India is the second most populated country in the world, one-third of which is children. Most are living in poverty. A recent survey report on child malnutrition released by the Indian Prime Minister Dr. Man Mohan Singh, says, “Every third malnourished child is an Indian.”
Jesus said in Mathew 19:14, “Let the children come to me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such have these.” These words show clearly the place children occupy in God’s heart. It becomes our duty to help these kids in some way not only spiritually but also physically.
We are deeply grateful to Voice of the Martyrs which funded the purchase of 2,069 kits which we distributed to poor and needy Christian children around Christmas time. This kits contained winter clothing such as sweater and/or jacket, towel set, tooth paste and brush, shampoo, play items, pencil and note book, Jesus story books and a New Testament. In some areas we were also able to provide a backpack for school and/or winter blankets and play items like soccer balls and badminton sets.
For the distribution our the local pastor of each area selected the most needy children from among the believers and asked them to assemble at the home or grounds where the Sunday church meeting is conducted. The children and their families were so excited, they gathered before the appointed time. Our distribution team arrived and handed out the kits to the children. Sometimes snacks were also provide. With great joy the children opened their kits and admired the different items they had received.
Many children said they have never ever received a gift like this in their life. Some didn’t even know the meaning of “gift.” In the village, because of poverty there is no such thing as birthday presents. As parents are just struggling to provide food on the table, even such a small thing as a candy bar is foreign to these village children. Some were amazed even to receive the toothbrush and toothpaste. In the village tooth brushes are a new thing and very hard for the villagers to afford or else not available near to their home.
Also the winter clothing was urgently needed as this was an extra cold and long winter. Many of the children didn’t have a jacket but only a sweater. Others were wearing a torn, worn-out jacket that they was also far too small for then.
By providing these gifts to the children, the parents also saw the love of Christ and were encouraged to bring their children regularly to the Sunday worship and to participate in church activities for their spiritual growth.
This is the first time in our ministry that anyone has enabled us to provide needed items like this on a large scale to the village believers’ children. We pray that God will pour out abundant blessings on VOM. We appreciate the open heart that you have for the needy children. By blessing these children you are investing in the Kingdom of God. “If anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.” Mt. 10:42.