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 Alphonsa* is one example of how the Mission is bringing hope, healing, and life!
Have you ever been really hungry? Have you ever wondered if you would have food for your next meal? Alphonsa* has—often. She lived in a poor village where her family did not have enough food even for the next meal. Sometimes there were no
meals. Her father and other villagers worked as laborers for extremely low wages. Their village has no hospital or other conveniences. To bathe, the villagers walk to the river. Alphonsa lived in a shack with her large family. Education was impossible for them due to their poverty.
At the age of 8, she came to the Orchard Project: Mango. She no longer has to worry about her next meal. She gets nutritious meals regularly. She now has the opportunity to attend school and is progressing well in her 8th grade education this year. A brighter, satisfying future rises on her horizon. As Psalm 63:5 testifies, “I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.”