India (MNN) — Today, girls at Little Lamps Children’s Home in India are celebrating. For the first time in years, there is enough room for each of them to have a bed and a place to call their own. For India Partners, the U.S. ministry dedicated to supporting indigenous grassroots ministries in India that focus on alleviating poverty and injustice, the celebration is a pledge to do even more to help provide hope to children and their families.
Donna Glass of India Partners says the children who live at Little Lamps are filled with joy. “They tell stories about how sad they were and now how happy they are, and they have come to know of Jesus.” The Gospel is an essential part of every child’s day at the home, and its because of the care the children are being provided that more space is needed to accommodate those who need to live in the home due to the overwhelming poverty in the local communities. “The children love having a place that they are cared for, where they have plenty of food, they have a safe place to sleep, they are nurtured, they are going to school, they are learning about Jesus. But, they very crowded, so the children are very excited about the expansion of the home.”
As the ministry did their due diligence in planning the expansion of Little Lamps, they learned that the Indian government requires now for girls and boys to be housed in completely separate facilities. Even areas considered to be common to all, like kitchens and dining rooms, cannot be shared. Land has been purchased for a new boys’ home, and now the ministry prayerfully waits for funding to come to build. Until then, alternative housing will be found for the boys who are fully orphaned, while those who can stay with family members will do so, with the help of sponsorship support.
Learn more about India Partners and their complete list of ministries, and prayerfully consider contributing to the Little Lamps expansion efforts so the boys will have a home to call their own. Glass says every donation — whether it’s $5 or $500 — will make a difference to India Partners and Little Lamps.
“If people can’t donate…they can pray that everything continues to move forward smoothly.” Today is a reminder of God’s provision to Glass and the rest of the India Partners team as the girls’ dormitory expansion becomes a reality. “It’s been years of visions and dreams, and it’s coming to fruition. So we’re so excited that this additional floor is being completed and will be ready for these girls to rejoice, rejoice that God has provided and has answered their prayers.”