September 12, 2012

Giving Children in India a Better Future

Megan Coleman - Hand of Hope

This is Suresh; he lives in one of the largest slum areas in Hyderabad, India. Statistically, he was born into a life of failure and hopelessness. Thankfully we don’t live by statistics. Suresh attends a feeding program, sponsored by Joyce Meyer Ministries/Hand of Hope, located in the center of the slum where he lives. Suresh, along with 239 other children from the area, goes to the feeding program to receive what for many is their only meal of the day. In addition to receiving nutritious meals, these children are also given an education and an opportunity to learn about Jesus. Medical care is also provided to the children on a weekly basis.

In India, children attend school through the 10th grade; they then take a state wide board exam, similar to an exit exam. Only the children that do well on this exam are allowed to go on to what is considered college, which is similar to the 11th and 12th grade. Children who advance to these grades normally would not come from the slums. Suresh is an exception to these statistics. His score was 528 out of 600 on the exam. A typical score for a child from the slums would only be around 300. Hand of Hope center in Hyderabad is more than just a feeding program; it is truly changing lives forever and giving children hope of a better future. The best part is Suresh knows that God is the reason that it’s all possible.

Hand of Hope is the missions arm of Joyce Meyer Ministries. Our goal is simply to help as many hurting people as we possibly can, to alleviate human suffering and to help Christians grow in their faith.

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