Cyclone Michaung leaves southeast India underwater

By December 13, 2023

India (MNN) — Schools are reopening this week in southeastern India following a powerful cyclone – except for one of Mission India’s Adult Literacy Classes.

Mission India’s Regan Miller says, “Several of our students had their homes flooded or damaged, and they had to go seek relief. Pray that they will be able to find shelter, food, and any other essentials that they may need.”

Cyclone Michaung swept through two states last week, affecting more than four million people. Landslides and flooding destroyed communities. Many homes remain under stagnant water today.

(Photo courtesy of Mission India)

“For those of us who live in the United States, maybe having our basement flooded means something a lot different than if you live in a small village and your home is completely damaged,” Miller says.

“Pray for families that lost loved ones to the flooding. Pray for God’s comfort and peace and that they can find hope in Him.”

For millions of India’s poorest families, poverty is rooted in a lack of education. Mission India offers basic instruction in reading, writing, and math, as well as life skills training through its Adult Literacy Classes.

Each lesson demonstrates the hope of Christ, but it’s times like these when the Gospel becomes real. Pray that people become open to the message of salvation in Cyclone Michaung’s aftermath.

“When tragedy takes place, it can open doors for the Gospel,” Miller says.

“We saw this in the pandemic; people were turning to their gods, and nothing was happening. They were really looking for an alternative source of hope. It opened the door for us to share the Gospel with them, and they turned to Jesus.”



Header and story images courtesy of Mission India.

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