The past week God has highlighted the schools that our lovely CCDC children attend. All of the children are getting a spectacular education, with the hope that they will end the cycle of poverty in their family. The education level and language importance in India is very different from North American Schooling. First off, India’s national languages are Hindi and English, however, most the time those languages are never peoples mother languages especially if they are from the southern proveniences such as Andhre Pardesh. Typically each state has their own language that is spoken there, for our province the mother language is Telugu. This is where bondage starts for poor uneducated families and why a good education is so vital to the vision of freedom.
There are three different types of schools in India; government schools, private schools, and corporate schools. Government run schools are free but have a very low education level. They usually never teach in any other language than their mother language. Private schools are becoming more popular throughout India and provide a more substantial education but with a price of about 300 dollars a year. These schools however, are teaching their students English and Hindi along with other needed subjects at a quicker rate then government schools. The best schools are Corporate schools. These schools are funded by business that hope to educate children and provide them with jobs in there corporation. These schools make English and Hindi languages a mandatory for all classes. They are also using the latest curriculum for their students raising their test scores significantly. However, these schools are very expensive costing around 600 dollars a year and more as the student gets older. All CCDC children are going to English medium private schools, but our vision is to send all of these children to corporate schools then to collage and university, giving them a chance to break the bondage of poverty over their life for good.
Many times the most impoverished placed in India are the remote villages where there are very limited opportunities to a suitable education. Most of these families are only making about five dollars a day for there families so, that leaves little to no room for education. Many of these children know it is not even a dream they can have, because there is no way to afford even public schooling. If a child does not have any education and can not speak any English or Hindi they have a slim chance of ever being able to leave their small village in hopes to liberate themselves and their families from the chain of poverty. This is where ICM’s vision is focused on. Covenant Child Development Centers was designed to give poor children in villages a chance to break free from poverty and the risk of child labor and sex trade. Not only that we want to equip these children with the most powerful tool of all-the Word of God. With the grace of God, these children will one day be the next leaders of India.
We hope to encourage these children daily to push forward and continue to get amazing test scores and show the world that there is hope. Their lives are an encouragement for there parents, other peers and younger children that there is a change for freedom. They are teaching the world to dream, dream for the impossible and to lean of the Lord for their strength and wisdom to get there. I have no doubt these children will one day be world changers and will give all the glory to their heavenly Father.
Like every month, CCDC pastors and CCDC teachers come to Ongole to have the Monthly Meeting. Pastors traveled from every corner of the Ongole district to take part in this meeting. For this Monthly Meeting every one brought their updates, testimonies, and shared the needs of their centers.
We have 28 CCDC homes in Prakasham District, Andrapradesh. In each CCDC Center we have 25 children; which gives us 700 children who are getting an English Medium Education through CCDC. There is a lot of hard work and care from the roll of pastoring and teaching in the community. In CCDC we do our best to maintain good fellows with the parents and village community leader.
Moreover, all this vision of CCDC is to improve the These churches form a base from which ICM engages in various service activities aimed at improving the living conditions of the poor in India, irrespective of caste, creed or religionby giving a quality English Medium Education to their children. By HIS will from this year we have succeeded in sending all of the 700 children to English Medium Schools!
This program is not only helping the standards of these children and there community, but is also showing Christ our God in hopes of leading people to Him!
Needs and blessing!
We are also very thankful to all of our prayer partners and sponsors who are helping and standing with us in this ministry. Indian villages always struggle with power outages during the day and because of this all of our CCDC centers have to run in the evening. But by your prayers and help, our children now have the Re-Chargeable Battery lights! Giving them the ability to get their studies done in the powerless hours of the day!
CCDC July monthly meeting, Distribution of Rechargeable lights …..
We are also very thankful to all the prayer partners and sponsors by blessing the Centers with your valuable prayer and contribution of white boards! As we know it is a very essential thing to have a main place to teach the class from. Keeping the Children on pace with one another and learning as a unit. We prayed for Blackboards but God had a better blessing in store and we received Whiteboards!
God will give Best to HIS children.’
But with His grace this month all of our CCDC centers have gotten the dust free
good quality Whiteboards.
Presenting a Whiteboard to one of our CCDC centers.
Provision distribution :
After this meeting every one moved to the market to get their groceries for food distribution. Now all of the CCDC centers have got groceries for the Children!
CCDC pastors and teachers taking their provisions in Auto-Rikshaw…
We thank you ALWAYS for you prayer and support!
May HIS grace and peace be with you!
April, 2013. In most of India, the months of April, May, and June are synonymous with hot weather. Temperatures have been steadily rising for the last few weeks and will soon reach their peak in May at about 110 degrees Fahrenheit! Many parts of the country experience severe water shortages throughout the summer season and the threat of heat stroke, dehydration and malnourishment is at it’s highest.
At CCDC, the administrative teams are faced with an extra challenge this time of year to secure enough food, water and provision for the children at each Development Center. At the monthly gathering this past Monday, the leaders and pastors from each center met at ICM headquarters to discuss plans for summer vacation, food provisions and the upcoming school year.
A morning of fellowship and group worship was followed by a time of prayer and the sharing of testimonies. It is always encouraging to see the ways that God is moving in each community through the various development centers.
Our hearts were filled with gratitude and praise as we distributed food allotments and budgets to each CCDC leader. This year, because of faithful donors and increased monthly support, we were able to make a few changes in the daily meal provisions for each center. In addition to rice, sambar and curries, the new plan provides each child with an egg at every meal and portions of chicken each week. The increased protein in their diets will greatly help to strengthen their bodies, keeping them healthy throughout the hot summer months.
In a season that is known for its shortages, challenges and difficulties, God has blessed us with an abundance of provision. He continues to pour out his faithfulness on our ministry and all of the children that it serves.
Please consider becoming involved with one of our 29 Child Development Centers. Your prayers and support allow us to bless children in India who desperately need to know their Savior’s love. For more information, click here: http://ccdc-india.com/how-you-can-help/
In India, the medium for higher education and most professional careers is English. Not all primary schools, however, are taught in English medium. Students in the state of Andhra Pradesh who attend Telugu medium schools therefore have little to no chance of ever leaving their villages or obtaining anything beyond a primary education.
Statistics say that “about six million students (40% of all enrolled students) from non-metropolitan India enter the system every year and fail to achieve their educational goals because they are unable to cope with English.” (Economic and Political weekly)
Given these facts, the educational goals of Covenant Child Development Centers have always been two fold.
1. Identify children in the community that are at risk of forced labor or trafficking and provide them with the means to go to school
2. Transition children that are currently studying in Telugu medium schools to English medium schools.
As we move into Spring Quarter and look ahead to the next school year, our team is working hard to ensure enrollment and adequate preparation for every CCDC child to study in the English medium schools that exist in their various villages and communities. Generous support and donations help to cover the cost of private school fees and to provide summer English tutoring for children that have never studied in English medium.
Please pray for our team as they work through the logistics of enrollment and fees for the 29 Development Centers and consider supporting a child or a CCDC this coming school year! Click here to find out more about how you can donate: http://ccdc-india.com/how-you-can-help/
“The fastest way to change society is to mobilize the women of the world!”
Early this morning India Christian Ministries hosted a rally and march in honor of International Women’s Day. More than 50 women gathered together to celebrate the victories of mothers, wives and daughters and to take a stand against battles yet to be won.
The devaluation of women and social domination of men still continues to prevail in India. Even though, in much of Indian society, women are the one’s working the fields, raising their children and providing for their families, they are rarely recognized, and often seen as a burden to society.
Having a son is socially and economically preferable in India, in part due to the belief that women are consumers rather than producers and are commonly associated with illiteracy and poverty. From birth, daughters are costly to their parents and reap little benefit for their families in marriage. Female feticide (abortion of female babies), infanticide and dowry murders have all contributed to the annihilation of more than 50 million women from India’s population in the last 3 generations.
Gang rapes, sexual harassment and sex-trafficking are other major problems in India that still have yet to be fully addressed. News headlines and anti-slavery organizations host an unbelievable number of stories and statistics on the injustice that is still occurring amongst women in the 21st century.
Although there have been achievements in the last few years to protect the rights of women, there is still a long road ahead. Today, the women at ICM made their voices known. As they marched down the street their shouts of unity and encouragement were mingled with cries to end the violence and murders of women occurring around the country.
“Women unite, we are the light!”, “Stop the killing of our daughters!” “Stop the attacks of men!”
“If you educate a women, you educate a family, a generation and a nation.”
Programs like CCDC seek to stop these problems before they have a chance to infect the next generation. Through education, equality treatment and biblical discipleship we can instill a sense of dignity in young boys and girls and give them the motivation they need to be a part of the change.
Join us today in appreciation and celebration of the women of the past, present and future that have taken, and will continue taking big steps towards justice in India! Happy Women’s Day from CCDC!
I once heard the ministry of a child described a ‘holy play.’ This term resinated with me because I believe that children truly can worship the Lord through play- using their bodies, working hard, learning and expressing joy.
I have noticed that on the monthly report updates we receive from CCDC teachers, Kho-Kho is by far the ‘favorite game’ of most CCDC children. So, I decided to do some research.
After asking several of our kids, browsing Wikipedia, and even pla
ying a round myself, I got the scoop on this much loved sport.
Here is the basic ‘How-To’:
There are two teams: The chasers and the defenders. Chasers line the middle of the field, each facing a different direction. Their goal is to ‘tag’ the three defenders as quick as possible. Only one chaser can be ‘active’ at a time, and each chaser can only run on the side of the field he is facing. Defenders, however are always active, and can run in any direction. Chasers tag each other ‘in’ and ‘out’ depending on the location of the defender.
Like most Indian games, it is simple, inexpensive and enjoyable. The intense pace of the game, however, requires physical fitness, speed, stamina and strength. The game develops qualities such as obedience, discipline, sportsmanship, and loyalty between team members.
Try playing a round of Kho-Kho in your community and join your Indian brothers and sisters in Holy Play. God is pleased when we exercise, express joy and play together!
Thanks to the children at CCDC for the lesson!
India Christian Ministries Celebrates Their 16th Anniversary With the Dedication of a New Building.
Joy emanated from the building as beautifully colored Sari’s and crisp white collared shirts came pouring in. Smoke was already rising from the tents where the feast was being prepared for that evening and the sound of voices singing was audible well before the program was set to begin.
ICM director, James Rabbavarapu, along with many other faithful ICM supporters, started praying over the space, architecture and financing for the cross building years before it would come to fruition. Friday night, as the final touches were being put on, and the dedication ribbon was being tied, the building stood completed as a testament to God’s faithfulness.
India Christian Ministries has grown exponentially over the last few years, with an added 1200 new pastors being trained and commissioned just this year. The graduation of 400 of these Pastors was celebrated at the dedication service and a time of worship, thanksgiving and celebration followed.
The new space will serve a variety of different ministry purposes, including pastor training, child fellowship, office space, conferences and worship gatherings. Those of us serving with children’s ministries, however, are especially excited about the new, much larger space. This building is the perfect place for Children to be children- to run around, play, worship, learn and grow.
On behalf of CCDC we could like to dedicate this building:
To the discipleship and care of the children of Andhra Pradesh
To the voices of children that worship God through song
To the feet of children that worship God through Dance
To the mind of children that worship God through their studies
To the bodies of children that worship God through Play and
To the spirit’s of children who trust in God’s provision
Thanks for Celebrating with us! We are praying that God would double our efforts this year, that the number of rescued children, baptized believers, churches, and leaders would increase ten fold. God’s work in India is swift and mighty. Greater things are yet to come.
Four Ways We Can BLESS our CCDC’s This Year
Please join us in prayer as we seek to bless our CCDC’s this year. Pray that God would continue looking upon us with favor and that we would be good stewards of His faithfulness. If I have learned one thing from my Indian brothers and sisters it is that God responds greatly to those who trust in him to provide.
“A little boy was having difficulty lifting a heavy stone.
His father came along just then.
Noting the boy’s failure, he asked, “Are you using all your strength?”
“Yes, I am,” the little boy said impatiently.
“No, you are not,” the father answered.
“I am right here just waiting, and you haven’t asked me to help you.”
“And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. (Luke 11:9-10)”
If you would like to make a financial donation towards the CCDC fund, visit the donation page on our website: http://ccdc-india.com/how-you-can-help/
THE WHAT: Once a month the pastors from each of our centers travel from their respective villages to meet together at ICM for a day of fellowship, prayers and food distribution. Some of the leaders travel over 4 hours to be a part of the day and pick up their supplies.
At the gathering pastors turn in monthly updates for their sponsors, share testimonies and talk about the specific needs of each center. After assisting the meeting myself, however, it is clear that the real highlight of the day is the chance to pray and worship together as a team. You have not experienced prayer until you have a multitude of faithful village pastors laying hands on, and interceding for you in Telugu. The men and women that are called to pastor a village church in India are the type of Christians who understand what it means to live by faith. There is no denying the fact that the seven hundred children involved in CCDC are fed and sustained, not by the work of any man, but through the grace and power of their Creator.
THE HOW: Money is distributed and everyone heads towards the market. Each pastor loads up his vehicle with enough rice, noodles, spices and vegetables for the month and they start off on their journey home. Have you ever wanted to support mission work overseas but wondered exactly how your monthly donations are being used? Well, let me tell you, there is no greater way to have financial accountability than to actually go to the market and see for yourself! With the equivalent of roughly $122 a month, each pastor can provide daily meals for all of their center’s children. That’s about 20 cents per child, per meal. Pretty amazing.
WANT TO GET INVOLVED? The goal of Covenant Child Development Centers is to rescue children that might otherwise be forced into physical labor or sex-trafficking. One way we do that is to end our program each night with a communal meal. When families have too many mouths to feed, children quickly go from being provided for to becoming the provider. Their families have no other choice than to sell or exploit them as a source of income. A meal a day not only gives a child the nourishment they need to play, study and learn, it also relieves a burden from their families, and in many situations, actually saves their lives. Join the work of these pastors and help support a CCDC today! Visit our donation page at http://ccdc-india.com/how-you-can-help/