With roughly one-sixth of the world’s total population, India is the second most populous country.
God Led Us
“I’ve prepared someone for you in India. He’s working with the Dalit people (the “untouchables”).
We never anticipated spreading roots to South Asia. Yet the Lord had different plans, and in the middle of the pandemic, He whispered this to us. And over the course of the next six months, He led us to a computer programmer who knew of an African working in North India, who knew of a brother working with the Dalit people. And so, we’ve begun to partner with him and his wife, training up women in tailoring, and helping other brothers and sisters get livestock. We’ve also since been connected with other men and women in India who are faithfully serving God amidst great adversity.
Oh, how unsearchable the wisdom of God! Oh, how great the mystery of His ways. As Paul says, He alone is the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, who reigns in unapproachable light.
In the middle of a pandemic when we cannot travel, it can only be God who connects us with an African working in India who knows of a brother working with the Dalit people. Hallelujah!
Partner with us
“Much of its territory lies within a large peninsula, surrounded by the Arabian Sea to the west and the Bay of Bengal to the east; Cape Comorin, the southernmost point of the mainland, marks the dividing line between those two bodies of water. This region has two union territories composed entirely of islands: Lakshadweep, in the Arabian Sea, and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, which lie between the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea.
India remains one of the most ethnically diverse regions in the world. Apart from its many religions and sects, it is home to innumerable castes and tribes, as well as to more than a dozen major and hundreds of minor linguistic groups from several language families unrelated to one another. Religious minorities, including Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, and Jains, still account for a significant proportion of the population; collectively, their numbers exceed the populations of all countries except China. Earnest attempts have been made to instill a spirit of nationhood in so varied a population, but tensions between neighboring groups have remained and at times have resulted in outbreaks of violence. Yet social legislation has done much to castes, tribal populations, women, and other traditionally disadvantaged segments of society. At independence, this region was blessed with several leaders of world stature, who were able to galvanize the masses at home and bring prestige to the area, abroad. As a result, it has played an increasing role in global affairs.”
Who God Connected Us With:
- We met “Brother A” through a computer programmer who was introduced to us when our new website was down; Brother A’s mother was a godly woman, even tithing the rice she fed her children, giving a tenth each time to the poor. Brother A works with many vulnerable families in the north, including the “untouchables,” and his wife runs tailoring centers in the villages.
- We were then connected with a second man, in the south. “Brother B” runs a school for Dalit children, and has helped to plant several hundred fellowships. Additionally, this man oversees tailoring centers in the villages surrounding the school.
- Most recently, we have partnered with “Brother C”, who plants and oversees dozens of fellowships in the north. (Please note, we are unable to share their real names or photos due to this region being prone to persecution)
What God is doing
In the north, we are partnering with Brother A to assist vulnerable and persecuted peoples with goats and Sahiwal cows.
Sahiwal cows are tick-resistant and heat-resistant, not to mention being resistant to parasites, and they produce a high quantity of milk. They are a blessing to work with, being gentle and docile, and generally very hardy. The milk can be used not only to feed their families but to sell, thus caring for school fees and other expenses.
Goats provide supplementary income and livelihood to millions of poor farmers and landless laborers across Asia.
TAILORING CLASSES FOR MOTHERS
It is a privilege to partner both with Brother B in the south, and with the wife of Brother A in the north, in training women to sew.
While both programs differ slightly, they take place in pre-existing buildings. About 15 women from the village are taught to sew with the idea of starting their own business if possible after completion of their training. In the south, the program remains in one village for about 10 months until the women get a sewing certificate, and then moves to another village.
Once the women have completed the course, they receive a sewing machine, thereby allowing them to care for their families.
We are currently translating the Harvestime curriculum into Hindi so leaders can be educated in the Word at no cost.
We have also helped to produce a curriculum for discipling youth in the unreached parts of South Asia.
Meanwhile, the women who receive tailoring classes are being discipled in the Word on a weekly basis.
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