As Told by Becki Forman
The Mission operates 17 Orchard Projects across India, separate from the main campus. These projects are residential homes, day care centers, and community development projects. For security reasons, we have named each project after a fruit or nut of India.
Our Mango Project is in an Indian state which is home to a large number of tribal people representing over 25% of India’s tribal population. The capital is encircled with over 300 slums communities. These people are at high risk of exploitation and trafficking. Christians living in this state often face severe opposition from anti-Christian extremists.
This story of Jaba* is one example of how the Mission is bringing hope, healing, and life!
Jaba* comes from a single parent family. She is almost 12 years old. Since coming to this Orchard Project, her life seems to be ordered and healthy. However, her beginnings were not.
Jaba is from a small village. The only employment available is as poorly-paid laborers. The village has no running water or electricity. In fact, Jaba used to live in a mud shack. When her father was able to obtain work, then they were able to eat. She has 2 brothers and 2 sisters. Having such a big family meant that education was impossible. In this village, the caste system differences were fully observed, so the family’s low caste and the poor financial situation caused them oppression.
When Jaba came to the new Orchard Project, her life turned around. Isaiah 60:1 says “Rise up and shine, for your light has come. The shining-greatness of the Lord has risen upon you.” Jaba’s life is brighter now, which she gratefully acknowledges. Not only is she receiving the education that was just a pipe-dream before, but she is also learning about Jesus and His love.