India

Current Projects:
Children’s Home
Elementary and Primary School
HIV/AIDS Project
Church Planting/Pastors’ help

Future Projects:

Home for the Elderly and Widows

Bible School
High School

Medical Clinic

Job Skill Training Center

The Lord has provided us property to build upon, but we are still believing for $100,000 USD for building construction.

THE NEED:

India is the second most populous country in the world with a population of 1.03 billion. Of the estimated 400 million children, 300,000-500,000 are in prostitution, while 47% under age three are malnourished. There continues to be a high incidence of child labor and unschooled children, and girls remain particularly disadvantaged.

Of the 496,453,556 females living in India, 8% (40 million) women are widows. Many widows are forced to beg for money in India to pay for food, as there is no government structure to aid this huge segment of the population. In the state of Andhra Pradesh, where Love and Hope Ministries is located, the female population is 37,682,594. Out of this 37-plus million, 8% (1.5 million) are widows.

Land and Climate: India, covering 1,269,219 square miles, is roughly one third the size of the United States. Most of the country experiences three basic seasons: hot summer (March-May), rainy (June-October), and cool winter (November-February). Temperatures rarely go below 40°F in January or reach above 100°F during the summer.

Language: India is home to several hundred languages, of which 33 have 100,000 or more speakers. Eighteen languages have official status: Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Malayalam, Manipuri, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sindhi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu. Hindi is the national language spoken by at least 30% of the population. English is also the official language, and is the language of government, business, science, education and national communication.

Religion: India is the birthplace of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism. It is also an adopted home for Zoroastrianism. About 80% of Indians are Hindu.

Food: Diet depends on region. Rice is the main staple in South India and wheat bread (roti) is the main staple in North India. Indian food is usually hot and spicy. Different types of curry (eggs, fish, meat, or vegetables in a spicy sauce) are popular.
(Source: Culturegram, Vol. 4, Orem, UT: Axiom Press, 2004).

Projected Expenses for a Mission Trip to India:

Airplane ticket = $1,800
Air-ticket within India = $100
Visa fee = $60
Travel shots (first-time visitors) = $500
Food (breakfast, lunch and dinner) = $30 per day
Accommodations (Manya Guest Lane) = $40 per day
Transportation within India
(Rental car, driver, gas, etc) = $30 per day
Miscellaneous expenses = $150

Total Price = approximately $3,600 per person for ten days for first-time travelers.
Total Price = approximately $3,100 per person for ten days for others.

Note: There may be an increase in the expenses due to currency exchange or the season of the year that we are traveling. Love and Hope is not responsible for the changes in price.

Destination: Eluru
State: Andhra Pradesh, India
Duration of the trip: 10-15 days
Dates: From second week of December to third week of December

The tentative work we will do while we are in India:

  • Visiting and sharing the love of Jesus to children in Love and Hope Children’s Home.
  • Visiting and sharing the love of Jesus to children of Love and Hope Public Schools.
  • Distributing bicycles to poor pastors.
  • Distributing clothes to widows, children, and the elderly.
  • Conducting a Gospel and healing crusade in Eluru.
  • Visiting villages to share the Gospel and visiting churches to strengthen the believers and ministering to children.