- Location: West Bengal, India
- Number of Children: 24 (19 boys & 5 girls)
The children at the Susamachar Hope Home – the local word for Gospel – are simply amazing: athletic, diverse, joyful, boisterous, appropriately mischievous, smart and talented just to name a few of their many characteristics. The leadership here is excellent–doing the best they can with what little they have. Many of the children in this Hope Home are from a tribal background. Generally, in the surrounding areas the children stop going to school (if they had a chance to go to school in the first place) around 10-12 years old and begin working as laborers to make ends meet for their families. People in this war torn village are extremely poor and uneducated. Girls, who generally do not attend school in this region, typically get married by 13 years old with dowries playing a big role in the marriages. Also, alcoholism is a large part of life for the men in this village. All this culminates into a very difficult situation for children.
The pastor over Susamachar graduated from our main Bible College before going to serve the Lord in this area in northern India. He began the Hope Home in 1998 with just 10 children; today there are over 20. The pastor has great compassion for children and he feels that it is the church’s responsibility, not the government’s or society’s, duty to give the children a future. The parents of most of the children at the Hope Home have died of diseases (Malaria, TB, Typhoid etc….).
Pastor had gun shot wounds from anti-Christian element in the area when he began this ministry. It is no surprise that worship of the Lord and obedience to Him are the 2 keys for the success of this Hope Home. When people come to know Christ, there is a big transformation in their lives. That transformation is the way they are seen in the communities.