Love goes the distance.
India Discipleship Network is now apart of Agape Asia. The principal goal has always been to help the Indian Christians become self-supporting, self-governing and self-propagating. Access Ministries such as the TPG Christian School, Bethany Girls Home, Brookshire Memorial Children’s Home and the Water Wells Project will continue to prepare children, youth and adults to become productive disciples in God’s Kingdom.
Water Wells Ministry
Clean and safe drinking water is a great need in India. Many communities (especially rural villages) do not have a source for clean water. They often have no choice but to use river, canal or pond water for all their water needs. Providing clean water from deep borewells gives local Christians an opportunity to share that water with the community while demonstrating the love of God for all people.
The Brookshire Memorial Children’s Home
This home is supported by the Ladonia Church of Christ near Tyler in memory of Dean & Maureen Brookshire. It has been serving and saving children since 2005. There is a waiting list of orphans needing a home but current facilities and funding limits the number of children the Brookshire Memorial Children’s Home can accommodate. A new building as recently completed to house the children and also serves as the meeting place for the local church.
The Bethany Girls Home
Many girls are abandoned by their families in India. And it’s culturally accepted due to the liability of raising a girl. Fifty-two of these abandoned girls receive the physical, emotional, educational and spiritual attention they need with the loving care of the Bethany Girls Home. It was founded by an Indian Christian and his wife who, soon after their conversion, sold their home in order to buy land, build a facility and dedicate their lives to caring for these girls. The sad reality is that keeping up with the sheer number of abandoned girls is increasingly difficult.
TPG Christian School
The school was started in 1989 by Jacob Chukka. Upon receiving an inheritance from his father he purchased a defunct private school property in his hometown of Tadepalligudem (TPG). The school started with 30 students and two teachers charging no tuition (even “public” schools in India charge
tuition). Jacob wanted poor children to have the opportunity for a Christian education. The school has since grown to 500 students from kindergarten through the tenth grade with 22 teachers and support staff. The students take the standardized state tests and always perform well above the average. Bible classes are taught daily at all grade levels. The School is accredited by the Andhra Pradesh state Board of Education. In 2009 the facility was totally renovated adding a new two-story primary building. Since then a science lab, library and computer lab have been added.
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