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Thursday, December 31, 2020
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Saturday, December 26, 2020
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Sunday, December 20, 2020
What is Stunting?
Stunting (when children are too short for their age) is caused by chronic malnutrition. Because they don’t get enough of the right food, stunted children have a lower life expectancy, do less well in school, and are more susceptible to diseases. Stunting is irreversible.
6.7 Million More Children Will Suffer in 2020 Estimates Predict
Over the past two decades, the world has seen progress in reducing child malnutrition. But the Covid-19 pandemic threatens to undo that progress. Because the pandemic has increased the poverty rates worldwide, its estimated that 6.7 million more children will suffer acute malnutrition in 2020. Simply put, people in poverty have limited access to good, nutritious food. Struggling families simply can’t afford it.
How Kerusomen Tackles Child Malnutrition in India
This Christmas Kerusomen Gospel Ministries is launching a ministry to offer struggling widows and families a reliable source of nutrition for themselves and their children. The ministry is called KGM Gifts of Hope and it provides backyard animals such as chickens and goats to poor families in six India states. The program is administered through their native church planting partner, KGM India.
In a recent video ministry update Pastor Sahayadas Simon, Director of KGM India, emphasized the financial downturn in India and its effect on the common families, the poor families in India. He stated:
“Because of the Covid crisis, the financial downturn has become a big issue to these poor families. There are government restrictions both state and central. Many people have lost their jobs. Because of the infection, it is not safe out there to work; people don’t employ; people don’t have enough work. Those who are daily earning, or daily working people, literally struggle to find their income to feed their families. So it is the time that we need to move out there to help them.
In India, there are families, people who rear chickens and goats for their partial survival. Yet many of our believers, many of our widows don’t have any way of rearing them because they don’t have initial investment to buy five chickens or a goat. Thank you for initiating this project.”
Ways You Can Help Defeat Child Malnutrition in India
India has 61 million stunted children. That’s 30% of the worlds stunted children in one country. Let’s help change that:
Together we can make a real difference in the lives of people in India: one child, one family, one animal at a time.Sources: https://www.savethechildren.org.uk/blogs/2020/hungry-for-change / https://www.worldvision.org/hunger-news-stories/7-hungry-places
Friday, December 18, 2020
“It is reported that Kerala (home of KGM India’s headquarters) has the worst record among the Indian states for economic dependency among the elderly; 76% of its elderly women reporting no financial asset in their name. While, there is a history of progressive public policies in this state, including public support for vulnerable groups, such as widows, economic opportunities for women are few raising specific concerns for their maintaining a good standard of living—particularly if the husband has passed away prematurely. In this case, a woman may be left with young children and no source of livelihood.”
- Just three of the 10 widows qualified for the 110 rupee government pension ($1.49 in U.S. dollars a month).
- Six of the women work in low paying daily wage earner jobs as kuli (agricultural) workers, domestic workers, and child care providers. One of these widows, Ushi, described her situation:
“I received an honorarium of Rs.50 per month, which was not sufficient to support my family. I took on additional work. I would work at the angavadi (government childcare facility) from 9:30 to 3:00, and in the evenings I would clean houses. On Saturdays and Sundays I would work as a kuli worker making 10–12 rupees per day.”
Ushi’s income working 7 days a week is $1.40 a day (not including her earnings from cleaning houses.) That’s a little more than $42 a month to support herself and her 3 children. 
- One widow entered a convent.
Finding Help and Self-Sufficiency
This Christmas you can help a widow jump-start her path to self-sufficiency. These women are smart, motivated, and tenacious. They are ready and able. They just lack opportunity. Their dreams are very similar to ours: they just want a chance to create a better future for their children and grandchildren.
Saturday, December 12, 2020
2020 took away many of our choices. We didn’t choose lockdowns, zooming instead of visiting, or hiding smiles behind facemasks. But in the midst of the many things we didn’t choose, we do get to choose how we share Christmas.
Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Jessica, Pastor Saha’s daughter, is a leader in the children’s ministry and in particular, Kerusomen's VBS program. Similar to Vacation Bible School in the U.S., KGM’s VBS is held during the school summer break in June. Most of these kids come from oral cultures, people who learn best through the oral arts of storytelling, music, and drama. At VBS the kids learn Biblical action songs, games, drama skits and prayers.
The Vacation Bible School program is an important part of KGM’s church planting ministry. It’s well accepted in India and most parents of all faiths are eager have their children participate in the week long program. The activities are a great way to bring children together and allow leaders, like Jessica..
Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Monday, December 7, 2020
Empowering India's Women to Share Their Faith l Pastor Anju Saha Director of KGM India Women's Ministry
You Can Help a Woman in India Share Her Faith
They are amazed that KGM is taking the time and trouble to teach them stories from the Bible. They are even more amazed that we are interested in their thoughts about them. Once they realize that their thoughts are welcomed and valued, they are eager to learn and able to understand, quickly discerning spiritual truths from the Bible stories.
Many of these sisters in Christ have already been doing ministry but they did so with feelings of fear, shame, and inadequacy. The Bible Storytelling Scarf training, through the ministry of the Holy Spirit, gives them a newfound confidence to share the Gospel and a passion to go home and pass on everything they have learned.
Until now, only teachers of the Bible Storytelling class have had access to the Bible Storytelling Scarf ministry tool. Pastor Anju, Director of KGM's Women's Ministries, desires to give each graduate a scarf to help them grow in their faith and empower them share it with their family, friends and neighbors.
Anju knows that for many of these believers, this scarf will be the only “Bible” they will ever possess. Many are illiterate, have friends or family who are illiterate, or there are no Bibles translations in their home village's heart language. And in areas where persecution of believers is increasing, storytelling is the safest method of sharing their faith.
The Bible Storytelling Movement is helping to multiply the growth of KGM churches in India. It enables all believers to share the reason for their hope with confidence and accuracy. It opens doors to unreached people groups – both literate and illiterate – that have never been reachable before. And it does so by modeling Jesus, the master storyteller.
Women are especially drawn to the Bible Storytelling Scarf as a tool to share their faith. They can wear the scarf, hang it on a wall in their home, or easily carry it to the market, well, or when visiting family or friends.
Sunday, December 6, 2020
We are so grateful for the time you spent with us on Saturday. It was totally thrilling to see so many church families here and in India represented. Thank YOU for praying with us. Have a blessed week.
“But truly God has listened; he has attended to the voice of my prayer.” Psalm 66:19
Wednesday, December 2, 2020
- You're rescuing abandoned widows with food and medicine aid for their bodies and a loving community to restore their dignity and hope.
- You're empowering women to lift themselves and their children out of poverty through education and savings groups.
- And above all, you're pointing people, who desperately need real love, peace, hope, and healing in their lives, to the One who is able, Jesus.
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