September 17, 2012
I have donated to Mission India for the past 5 years, having appreciated their mission and ministry only from the literature I have seen. In July 2012, I had an opportunity to visit India, so I asked if it would be possible to see their work in action. They arranged for me to visit an adult literacy class in a remote village. We arrived at dusk to a group of about 30 adults meeting outdoors. I saw that the group greatly valued the literacy, math lessons, and simple trade skills that were offered by Mission India. Several of the students shared their stories with me via a translator. I felt quite privileged to have them share their touching stories with me. Some were sold into slavery as children, some were abandoned by their spouses and left to care for the children with no skills or source of income, some suffered from health issues that kept them from schooling. All expressed great appreciation for the free education that Mission India was providing. This education gave them back their dignity and allowed them to live independently. But, the greatest value of this training was that they came to know their Lord and Savior in the process. The students told me that knowing Jesus has provided them with hope, purpose, and a future. The expressions on their faces told me much more than their words - that they had found true joy through this program. Mission India has found a very effective means of reaching the lost while teaching valuable skills. I applaud their strategy and I praise God for the fruit that they produce!
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