Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you. (James 1:27 NTL)
Two years ago Phillip decided to start a church in his home town and resigned his position with World Relief. This meant leaving a good and reliable income that provide for his family to a calling that gave him no income or security. But Phillip knew he needed to reach his family, friends and neighbor and share his faith with them. He learned about an organization called Life Mission India that was helping teach and equip men and women to how to start and lead churches. He was accepted into their training program.
Last spring I was talking with Raj of Aroma Ministries and founder of Life Mission India if he knew of someone that could help us oversee or initiatives in Rhema’s village. He shared that he knew of a man in a nearby village that had recently completed the first module of training and knew he had worked at World Vision.
Unlike America most India pastors are bi-vocational. Many work another job during the day so that they can share their faith during the evenings and on the weekends.
So, we hired him to help lead and oversee our efforts in Rhema’s village. Each morning, Phillip jumps on his motorcycle and travels the 10 kilometers to this village. Twelve months ago before Phillip arrive the lives of 35 and 50 baby girls were lost each year. Today that number is almost zero!
Phillip has lead the way with our water projects, our school and kitchen renovations, our prenatal and newborn care initiatives, taking our village census and leading the discussion on how we will use agricultural development to not only stabilize this village financially but so that the village can own the cultural change that values the lives of females.
It is no coincidence that Phillip is from the same caste as most families from Rhema’s village. Phillip understands how they think and they respect him immensely. Our job is not done yet but Phillip is clicking off metrics at a speed that is amazing to watch.
Pastor Phillip’s home church continues to grow and thrive. Hopefully, in part because he is able to live out the gospel each day not only in his home town but a small village just 10 kilometers down a dusty road.
I believe there are people just like Phillip all over South India and they are the key to how we are going to bring value, hope and opportunity to the girl child and end the practice of female infanticide.
Friends, it is going to happen and I am asking you to be a part of it! Link to “How Can I Help” and be a part of something worthy of your time and effort.