Dear Pastors, missionaries, chaplains and friends,
Steve here… One year ago I visited the streets of Kolkata, India, with Fellowship International missionary Jack Chen. Just a three minutes’ walk from Carey Baptist Church (Kolkata) are thousands of people living on the streets.
OUR KOLKATA FAIR PROJECT
It’s estimated that one-third of the 4,500,000 people who live in Kolkata live in the slums. Less than half of these slum-dwellers benefit from the basic services of clean water, electricity and sanitation.
But there is hope. Jack and Lorraine Chen have served with Fellowship International in India since 2008. Through the historic Carey Baptist Church, the Chens have been able to reach out and touch the lives of hundreds of those marginalized by circumstances often beyond their control. Jack claims Psalm 40:1-3 as the battle cry for the project introduced here.
“I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.”
He writes: “As a church of God’s children, our goal is to seek to pull out one entire generation from the slums and establish them in society as a New Generation of citizens able to fend for themselves. This will proclaim the love of God in practical ways that will impact future generations.”
The battle will take place on four fronts:
The education of 25 of the most needy and promising kids will be covered from Class 8 through College. This will include paying school fees, and some clothing and books as well as career training.
2. Job Retraining for Women:
Ten women will be provided with sewing machines and trained to make clothes for children (dresses), youth (shirts and kurtas, kurtis) so they can tap a vast market directly, easily and quickly.
3. Jobs for men:
With screening, and help from reliable contacts it the slum area, we will provide 10 trustworthy men with bicycle carts so they can start earning decent wages.
Many of these families suffer from lack of proper nutrition. As a result, children are sickly and miss school. A basic food bag of rice and lentils will be provided every quarter to 50 selected families (including the families of those being educated, trained with sewing machines and bicycle carts) over a period of three years until they can generate enough income to feed their families.
This project is being administered and directed by the staff and members of Carey Baptist Church. The church is already investing some of its own funds to help some kids with school fees, medical expenses and food drops occasionally.
A SPECIAL OFFERING FOR EASTER
Would you consider sending a generous gift to this FAIR appeal before Easter (April 20, 2014) or possibly consider a special Easter offering for your church; a little goes a long way in India, and will make a significant impact on the lives of those whom Carey Baptist Church, Pastor Gus Peters and Jack and Lorraine Chen are seeking to reach with the Gospel of Christ and His compassion. I look forward to reporting that we have made an impact in Kolkata, India, together.
Please consider giving online, or send your gift to the Fellowship Ministry Center (P.O. Box 457, Guelph, ON, N1H 6K9). God bless you as you give.
Have a blessed week,
Our 2014 Fellowship theme verse is:
“Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 13 :35 (NLT)