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India Drought Relief Update

Post a Comment » Written on April 14th, 2014     
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MAHARASHTRA (5)About 11,108 villages of 34 districts in Maharashtra, India were hit by severe drought during 2013.  There were shortages of water, not only for drinking, but also for watering crops. Farmers were helpless and people didn’t know where to go for help and many left the area in search of work and food. As tankers were made available and hand pumps were repaired, water was more accessible but villagers knew that more needed to be done. People are now thinking about adopting an alternative cropping pattern. They are considering adopting sustainable crops instead of cash crops. For example, mango trees need sufficient care and nurture in the beginning stages, but once they are grown they can survive even when there is an obvious scarcity of water.

This drought has left many in need of immediate relief. Here is one story of survival:

My name is Sunil Gangaram Landge. MAHARASHTRA (3) I am 39 years old.  We have 2 sons and a daughter.  Continue Reading »

Drought Relief in India

Post a Comment » Written on February 26th, 2014     
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India HCC Drought Relief Draft

CWR continues to receive updates from partners on the drought in Makarashtra, India:

The current drought in Maharashtra seems to have broken all previous records, with millions of human beings and livestock suffering hunger in absence of food and fodder.

  • Almost five million people have no work as the crops failed.
  • Millions of people from mainly farming communities across 12,000 villages of 15 districts are facing severe shortages of drinking water, and are unable to grow crops and provide fodder for their livestock. 
  • Hunger is likely to become a critical issue in the coming weeks as farmers have no income and their backup resources are now depleting. 
  • People will have no way to feed their families soon. 
  • Drinking water is a serious problem as the normal supply systems have failed.

The Hindustani Covenant Church and Covenant Social Services are doing their best to provide relief support to human beings, animals and birds. Six drought-hit villages have been reached by HCC/CSS. Relief response is being carried out by HCC/CSS with the support of Covenant World Relief and other partners. The relief work includes: repair of hand pumps, distributions of water pouches, medical support to vulnerable groups, grain and water for birds, water for animals through tankers, and plastic baskets for fodder for animals.

Give today to CWR and support emergency disaster response like we are doing now in India.


Learning to Pray in India

Post a Comment » Written on January 8th, 2014     
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Usha teaching us to pray as Akshay translates.

As I reflect back on our time in India with the our CWR partners in Asia and the CWR associates (Covenant missionaries who work closely with CWR projects), one of the highlights was Usha teaching our group a prayer method. Usha stood in front of us and taught us all to pray using our hands in a 5-finger method.

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First, we see our thumb that points to us and we remember those who are close to us (our family and close friends). Second, we look at our pointer finger and pray for those we point at and those we respect (our teachers, pastors, community leaders). Third, we see our highest finger and pray for our highest government and pray for our leaders. Next, we look at our ring finger and because we can’t shake or bend this finger on its own, we pray for the disabled, the disaster victims, and the vulnerable. Lastly, we look at our pinky and humbly pray for ourselves last.


Isn’t that a great way to pray for our community? I am so grateful for our friends around the world and their model for faithfulness.


Reducing Poverty in Bihar

Post a Comment » Written on December 2nd, 2013     
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poonamcropPoonam is only 22 years old, but she is a widow. Her husband died 3 years ago due to certain sickness. Her pain doubled when her in-laws began to blame Poonam for her husband’s death. This forced Poonam to return back to her parents’ house along with her 1 year old son.

Poonam’s parents are very poor. Therefore, she did not want to be a burden upon her parents. She started collecting rags as a mean to support parents’ income. During this period, one of our CSS (Covenant Social Services) staff came to know about Poonam’s situation and encouraged her to join the Sewing Training Class run by CSS in Bihar. She joined the class with full interest.

By now, Poonam has already completed one year of her learning. She also is using her newly gained skills and the sewing machines available at the center to stitch old clothes. She is getting orders for stitching from surrounding neighborhoods. This effort is bringing in an additional 50 rupees a day toward her family income.

Poonam hopes to increase her business when she has completed the course and can put more effort into raising her income. She is very thankful to everyone who supported her during the difficult times while she has journeyed through hardship to self-sufficiency.

Former Sex Workers Help Liberate Others

Post a Comment » Written on November 6th, 2013     
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The Hindustani Covenant Church (HCC) has been ministering to vulnerable women in the red light area for over a decade. Since 2006 more than 63 girls have escaped from the sex trade with the help of HCC and Covenant Social Services (CSS) leaders. Some of these young women have been in the sex industry for over five years. During their interaction with HCC/CSS, many women are motivated to change their life situation and as a result leave the sex industry. Each one has her own life story.

Here is the story of Bashira.

When Bashira was 14 years old her cousin sold her in the sex market. He took her to the Pune city, telling her that her own brother was sick and wanted to see her. Bashira waited in the city for two days with her cousin. During this time he kept her in a small house and secretly contacted brothel owners. Every morning Bashira waited eagerly to see her brother. But that did not happen. Her cousin took her to the sex market and handed her over to a brothel mediator. Bashira started asking for her brother but there was no reply. Finally she came to know the truth of what had happened with her life. Her cousin had sold her into the sex market forever. That night the brothel owner sent a customer to her and she was forcefully dragged into the business.

In month of December Bashira came in contact with HCC/CSS staff member Mrs Gangubai. Mrs Ganguabi, who had broken free of the sex trade herself, was able to help Bashira come out from the sex industry. Two months after meeting with Mrs Gangubai, Bashira moved into the Home of Hope. The Hindustani Covenant Church is supporting her to stand on her feet and live with dignity.

There are many challenges in this area of ministry, but we are thankful for God’s faithfulness and His mercy which renew our strength every day.