 2011 at 8:48 am

  2. You are so precious & a wonderful brother. Thank you for always being the most supportive person ever. You always try to “fix” my world, whether it be a leaking faucet, a computer issue or just being in my corner when I am having a bad day. I love that when I text you, you want to call or Skpye & that you’re never too busy for me or your family. I think I am the one that is blessed to be related to you!! Love you fiercely!!!


    October 28, 2011 at 9:32 am

  3. Thank you Daddy!! I have never one time felt unloved or unwanted by you. We are blessed because of you. Thank you for taking care of us all:)

    Marisa Hartzell

    October 28, 2011 at 9:48 am

  4. What a precious post. Believe it or not I always considered myself one of “your girls” because you played such an important role in my life. I love and appreciate you, Bro. Ballestero.

    Crystal Smith (Morris)

    October 29, 2011 at 1:01 am

  5. How sweet Dad! And also thank you because I know you took great care to choose the best pictures of “all your girls!” That means a lot!

    Courtney Ballestero

    November 7, 2011 at 1:04 pm

  6. What a wonderful testimony! Your family is truly blessed to have real men that love and cherish women. I have shared the link to this article with my friends on Facebook. It is one of the best tributes to Godly women I have ever seen. This is how it should be! God bless you Pastor Ballestero!

    Mrs. Marsena Cook

    February 23, 2012 at 5:01 am

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