Two Years of Transformation

This week’s ROOM contributor is Ali, our Country Director of Reach Out Orphanage Ministries’ programs in India. Ali advocates passionately for the children of India through her leadership of ROOM India’s Orphanage Care program, and through the day care center she started.  This day care program has prevented many children from being abandoned by empowering parents to provide for their families.  We are so thankful for her heart that so brightly shines the light of Christ! You have heard from Ali here.
I used to pray on a daily basis that God would break my heart for what breaks His.  I didn’t quite know what I was asking when I prayed this, but I knew I didn’t want to remain idle.  I wanted my heart to break so much that my hands and feet had no option but to move in response.  This prayer is the reason I moved to India. While living at Bethel Children’s Home in Orissa, India, God answered this prayer in ways I never would have dreamed.
A few minutes walk from Bethel’s Campus is a small slum area, Tikerapada, that is home to over 1,500 people.  For the first few months, I was not allowed to visit this area because it is unsafe.  In Tikerpada, theft, domestic violence, assault, prostitution, child labor, Christian persecution, idol worship, and many other dangerous activities are common.  Within weeks of living at Bethel, my heart became deeply burdened and broken for the people of Tikerpada.
1st day of the BDDC
I would spend hours each week on our rooftop in intercessory prayer for these people, begging the Lord for their salvation and asking Him what He wanted me to see and do.

I asked lots of questions.  I researched.  I prayed for insight from the Lord.  Through this, I began to understand that at the age of 5 many children in this village would become “orphans” as their parents sent them away to local orphanages to receive an education and good nutrition.  This left a huge gap for children between the ages of 2 and 5. These children, at such a young age, would be roaming the dangerous streets alone while their parents tried to earn a living.  It was with this understanding that I began to ask permission, and later, be allowed to spend time in Tikerapada.  Over time, I built relationships with many families there.  Through those relationships, I began to understand the need for a safe place for young children to go during the day.

With the burden and vision to “Develop and holistically transform entire villages through educating and equipping children and parents,” and with my desire to see Tikerapada know the love of Jesus, I launched the Bethel Day Care Center in January 2014.  Looking back at this time, I realize how crazy I was:  At 20 years old, I jumped all in and took on full responsibility for 70 children and their families.  I didn’t quite know what I was doing or how in the world I would come up with $1,000+ each month, but I trusted with all of my heart that the Lord would provide for these children, and that is exactly what He has done. 

Looking bacbethel day care center beginningk at the start of Bethel Day Care Center, I have tears streaming down my face as I reflect on what the Lord has made possible.   He has taken 70 children who were headed towards life in an orphanage or on the streets, and has given them a true hope for the future and the knowledge of eternal life.  A village that I once was not even allowed near is now a place where I feel safe, welcomed, and loved. This dangerous village is slowly becoming a safer home for each child as the Lord continues to transform not only the hearts of children, but of entire families.

Today I celebrate the ways that our good, good Father responds to the cries of our hearts and the ways He moves mountains so those who are lost can come to know His love.  Today I celebrate the lives that have been transformed over the last two years and I celebrate the fact that there are still greater things to come.    Please continue to pray with me that each family would accept Jesus Christ as their savior, that the cycle of poverty would be broken within this generation, and that lives would continue to be transformed for His glory!

BDCC Today

If you are interested in financially supporting ROOM’s programs in India please visit http://makeroom.org/donate.php to make an online donation, or mail a check to P.O. Box 5882, Concord, NC 28027.  We are thankful for your continued support!

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