One of the highlights on our trip to India last week was a surprise gathering Raj and Prema coordinated for us with 10 of the foster families living near Madurai.
Each of these girls have a unique story but each was snatched from sure death shortly after their births. Each one of these girls was at best tossed aside by their birth parents and left to die just because they were born a girl child. Rescued by Aroma Ministries they have now been placed with loving and caring foster families. Loved and secure they sleep peacefully in their new mother’s arms.
Foster care is a new concept in India. The test pilot program has seen amazing results. We are in the initial stages of developing an aggressive training program that will train and equip thousands of churches and tens of thousands of church families to do the same.
We realize it will take time and effort to shift the cultural mindset that places little to no value in the girl child. Consequently, the Indian foster family is the next best solution to having the child remain with her natural born parents. Foster family care can be duplicated and replicated all over India for the fraction of the cost for a girl child to live in an orphanage. Plus, I believe it gives the church and its members a calling worth chasing after.