- Location: Rajasthan, India
- Home Capacity: 50 Children
The Paani (the local word for “water”) Hope Home was started in 2003 with 50 children by Pastor Madhu, who has served with Hopegivers for over 15 years. Not long after the start of the Hope Home, the local Christians began experiencing persecution on a large scale. The anti-Christians accused Pastor Madhu of forcing people, including the children he cared for, to convert to Christianity.
Finally, in 2006, after a young child in the Hope died of typhoid, the local government accused him of killing the child. Madhu was in prison for almost a year, where he was tortured. The prison officers hung him upside down naked, beat him and put blades in his bed. They asked what he had gained through Christianity besides a thrashing.
In spite of all this, Madhu never lost faith in the Lord. His reply to the officers’ question was, “I get nothing else but peace by doing this.” He preached the Gospel to the other prisoners at every opportunity. He preached to 2,000 people and gave baptism to 10; each time the officers would beat him. After all the persecution he suffered in prison, Madhu says without any sadness, “I will not leave preaching, even if I am threatened to death.”
Today Pastor Madhu oversees 135 pastors and 5,000 believers in his area. He has baptized over 500 people. He raises money for the Hope Home and his family by visiting the homes of believers.
Today, Paani Hope Home is still quite hard to reach. Paani is located in a remote area of Rajasthan, India at a high altitude. The distance to any city and the tough climb back to the Hope Home make it especially hard for Pastor Madhu to reach more people with the Gospel. But recently we were able to help build a church and bore well near Paani. Now the local Christians do not have to travel an hour for church and fresh, clean water is always available. The children and Pastor Madhu are thankful to the donors and praise God for His provision.