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 Pendra* is one example of how the Mission is bringing hope, healing, and life!
As Told by Becki Forman:
As we heard about the new Mango Project, we all were excited and prayed for the children who would come. One young boy, Pendra, came from his village about 10 hours from the Home to be one of the first children in the Home. The residents of his village struggle to make a living. There are no roads or water facilities. There is no hospital available there. Most residents do not read or write. The people live in mud houses. Furthermore, Pendra is an orphan. He was living with his uncle who struggled to feed the family. The family thought of selling Pendra because of the extreme poverty in which they lived. However, the Lord had a different plan for him.
Jeremiah 29:11 declares, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
He was taken to the Mango Project. There he gets meals, education, and care from the loving house parents who look after the children. Pendra now attends school and lives in a home where basic facilities are available. He was freed from binding poverty.
*Names changed for privacy and security. Images representative.