Children Matter to God
Children Matter to God

Pastor David clutched the microphone. His hands were shaking. Confession can be so difficult, especially for a pastor. With his head bowed and his eyes closed tightly, he prayed this prayer before his congregation: “Father, please forgive my ignorance and my pride.” Before Pastor David came to know the Lord, his name was Sarveshwar, a name… Read more »

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Broken Window Unbroken Love
Broken Window Unbroken Love

The window crashed when the football hit it, and Joseph ran and hid. Sound familiar? It’s tough to confess when we break something—literally or figuratively. Mr. Angam runs The Children’s Home in Manipur, a state in northeastern India. It was there that he found Joseph, a toddler abandoned at the local hospital. Even though that… Read more »

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Leaving Her Worries in God’s Hands

Since the death of her father and burdened with the cost of her sister’s college tuition, the financial strains in Shirisha’s home are many. Her mother is doing the best she can as a municipal worker, cleaning the roads in her town. But often the neighbors raise concerns about how Shirisha and her family will… Read more »

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The Lord is His Shepherd
The Lord is His Shepherd

Lazarus is 13 years old. His father left his mother to marry another woman, abandoning him and his younger sister. But Lazarus’s father refused to provide any sort of assistance, leaving the burden of responsibility solely on their mother. But their mother had fallen into sin and in time passed away after contracting the deadly… Read more »

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A God Who Hears
A God Who Hears

Saraswathi’s life has been one of poverty, violence and abandonment. At just ten years of age, she and her sisters fled their father to be safe. For many years they had to depend on their grandparents and the benevolence of their aunts and uncles for their survival. Saraswathi began attending a J127 club in India…. Read more »

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Standing up to Bullies
Standing up to Bullies

Pushapa Raju comes from a Christian family, although he lives in Vijayawada, India, where the predominant religion is Hinduism. Pushapa Raju participates in the Santosh Club, a J127 club held in a slum colony where people live in extreme poverty. Because of their faith, Pushapa Raju and some of the younger children from their community… Read more »

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Experiencing God's Love in a Slum
Experiencing God’s Love in a Slum

In the slums of Vijayawada, India, Ravi Teja followed his mother to church. She had recently accepted the Lord into her life, and her joy and happiness as a Christian had captured his attention. After converting to Christianity himself, Ravi Teja felt a calling from God to invest in the lives of the underprivileged who… Read more »

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Never Giving Up Again
Never Giving Up Again

After his father’s murder, Deepak’s life was in grave danger. Because he was next on the list to be killed, his mother sent him into hiding far away at an orphanage called The Kristos Home. But this transition to an English speaking lifestyle, along with his struggle to trust complete strangers (with whom he couldn’t… Read more »

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Carrying Tea, Coffee, and the Hope of God
Carrying Tea, Coffee, and the Hope of God

Bishu works in a small roadside restaurant in India, carrying tea and coffee to customers as a way to help support his two siblings and his parents. At the age of seven, Bishu’s mother pulled him out of school after his father died. But because the family needed his meager income, Bishu was more than… Read more »

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Martyr in the Making
Martyr in the Making

“It’s not always safe to follow Jesus”, said Uncle Yohanna, stunning the little children with his statement. This lesson is from David C Cook’s Life on Life curriculum used in the J127 clubs. The children were learning about Stephen and how he was stoned to death for preaching about Christ and his resurrection. Uncle Yohanna… Read more »

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