“We Believe Thousands Will Come to Christ”
Faithful couple cares for children, reaches unreached Indian villages
New dining hall provided through gifts from Christian Aid donors
She saw them in a dream: the needy ones. Children blind and lame surrounded her, and the angel, or someone, said, “They´re your responsibility.” In a second dream she saw the hand of God guiding her along a treacherous path. She knew God was speaking to her in her dreams. He was leading her to care for needy children, and she trusted Him to guide her.
With such clear instruction, Ruth and her husband, Nelson, began taking in impoverished children. At first, they shared their own humble bamboo house with the children. The immediate love and nourishment gave these children a sense of security, and the Bible lessons filled them with hope for their future. Later, with help from Christian Aid, Ruth and Nelson and their 50 or so children moved into a new building and added more dorms for Peace Children´s Home.
For years, this couple has faithfully forged a path for hundreds of children and youth as they´ve pulled them out of poverty in Gujarat, India, where there is virtually no Christian presence. They have given these tribal children a place to lay their heads, eat, grow and learn about the saving grace and love of Jesus Christ. God continues to add to their numbers. He also has expanded their reach.
As they give their lives to the Lord´s leadership, they cannot deny His command to “go and make disciples.” With prayer and fasting they committed to extend the ministry to share the gospel with people in some 30 villages, yet unreached with the gospel or without any active church or prayer cells. They have called this new mission Peace Home and Mission. It has taken eight years of steady discipleship work to cultivate new leaders. They saw firsthand that “the harvest is ready but the workers are few.”
Kitchen before CAM´s help
Today, however, the ministry is exploding with salvations as people are seeking after and hungering for God with all their hearts. With faithful perseverance and steady prayer, hundreds are turning to the Lord.
More than 250 youth turned out at the youth camp last summer, and the women´s conference this past November drew more than 700 women for three days of learning about the Christian life.
“The last day all the ladies were hugging Ruth and crying, in order to thank her for teaching them such great and meaningful words,” Nelson reported. “Really, our God is so good. He helped us to conduct this conference and to start a women´s club. Now we will develop this club by the help of the Holy Spirit.”
Another 800 people showed up for a day of prayer and fasting, while 250 women met again in one of the villages. With the churches growing, a one-day Sunday School Teacher´s Training was needed, and 250 teachers came to Peace to learn how to teach children about Christ. Some 500 people came for the mission´s new church building dedication.
“The work is moving forward quickly and people are hungry for the Lord,” Nelson wrote in a letter to Christian Aid. “Some more people are with us now and are working for the Lord. We believe that thousands of people will come to Christ, and we will have a great fellowship of Christ at Peace.
“We praise and thank God for His grace in bringing many villagers to Christ,” he said. “Much has been accomplished, but much remains to be done. We cannot do it alone. Please continue to uphold us in your prayers and through your giving in this exciting evangelical endeavor.”
The children´s home continues, and Ruth does all the cooking. Yet the ministry calls them to teach, preach and train among the villages and at the mission worship center. With personal transportation, they could cover more ground. They remain focused on the children, who have memorized 15 chapters of the Psalms and who have learned to be prayer warriors.