WHO WILL GO?
Orphaned, abandoned and the at-risk all grown up!
…I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ Then I said, ‘Here am I; send me’” (Isaiah 6:8).
The majority of our Bible students come to us as orphans when they are very small. They grow up in our Hope Homes where they learn about the love of God. At some point they make a personal decision to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Most choose to go to Bible College and become servant leaders – Pioneer Missionaries in the ministry. Others, also abandoned and at-risk, come to us as persecuted teenagers. They heard the Good News of eternal life through one of our older Bible students or pastors and accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Because of their new found faith, their families rejected and disowned them. Some even have their lives threatened like a young man we will call Adam.
Threatened by family…
Adam was a young teenager who learned of God’s love and became a Christian. When he told his family they beat him and threw him out of the home. Within days they sent a family member to find and kill him for disgracing their family. Adam fled to Dr. M. A. Thomas and the ministry protected him.
Adam decided to go to Bible College. In Bible College he met a young orphan girl and they married. Dr. Samuel, thinking the family would want to meet their new daughter-in-law, called the family and invited them to the wedding. They told Dr. Samuel that they no longer had a son. As far as they were concerned, he was dead!
Prior to being rescued by the ministry, Adam had been repeatedly beaten. The many beatings left his body with many physical problems over the years. Years later he died of a heart attack and was promoted to heaven. Dr. Samuel, once again, called the family and invited them to the funeral. He thought they might want to meet Adam’s wife and their three grandchildren. They said “No! Our son died a long time ago to us.” Adam’s widow and their children have been cared for ever since through the ministry.
These young people understand the sacrifice involved when Jesus is the Lord of their life!
Dr. M. A. Thomas, Founder…
At the beginning of the ministry while Dr. Thomas was traveling all over North India from city to city and village to village sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ, he saw the millions who had never even heard the name of Jesus! He knew that it would be impossible for one individual to reach all of them with the Word of God. After reading D. L. Moody’s autobiography, he decided that this famous evangelist had the right idea. It is better to train 10 men who will each go out and train 10 more then it would be for any one individual to try to reach 100 men. This approach made sense to Dr. Thomas, who began to pray and think about how Emmanuel/Hopegivers could do the same thing. He continued to be burdened during prayer with Matthew 9:36-38:
“But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith He unto His disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth laborers into His harvest.”
First Bible Institute…
Dr. Thomas opened the first Emmanuel/Hopegivers Bible Institute in 1972. Although he did not have any financial support, the Lord confirmed this bold move by providing all that was needed to train the first five students. Dr. M. A. Thomas said:
“My purpose in establishing the Bible Institute was to train young men and women to become Pioneer Missionaries and entrust them with the responsibility of fulfilling the Great Commission to ‘go and make disciples of all nations.’”
Thousands of Gospel plants…
The Lord blessed these small beginnings and Hopegivers now has 45 Bible Institutes all over India. There have been tens of thousands of graduates, who have become Pioneer Missionaries pastoring fellowships in the tens of thousands. By the grace of God, the number increases every year. Our desire is to one day have the Word of God shared and a fellowship established in every village in India. Please pray for and partner with us to accomplish this great task.
We train servant leaders, earthen vessels in which God has placed His treasure of salvation. Jesus looks for the available – those who enthusiastically respond to His call: “Here am I, send me!”
Real treasure is often hidden in vessels most would not consider valuable. That is why God uses the orphaned, abandoned and at-risk children rescued from the streets. They come to us broken and weak. An orphan is an orphan whether they are a cute two year old or a desperate and abused 16 year old teen. Who better to understand grace than these who have been rejected and abused by their own families? They return the compassion given to them when they come across others who are broken in body and spirit.
Sense of Urgency…
There is a real sense of urgency to our work. We must work to train as many as possible while it is still day, because the night cometh soon! We want ALL to have the opportunity to know the love of Christ. The more young people we can train to be Pioneer Missionaries, the more people will hear about the love of Christ before Jesus returns.
We work to earn the right…
At Hopegivers we work daily: rescuing, feeding, clothing, educating and providing shelter in order to earn the right to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Is there a better way to spend our days?