In the past we’ve trained pastors and leaders and organised many conferences for the same. Now, through these pastors' ministries, we’ve also been able to help individuals through medical care, education and winter aid.
For example, we recently worked with one of our graduate leaders, pastor Timothy, to provide warm winter blankets for vulnerable people in a small village called Mandapally.
In Mandapally we met 150 destitute people, most of whom were non-Christians. They all gladly received the blankets we offered. And one of them also committed to Christ during the outreach. Her name was Laxmi.
As the Bible says: “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Rom 10v13).
During the outreach, pastor Timothy invited Laxmi to visit his church and pick up a blanket. Initially hesitant (she was from a Hindu background), Laxmi visited the church and was surprised to receive the free gift of a blanket.
After taking the blanket, she thought very hard for a moment, then asked pastor Timothy, “What do I need to do for you in return for this gift?”
Pastor Timothy was surprised at this question, so asked Laxmi what she meant.
She replied saying, “At my daughter’s house, where I live, I need to do all the housework and cooking in order to keep living there. Otherwise I will be kicked out! So I ask again, what do I need to do in return for this gift?”
Timothy was saddened by this and quoted John 14 to Laxmi, telling her about Jesus’ love for all of us.
Laxmi was overjoyed by what she heard. She said to Timothy, “No-one has ever loved me that much. I have never before received a free gift from anyone, but today my life has changed!”
She thanked pastor Timothy, and now she is a regular member of his church.
In addition, in May, a team of medical professionals and volunteers connected with our local church leaders conducted a free medical camp in a remote village called Kolluru. Here we provided free medical consultations and medicine for more than 100 needy people over a five day period.
In another village called Thoorpugudem a Global Action team provided special post-natal checks, as well as training in hygiene and wellbeing. In addition, the team provided nutrition and supplies for babies and mothers. Other basic supplies were provided for 52 families.
We believe that the best way to develop communities is to train local leaders. In the case of the projects above we are seeing this to be the case.