Evangelistic Humanitarian Ministries
Some call them orphanages … But we don’t.
That’s because the children are cared for by a pastor, his wife, and members of a local church. They don’t see the children as “orphaned” anymore. They are members of a family. And lots of these kids come to know the Lord Jesus Christ as their own Savior.
Do you know how much that means to each of the almost 500 little ones they care for?
Oh, and by the way, we don’t go looking for orphans. There are plenty of them. We first determine which pastor and his wife feel a special call from the Lord to care for the homeless. Then they are carefully trained and qualified for the work.
Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. (James 1:27)
Assisted Living Home
We have a home for elderly believers (65, 70, 80 years of age) both men and women most of whom have been abandoned by their families and thrown out of their homes because of their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. These are folks who are unable to work.
Home for Abused Girls
Fifteen girls have found refuge in this home run by a local church pastor and his wife.
Human Trafficking and Peoples Baptist Girls Home
Human trafficking is the trade of humans, most commonly for the purpose of sexual slavery, forced labor, or commercial sexual exploitation.
It certainly is in the headlines today. How young children both boys and girls are used abused and sold. It’s a worldwide form of wickedness. And it happens in India too.
But it’s not surprising for the Scripture says:
And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness. 1 John 5:19
According to scholar Kevin Bales, author of “Disposable People” (2004), estimates that as many as 27 million people are in “modern-day slavery” across the globe. A 2008 the International Labour Organization (ILO) study estimated that women and girls make up 98% of those trafficked for commercial sex.
In India, the trafficking in persons for commercial sexual exploitation, forced labor, forced marriages and domestic servitude is considered an organized crime and The Government of India…”provides stringent punishment for human trafficking; trafficking of children for exploitation in any form including physical exploitation; or any form of sexual exploitation, slavery, servitude or the forced removal of organs.”
Imagine…“removal of organs;” Pretty sick.
What leadership by example looks like.
Okay so what happens if you run into victims of this sad but true trade?
That question was answered by one of the graduates of Peoples Baptist Bible College and Seminary. This pastor (who, for safety sake, must remain nameless) was one of the graduates from Peoples Baptist Seminary.
He along with several other pastors organized a way to help some of these girls. They have been abused and actually sold by their relatives. They’ve been beat up, sexually abused, use this child labor and other things.
This pastor saw the need of these girls and was willing to go and rescue them.
He came to brother GS and asked: “Will you help me.” And without having to think about it a second time GS said “if you will rescue them I will help you.”
But where would the funds come from? Exactly where they came from for George Mueller — praying and trusting the Lord to provide.
And so Peoples Baptist Ministries thru this pastor and the local church has established a home for some of these abused girls. It’s called Peoples Baptist Girls Home. There are 15 girls there.
So he and his wife care for these 15 young girls. But they do it in a rented building.
Now that means that the needs are ongoing. The rent has to be paid as well as food and clothing for these victims.
But isn’t that what Christians are supposed to do? How else can you demonstrate to these young girls that our God is a father of the fatherless.
A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation. Psalms 68:5
This home is not here simply for the humanitarian work alone although by itself it is indeed worthy. The home is here to show these young girls the love of Christ and lead them to a saving knowledge of him. But isn’t that the whole point?
Isn’t that why we here?
The goal ultimately is to build a home for them. But all of this takes a sizable investment.
And it’s up to God’s people to figure out how they can meet this need.
If you were doing work wouldn’t you want to expand and find more these kids and be able to replicate the program?
Now you can understand the conundrum of Peoples Baptist Ministries to India. It’s a never-ending need for resources to meet the needs of the people.
What’s noteworthy is that this girl’s home wasn’t GS’s idea; it was the local church pastor’s idea.
But here’s the thing, a true leader is one who inspires others to do great things. And then help whenever he or she can.
It’s what an entrepreneurial Christian does. It’s what GS Nair does. And that’s what this team of two entrepreneurial Christians (GS and the local church pastor) did.
They saw a problem and solved it by meeting the need.
The great thing as far as we’re concerned is that there already is in India those who have the desire and the leadership capability to do the work of the ministry. All they need is our help.
Ministry to Lepers
People with leprosy are usually unemployable and worse rejected by their families.
They end up living in government provided leper centers. But it’s not like you think. All the government does is provide them with shelter. It’s up to them to go beg for food.
We have ministries at two centers, one in the city of Raipur (in the central part of India) and another in the state of Uttarakhand in the far north.
We have a gospel outreach to these folks and some have come to know the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior. Rather than have them beg, we try to provide at least 2-3 meals weakly for them as we are able and clothes as well.
Some of these folks have children but they are not allowed to stay with the parents. Therefore we have a couple of children’s homes nearby the two leper centers where we care for most of their children.
Although the government provides a clinic, sometimes they have to go and buy their own medications so we try to help with this as well.
Both areas can get very cold and very hot (100°-108° F) so in addition to food, clothing and medication we also provide them with blankets and fans.
Under their auspices of Penuel Baptist Church, we provide housing for some poor widows who need care.
Persecution and Disaster Relief
Christians are a small minority in India and there are times when our brothers and sisters are persecuted for their faith. They’ve been threatened, frightened, beaten had their property burned or stolen yet they persevere. Is our duty to respond to their needs and we do.
India is a huge country about one third the size of the United States. The ministry covers all but one state in India and three neighboring countries.
Disaster and persecutions are part of life in India. Aid doesn’t come as fast as in other parts of the world especially the United States. When our brothers and sisters are suffering we do all that we possibly can to help them — whether the cause is flooding, Typhoon, earthquake, tsunami or other types of natural disaster.
During disasters, we also help those who are in need and make sure to give them the gospel at the same time.
Medical and Drug Rehabilitation Center
We are praying that that the Lord would provide land and property so that we can establish a drug rehabilitation and medical center. This is a large project that would cost in the area of $750,000. God willing, our plan is to open the center by 2018.