About eighty-nine years ago one of God's greatest helpers was born. It is hard to believe, but this little baby would become one of India's most loving servants.
On August 27,1910, Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, otherwise known as Mother Teresa, was born to Drana and Nikola in Skopje, Albania. Agnes had two older siblings, her brother Lazar and her sister Age. Her father was a builder and earned little money so they were poor. Even though they had little to spare, her mother gave food to anybody who needed it, so they often had beggars on their doorstep looking for food or a place to sleep.
Every day she went to church and loved to sit for hours listening to the priests teach. She did not go to public school and was taught by her mother and the priests. Until her father died when she was ten her favorite things to do were reading and laughing with her friends.
Drana, Agnes' mother, started taking her to prayer groups and to help the poor and needy. When she was twelve she felt God was calling her to become a nun but decided not to become one, just for then. Finally, when she was eighteen she left Yugoslavia to become a nun.
When Agnes left Skopje she realized that she would never see her friends or family again. When she got to Ireland to start her training of becoming a nun it was cold and unfriendly, unlike her warm Skopje. As she was training she was taught three languages: Bengali, Hindu, and English. She thought she was a small part of God's plan and she never dreamed what she would accomplish later in her life.