In 2014, Open Doors ministry moved forward in five new Christian communities in India: Lengerisuga, Didrabadi, Dombuli, Beladadi and Jarginaju. The projects in these communities started with the setting up of bridge schools and adult literacy centers.
Over 180 children in these villages are attending the bridge schools and 139 adults are attending the literacy classes. These people will soon be reading their Bibles and will be able to carry out basic calculations that will prevent them from being cheated in the market place.
Cell groups (prayer groups) that also participate in money saving initiatives provided by the government for poor people have also been started in these five villages. An Open Doors volunteer resides in the villages and oversees the projects to completion. The volunteers chosen by Open Doors generally have a pastoral or evangelistic background. In this way they are able to lead the Christian communities spiritually.
The people in these five villages are in desperate need of good income generating means. Open Doors also plans to shift their ministry focus in Odisha to income generating projects in the coming weeks. Besides this, the lack of proper sanitation facilities has resulted in an increase in malaria in the villages of the district of Kandhamal. Open Doors plans to initiate hygiene and sanitation awareness campaigns.
Compiled by Jerry Dykstra. For media inquiries, contact Christine Cape at 404-545-0085 or Katie Rouse at 678-410-9575.