Love goes the distance.
India Discipleship Network is now part of Agape Asia. In addition to caring for vulnerable and sharing Good News, one of our primary goals has always been to help our partners in India to become self-supporting, self-governing and self-propagating.
Agape Childrens Home
Twenty orphans (whose parents died in the AIDS epidemic a few years ago) are being cared for by Ramu (a worker at TPG School) and his wife Ganga in a new facility (still incomplete) which includes living quarters, a room for boys and one for girls while also serving as the meeting place for the local church. A church in America provided funds to partially complete the building, another donor built outside showers and toilets, and IDN drilled a well on the property. The local community helps support the Home with food supplies and other assistance from time to time. The children attend public schools where the late Jacob Chukka, founder of the TPG school, once attended. These children are well cared for and happy to be one big family.
Bethany Girls Home
Many girls are abandoned by their families in India. And it’s culturally accepted due to the liability of raising a girl. Seventy-two of these abandoned girls receive the physical, emotional, educational and spiritual attention they need with the loving care of the Bethany Girls Home. It was founded by an Indian Christian and his wife who, soon after their conversion, sold their home to buy land, build a facility and dedicate their lives to caring for these girls. The sad reality is that keeping up with the sheer number of abandoned girls is increasingly difficult.
Living Deeds Ministry
The leaders of this ministry care for needy children, lead a Rural Preachers Network, empowers women with sewing skills, and disciple young men & women to reach unreached people in their region. We are supporting this ministry through preparation and funding of a sustainability project that provides leaders with ongoing funding from their own business.
Love Your Neighbor as Yourself
Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we are now constructing a new building in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh that will serve as a girls home, community center, and school for almost 200 children.
TPG Christian School
The school was started in 1989 by Jacob Chukka. Upon receiving an inheritance. he purchased a defunct private school property in his hometown of Tadepalligudem (TPG). The school started with 30 students and two teachers charging no tuition (even “public” schools in India charge tuition). Jacob wanted poor children to have the opportunity for a Christian education. The school has since grown to 400 students from kindergarten through the tenth grade with 22 teachers and support staff. The students take the standardized state tests and always perform well above the average. Bible classes are taught daily at all grade levels. The school is accredited by the Andhra Pradesh state Board of Education. In 2009 the facility was totally renovated adding a new two-story primary building. Since then a science lab, library and computer lab have been added.
Transform East Alliance
TEA is bring the Good News to unreached people groups in north-east India through a multiplying network of leaders. As leaders plant new groups, Agape is able to fund Children’s Clubs in partnership with local believers. These clubs provide education and physical care for children, while opening doors to share more Good News in these communities.
Water Wells Ministry
Clean and safe drinking water is a great need in India. Many communities (especially rural villages) do not have a source for clean water. They often have no choice but to use river, canal or pond water for all their water needs. Providing clean water from deep borewells gives local Christians an opportunity to share that water with the community while demonstrating the love of God for all people. The wells are drilled on existing church property and maintained by the local church members. FREE water is made available to all families in the community. This leads to inquiries about “Why are you doing this?” The response is, “This well was provided by the God of creation who loves everyone and asks Christians to share His love and blessings with our neighbors.” Water wells often create a new cooperative spirit between the church and local families, decreasing the normal stress between Christians, Hindus and Muslims. The average cost to drill a deep well, connect an electric pump, electrical and plumbing connections and installing a large storage tank is $3,500. Where electricity is not available a mechanical pump is installed.
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