March 16, 2017After Sangeet Rao's wife passed away and his children refused to care for him, he found himself homeless and wandering the streets of Tenali. Watch this short video to find out how Harvest India is helping provide care for him and others like him. Stories of Transformation :: Meet Sangeet Rao from Harvest India on Vimeo.
March 16, 2017Mark your calendars! Suresh is coming to America and we would love for you to hear about the incredible work Harvest India is up to!
- April 2: Cornerstone Church - Chandler, AZ
- April 9: The Garden Church - Long Beach, CA
- April 16: Sun Valley Church - Gilbert, AZ
- April 23: Church of Celebration - Maricopa, AZ
- April 30: Hillside Community Church - Alta Loma, CA
- May 7: Rock Harbor Church - Costa Mesa, CA
March 7, 2017We are looking for a new Operations Director as our beloved Julie is leaving us to live and work in Malawi. We are so sad to see her go, but we are excited for the opportunity that she has been given. If you are excited about the work that Harvest India is doing and would like to play a bigger part in the day to day operations of the ministry, please click HERE to see if you fit the role we need. If this job isn't quite your cup of tea but you know the perfect person for the task, please feel free to pass this on to them!
January 19, 2017Ahalya lost her father at a young age and her mother was struggling to provide for her. Watch the video below to learn about how Harvest India stepped in to make sure that she had an opportunity at a bright future. If you would like to sponsor a child like Ahalya, please click HERE.
November 11, 2016According to UNICEF, there are over 65 million orphaned children in Asia. Half of this total is said to live in India. To be orphaned is not only to be without parental care - it can mean limited or no access to food, shelter, and education. Perhaps most profoundly, to be without guardianship is to be without the necessary protection against child labor and trafficking. Despite the fall of child labor in the past two decades, India still ranks 4th in modern slavery and forced labor. 80% of these laborers work in rural, agricultural settings – a very present reality for Harvest India and our work in predominantly rural settings. For young boys, this can mean working in construction or hard manual labor, and for girls, domestic work or sex trafficking. Unfortunately, Dalit girls are up to 27 times more likely to be trafficked than any other demographic according to the Dalit Freedom Network. As we stand with the most vulnerable, we stand in opposition to these heavy realities. The work is not easy, yet we are strengthened by our God who speaks light into the darkness. Here are ways you can advocate for orphans this fall: PLAN: On November 13th, thousands of churches will stand together on behalf of orphaned children. Orphan Sunday is a global movement of locally-led events to stir churches, small groups and communities to God’s heart for orphans and how we can respond. If you are interested in featuring Harvest India on Orphan Sunday, contact Julie Hubbard at 949.701.9296 or Julie@harvestindia.org. We have plenty of marketing materials such as videos, banners, web graphics, and more! VISIT: We love when our supporters visit us! There is nothing quite like seeing the impact of your support and prayer first hand. If you have not visited us in Tenali yet, we would love to invite you to do so! Contact our office or local partner church for details about upcoming trips in your area. GATHER: Although we in the U.S. may not be able to be in India personally, there are so many ways to raise awareness and support from where we are. Gather your community by throwing a fundraiser or benefit concert, hosting a viewing event of Mother India, or creating an advocacy club at your school. PRAY: At the root of everything we do is the redemptive and compassionate love of God. As we meet practical and tangible needs through Orphan Care, join usin praying that these actions will reveal the love of Christ to each of the children. COMMIT: Every child who calls our orphan homes ‘home’ is supported by the generosity of donors like you. Will you commit a portion of your monthly finances and invest in the future of India?
November 1, 2016Together we have made a tremendous impact in India this year. You may be thinking, "but I am half a world away?" or "I didn't go to India, how did I make an impact?" Geography does not stand in the way of impact. Whether you prayed, gave financially, shared with your network or encouraged Suresh and our team, YOU are an integral part of the work that Harvest India is doing in India. As we reflect back on 2016, there are 2 unique ways that we have seen growth this year:
- Quality of care and facilities
September 1, 2016We are seeking a talented intern who desires to use their creativity and communication skills to better Harvest India and the population we serve. As an Intern at Harvest India you will be responsible for the following
- Draft, copy, edit and proofread social media outreach materials
- Assist in donor development efforts such as phone calls and thank you letters
- Assist in campaign creation and write copy
- Aid in the support and growth efforts of Harvest India
August 1, 2016Did you know that Harvest India currently cares for 1,435 children in 27 children homes daily? We are putting the biblical mandate to ‘defend the cause of the fatherless’ (Isaiah 1:17) into action and we want to invite YOU to join us. Of our 27 children’s homes, 13 are currently unsupported by a specific donor. This amounts to 545 children whose support must be taken from the general fund monthly. In response to this need, we have created the Spread Love Campaign as a fun way highlight our orphan care programs. It is our goal to get at least 5 of the 13 unsponsored homes sponsored monthly by the end of this August. We believe that together, Harvest India, the Church and individuals can play a critical role in changing the course of these children’s lives. Would you consider helping us achieve our goal? You can do this in a few ways:
- Sponsor an Orphan Home as a church: For $1,500 a month, 40-50 of the Harvest India children living in a home will receive housing, nutritious meals, and a quality education from our educational institutions. As the sponsor of the home, you will be able to highlight its children and staff for your congregation, and even see it in person should your church travel to India! This is a wonderful and tangible way to demonstrate your partnership with Harvest India.
- Connect us with other churches who may not know about Harvest India so we can further Spread Love.
- Share the Spread Love campaign. Whether it’s a social media shout out, a mention during your Sunday morning announcements, or an email to your congregation, we would love your help in making people aware of this campaign.
July 22, 2016Jahnavi is 16 years old and has been living in the Vadlamudi Children’s Home for 9 years now. She was brought to the home from Vijayawada by one of Harvest India’s pastors because her father was not taking care of her or the rest of her family, and her mother was unable to financially provide for her needs. Coming to Harvest India gave her an opportunity to be educated that she wouldn’t have had otherwise. Jahnavi has experienced a number of miracles in her life. When she was younger she used to get sick all of the time, and she says, “Harvest India has taken care of me, and they have provided doctors so that I could become healthy. God has healed me and I am so thankful!” Recently, her mother became very ill and she had a severe infection in her intestines. The doctors told her mother that there was nothing they could do and that she would not survive. Instead of accepting this diagnosis, her friends and family prayed for God to heal her, and he did. Hallelujah! Jahnavi is thriving in school, she loves to play games with her friends, and her favorite subject is English. Her dream is to go to a 4 year university to become an engineer. She has just finished 10th grade and will be going to Harvest India’s all girls KSK College for 2 years to prepare for engineering college. Please pray that God continues to work in Jahnavi’s life, and that he provides a path for her educational dreams to come true.
July 22, 2016Just over six months ago one of our devoted and faithful pastors went to be with the Lord. Pastor David started his ministry over 35 years ago in a strong Hindu area that was not open to the message of Christ. Over the years he experienced extreme persecution in the form of physical beatings and death threats. His church was burnt down, not once, but twice. Through all of this persection his faith and passion were never moved, and he never gave up on the place that the Lord had called him to do his work. Because of his perseverance, the Lord protected and blessed his labor, and more than 100 Hindu families are now following Christ. On May 19 of this year, Harvest India dedicated a new church building in the village that David had been working in for all of these years. On the same day as the dedication, we celebrated the wedding of David’s son, Samerpana, who will be carrying on his fathers work. While the church only has a roof at this point, it holds nearly 200 people and provides a shaded place to worship Jesus. Harvest India is honored by the opportunity to be a small part of God’s big story in this area of Andhra Pradesh, and we are believing in God’s provision for the rest of the construction needs. Hallelujah!