- Location: Manipur, India
- Home Capacity: 60 Children
The Mata Hope Home in Manipur, India was started in the year 2000 with 23 children. Today, by the grace of God, it is currently home to 56 children! The story of the Mata Hope Home (“Mata” is the local word for “mother”) is truly the story of its founder and leader, Margaret. She graduated from the Hopegivers Bible College in 2000.
Margaret was born and brought up in northeast India in the state of Manipur. In the early 1920’s an American missionary came to Manipur and shared the Gospel with the villagers. It was through this missionary that Margaret’s parents became Christians. As a child she had a difficult time understanding about who God is, but Margaret eventually accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Savior in 1985 during a seminar at Chandel Christian Baptist Church. That is when her life was completely transformed. It was at that time she dedicated her whole life to serving the Lord in ministry.
Margaret decided that she did not want to get married. She did not want to worry about taking care of a family. She only wanted to devote herself fully to the work of the Lord. She says, “I don’t regret that I didn’t get married. I’m happy about my life and exalt His name for what He has done in my life. I have dedicated my whole life to serving Him.”
When she first began her studies for ministry, she went to the Presbyterian Seminary in India. From there she came to Hopegivers’ Emmanuel Bible Institute in Kota. That is where she graduated with a Bachelor in Theology degree in 1990. After graduation she served at the Bible Institute for 2 years.
In 1992, Dr. M. A. Thomas asked her to serve as a teacher in the school and as the girl’s leader at the nearby Kripa Hope Home. It turned out to be a very tough year for Margaret. Her father became very ill and went home to be with the Lord. In addition, her brother was murdered during a communal clash between warring tribes. When she heard of all of the difficulties back home in Manipur, Margaret wanted to return home to stay with her family. At home she continued to serve the Lord by teaching Sunday school and preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the women in the surrounding area. The Lord began to stir in her heart a desire to start a Hopegivers Hope Home. Upon receiving permission, she started the Mata Hope Home with 23 children in 2000.
Today, by God’s grace, Margaret leads the Mata Hope Home which currently houses 56 children! She has experienced many challenges in life, but Margaret does not ask “why”. She says, “I know that challenges come in order to strengthen me in the fear and wisdom of the Lord. When times of crisis have come into the ministry, I have felt like giving up, but I am always reminded and encouraged by the testimonies of Dr. M. A. Thomas and Dr. Samuel Thomas. I think about how they live their life for Jesus in the midst of so many challenges.” She says, “I also remember that I am not doing the ministry work in order to get credit from other people. I am doing this work because God put the burden and the heart for this work into my heart.”
Margaret says, “My vision is to reach out to the youth with the love of Jesus by meeting their physical, mental, and spiritual needs. I want to raise them to reach out to the rest of the world.”
Margaret is doing just that! Many of the children that she has cared for have grown up and are preparing to attend Hopegivers’ Emmanuel Theological Seminary so they too can serve in the ministry.