2019 Missions Project
This year, Summit Christian Church is on a mission to open a home in India for twelve orphaned children. These children are the most vulnerable in society and need a safe place where they will have loving house parents, access to education, and a chance to grow up with the knowledge of Jesus Christ. We believe that by helping these children, we will not only be providing these twelve precious lives with a future, but will be affecting generations for the Kingdom of God.
-There are 31 million children in India affected by the orphan crisis.
-Between 1.5 and 2.5 million Indian children have been orphaned by AIDS.
-They are often called “invisible children” and are subject to a constant threat of human trafficking, exploitation, child labor, physical and psychological violence, disease, and starvation.
-Daughters are financial liabilities for poor families, because a girl will require an enormous dowry paid by her father to the groom’s family. The amount negotiated for bride dowries is staggering and leaves many families deeply in debt, often for the rest of their lives. For this reason, a cultural bias for sons over daughters has created massive problems for Indian girls.
-Orphaned or abandoned girls are either kidnapped off the streets and sold to brothels, or trafficked from rural areas with the false promise of a job and a future.
-According to the National Crimes Records Bureau, in 2016 the rape of minor girls increased by 82% compared with the previous year. (many of these girls were taken advantage of because they were orphaned)
-Nearly 1.2 million children are sex slaves in India – forty percent of the country’s sex workers are under age 18.
-1 in 2 children (boys and girls) in India experience sexual abuse.
(Statistics from Unicef, National Crimes Records Bureau, and World’s Children Organization)
Why Angel House?
-Angel House has built over 180 homes and rescued 4,476 children.
-In 2017, the Indian government began a crackdown on foreign aid that they deemed as a threat to their cultural standards. Hundreds of Christian organizations were forced to leave their operations in India including the largest provider of aid to orphaned children in the nation, Compassion International.
-Angel House is one of the few remaining Christian organizations in the country of India and is attempting to expand their reach in order to provide homes and support to the tens of thousands of children that no longer receive aid from Compassion International.
-In most cases, the long-term financial support comes from non-profits in the immediate community. Angel House will not build a new home until there is a financially sustainable system in place. This enables the community to involve themselves in giving back to the most vulnerable in their region.
-Angel House partners with local churches and Christian organizations in India to find parents for each home that are responsible for the on-going daily care and cooking for the children. Once the House Parents clear all requirements made by Angel House, they are trained by the staff in the areas of leadership, safety, and parenting.
This home is going to be named after one of our Missions Director’s dearest friends, Christa Knuth. Christa passed away six years ago from a rare form of bone cancer. Christa loved the Lord with all of her heart and always desired to go on a trip overseas to serve in missions. This home will continue on her legacy of kindness and joy as these kids are given a second chance at life through a new home and family.