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“…whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” ~Matthew 25:40
 
There are over 300 places in the bible that instruct followers of Jesus to care for the poor. The compassion outreach ministry delivers rice and nutritional food items, money, and basic need products to over 100 people per month.

“Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.”~ Mother Teresa
 
There are an estimated 11 million homeless children in India. These children end up homeless due to circumstances such as death of one or both parents, family illness, financial constraints, and HIV/AIDS, just to name a few. Our solution to the orphan problem in Dowlaiswaram is Grace Children’s Home, a refuge to 200 children. Through our NoChild.org program each child is given hope by receiving food, shelter, clothing, mentoring, and an education. Grace Children’s Home is allowing kids to be kids, learning to live with others, and teaching necessary life skills to prepare for integration into society.

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But if a widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn to show godliness to their own household and to make some return to their parents, for this is pleasing in the sight of God” – I Timothy 5:4
 
As we reflect upon the impact that organizations such as NoChild.org have had on caring for children around the world, we celebrate with grateful hearts – and we should! But the harsh reality is that children are not the only marginalized people group that walk among us, both here and abroad. In the recent past it has become painfully obvious to us that we have not done all that we could do for another group of people; the elderly. These are mothers and fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers, people who have reared children and passed on values and life lessons while often times living in brutal conditions. Should they not be honored in their later years in a manner consistent with decent humanity?
 
We believe the answer is YES! Recent estimates suggest there will be more than 100 million Indians aged 60 or older by 2013 in a country that has only 4,000 old-age homes. This is a sobering statistic, and one that could prove debilitating if we let it. That is why we are overjoyed to announce the new Agape Old Age Home located on the CEM Campus in Dowlaiswaram, India. This home will provide food, shelter, clothing, medical care and genuine friendship to elderly people that have been abandoned by their families, or left to fend for themselves due to a myriad of challenging circumstances. We are eternally grateful for our friends and partners that have helped make this dream a reality.

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