Mission India: Hope and a Future

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"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." Jeremiah 29:11

Meet Nissi
Nissi lives in a slum with her parents and little brother.

Her father does odd jobs—moving furniture, cleaning bathrooms and drains, and doing stone work, but the work is not steady and doesn’t pay much. And some days, he can’t find work.

Many nights, there is not enough food.

Despite their poverty, Nissi’s dad spends most of his money on rituals and offerings at nearby temples, hoping to earn blessings from the gods.

When 7-year-old Nissi began attending a local Mission India Children’s Bible Club, the Club leader noticed her torn and dirty clothes. She visited Nissi’s family and taught them proper hygiene as well as how to repair and wash their clothes. Nissi began to wear clean clothes and take baths.

Although she couldn’t read, Nissi enjoyed learning and reciting Bible stories, songs, and verses at her Club. She was touched to learn about Jesus, who loves people whether they are rich or poor. Nissi began to pray to Jesus and received Him as her Savior.

When the future seems dim

For many of India's youth, the future may seem hopeless when you consider the following statistics:

• In India, you are 10 times more likely to die in childhood than in America.
• In India, more women die during pregnancy and childbirth than in any other nation in the world.
• In India, there is little access to health care. In fact, many go their entire lives without seeing a doctor.
• In India, many village girls never set foot inside a school, as parents consider the education of their daughters a waste of money.
• In India, illiteracy is passed down from generation to generation.

As the world's second-most populous country, with more than 1.2 billion people, India faces tremendous challenges, including: poverty corruption, malnutrition, illiteracy, inadequate public healthcare, and terrorism.

Nearly half the female population, about 200 million, can’t read or write – not even their own names. Many can't tell time. 86% of India’s people earn less than $2.50 a day.

In India, girls are expected to work, then marry young and immediately start a family. Girls are trapped in a system that leaves them powerless to change their lives, or the lives of their children.

Sonlight can help you help them.

Here’s how you make a difference

Sonlight has partnered with Mission India, an organization that is making a difference in the lives of women and children across the country by offering literacy programs and Bible Clubs.

Here’s how it works:

By simply making a purchase from Sonlight, you’ll be helping little boys and girls and illiterate men and women improve their lives. Sonlight will take a portion of your order proceeds and donate it to Mission India.

On any order up to $399, Sonlight will donate an amount that allows a child to attend a 10-day Bible Club, where they’ll play games, sing songs, hear stories and have the opportunity to be transformed by the love of Jesus. If your order exceeds $399, your purchase will enable an Indian mom or dad to attend adult literacy class.

This special promotion ends Aug. 15.

Inspiring stories

Here’s an up-close look at how a donation from every Sonlight purchase will help to make a difference in India:

Mission India Rini
RINI
Rini’s parents are illiterate.

They didn't see the value in educating their 8-year-old daughter.

So when she started going to school, they pressured her to drop out. They increased her chores at home. But Rini kept going to school, because she knew education was important for her future.

But the pressure mounted and Rini began to have trouble with her studies. Her grades began to drop. Then, Rini was invited to a Mission India Children’s Bible Club.

She loved the games, stories, and songs so much, she never missed one day — not even during the rainy season! She also received help with her homework at the Club, and her grades improved!
Touched by the love of Jesus, Rini soon received Him as her Savior.

She prayed for her parents to understand her passion for education, and now they support her desire to go to school. While she does her chores at home, Rini sings, worshipping the Lord.
Rini regularly shares about Jesus with her parents. Pray that they choose to follow Christ!

Mission India Tamil
TAMIL
Every day, 12-year-old Tamil fetched water and prepared a muddy mixture. Then, he carried a lump of mud about the size of a large loaf of bread, pounding it into a brick mold on the ground to dry. He made 1,000 bricks every week.

Tamil was only paid 350 rupees (about $5.50) for working 50 hours a week.

His parents and three brothers also work in the brickyard, but struggle to make ends meet. There wasn’t much joy or fun in Tamil’s life … until he was invited to a Mission India Children’s Bible Club.
There, Tamil made new friends. He enjoyed playing games and singing. And with his Club leader’s encouragement, Tamil even enrolled in school. Deeply impacted by the Bible stories he heard at the Club, Tamil joyfully received Jesus as his Savior and prays to Him for his family’s needs.

Today, Tamil dreams of becoming a teacher. He works at the brickyard after school and also before school in the early morning.

Teach a whole community

In India there is a saying, "When you teach a man, you teach an individual. When you teach a woman, you teach a whole community."

That’s where Mission India’s Children’s Bible Clubs, Sonlight and you come in. These 10-day Clubs give kids the chance to just be kids—play games, sing songs, hear stories, make new friends, and smile.

At the Bible Clubs, girls and boys are transformed as they discover the love of Jesus.

Now that’s a bright future.

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Laura Lee Ellis is a writer, speaker, former missionary to Africa, and a second-generation homeschooler. She is passionate about world missions and the potential of motherhood in shaping culture. She has contributed to national magazines and radio and works as a writer for Sonlight Curriculum. She, her husband Nick and their three children have lived in six countries and recently returned to the States from the University of Oxford, England. She believes in the power of stories to bring people together and inspire action.
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