India (MNN) ― Bible Pathway Ministries' Al Joslyn says they're partnering with an orphanage in North India with just under a thousand children. Many of them were rescued off the streets with nothing but the clothes on their backs. That means they're unprepared for what's coming in less than 100 days...a season change.
From October to March, it's winter in this region. The northern plains of India often see very cold temperatures. In fact, temperature in the Thar Desert can reach the freezing point.
Nighttime temperatures this winter plummeted to close to freezing, making life a misery for tens of thousands of people who live on the streets with few ways of keeping warm.
Joslyn urges people to imagine a child without warm blankets or clothing trying to survive on their own in that climate, wearing a single thin layer. "We've received word in the last week or two that the children there need warm winter apparel. Specifically, (they need) blankets, hats and gloves and thermal underwear--things that we take for granted here."
Joslyn says they're raising funds to provide winter clothing for the kids. Bible Pathway is not looking for the goods themselves, because shipping them is too expensive. Rather, the ministry wants to raise at least $50,000 USD for the project so they can purchase the goods in country.
It's an investment in future outreach because these orphans also get a good education. "They read the Bible through each year and use the Bible Pathway notes as their helps. They are given quite a good education. As they grow up, they go out and start churches and orphanages, and they do a tremendous work for Jesus Christ." Click here if you can help.