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A New Tour of Grace Children’s Home – India 2022

Pastor Sikila Cornelius recently sent us a short video of Grace Children's Home after they had done some painting to the compound, inside and out.  Please take about 5 minutes or less to watch the video and if you have comments you can email us with the email address: valblack.cmm@gmail.com The orphanage usually has over 40 children.   Not all of them are included in the video but it gives you an idea of how they begin their day before going to school.  On this particular day, they were blessed with plenty to eat.  That is not true every day.    ...
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The Bethesda Leper Colony in 2022

In April 2022, a special offering was given to the ministry to be used to purchase food for the needy in India.  We notified Rev. Cornelius of the offering and he advised us the money should be used to buy rice for the 60 residents at the Bethesda Leper Colony.   I asked Rev. Cornelius to take photos of the people as they received the bags of rice that was bought with the special offering.  He obliged by taking several photos and forwarding them to us.  With the exception of an occasional charitable gift, these 60 lepers have not had any ...
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Speaking Up

Proverbs 31:8-9 says, "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed.   Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice." You may be wondering about the title of this article, Speaking Up, but in reading Proverbs 31:8-9 the bottom line is for us to"speak up for the poor", so that is what I am doing.   From time to time, Evangelist & Pastor Sikila Cornelius, also the caretaker of the Grace Children's Home for orphans, will send us photos of the many needs of those he sees on a ...
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Helping the Lepers of India

Most people would be surprised to learn that leprosy is alive and well in some countries.  One of those places is India where 120,000 to 130,000 new cases of the disease are reported every year.   Old myths still linger about the disease such as it is very contagious and it is incurable.  But in both cases the very opposite is true.   You cannot get leprosy by casual contact such as a handshake, hugging, or being close to someone and it is curable if treated in its early stages.  Most experts agree that 95% of the world’s population is genetically immune ...
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Reaching the Unreached in India – March 2022

In March 2022, the founder of Grace Children's Home, Rev. Cornelius, along with seven other pastors traveled 200 miles on motor scooters (two per scooter) to a remote village to preach the Gospel and encourage local Christians.    They made videos of the trip and we have combined them into one 5 minute video.   The pastors found one church building in which construction had stopped because of a lack of funds.   The church was crudely made with mud bricks but it doesn't have a roof, windows, or a door.   You will see it in the video.  There is also a ...
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Blankets For India – January 2022

In January Rev. Cornelius in India contacted us to share there was a desperate need for blankets for villagers who could not afford to buy for themselves.   Many people were getting sick and some of the elderly were even dying because of the cold nights without proper means of warming themselves.   Consequently, we did a fundraiser on Facebook and raised money for the blankets.  We wired the money to Rev. Cornelius as soon as possible and the next day he went to several stores and negotiated for the best price.  One store had good-quality blankets for the equivalent of $3.29 ...
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Grace Children’s Home Celebrates Christmas – December 21, 2021

It was getting closer to Christmas yet there still were not enough funds to provide food and celebrate Christmas.  Rev. Cornelius gathered the orphans, widows, and all concerned to fast and pray that God would come through for them.  Finally, on December 20th God provided enough funds for them to celebrate Christmas and at the same time, feed up to 800 people, including the orphans, widows, and pastors with their families.   As described in the video, Christmas celebrating is different there.  There is eating, singing, and dancing, all to the Glory of God and His celebrated Son, Jesus. Many thanks ...
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“Happy Hour” – A Different Meaning in Different Lands

In America, many lounges, bars, restaurants, clubs, etc., offer the public discounted rates for a certain time they call the "Happy Hour".   Millions of people across this great nation enjoy the lower prices, if only for a short time. In other places in the world, one hour of happiness may mean something entirely different.   In India, especially at the Grace Children's Home, it may mean having rice with vegetables, curry sauce, and occasionally, one hard-boiled egg.   This is what a small offering can do for children without parents or parents unable to care for them for various reasons.   It costs ...
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News from India – September 2021

Thanks to a few who have given in support of the Grace Children's Home in India, the children are being fed and pure joy can be seen in their faces in the photos below.                  Pastor Cornelius travels many miles to encourage pastors and sometimes in very remote areas such as the photo below.  P. Cornelius encouraged the pastor, his wife, and their congregation in the photos below.  The structure behind the pastor and his wife is their church.  You can see their congregation in one of the photos.   Another photo is a ...
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Feeding The Homeless Dalits – August, 2021

Because of your generosity, this ministry was financially able to assist Rev. Cornelius and volunteers  in feeding 40 people who live in the slums.  These people are Dalits, the lowest in the caste system, a system which was supposedly outlawed several years ago but still exists in many places in India.  The Bible is very clear that we feed the poor.  Many thanks to those who sacrificed in their giving.  He who has a generous eye will be blessed, For he gives of his bread to the poor.  Proverbs 22:9 If you extend your soul to the hungry And satisfy ...
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Feeding the Homeless in India – July 2021

India is still a developing nation and although its economy is growing, it has around 84 million people living in extreme poverty. When they are able, Rev. Cornelius and a few volunteers go to the streets to provide food for the homeless Dalits, the "untouchable class" in India.  On this occasion they prepared plates containing rice, curry, a hard-boiled egg, banana, and a bag of water for each of the homeless people they encountered on the streets.  We thank those of you who have given so generously for this cause.    Proverbs 19:17, "He who has pity on the poor ...
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Evangelizing In India – July 2021

Rev. Cornelius and volunteers are keeping busy these days fulfilling the Great Commission by evangelizing the lost and feeding the hungry in their homeland of India.  India has always had more than its share of homeless and hungry people but in this pandemic which is still taking lives, the number of people needing support has increased dramatically.   Much prayer is needed for India during these difficult times. Below are photos of an assistant to Rev. Cornelius appropriately named "Moses" and his wife, Mary, as they share tracts and the Gospel with people of one village.  In the process, 23 people ...
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Rice for Pastors in India – June 2021

In June about 50 pastors in India were helped by providing each of them with a 22 lb. bag of rice.  The pastors have been struggling to support their families but because of the pandemic, they are not able to conduct regular church services and consequently, are not receiving tithes and wages.   Our many thanks to one anonymous individual in particular who was led to give towards this need.  Because of this one offering, prayers were answered and many people were blessed.   Distribution of the rice was done over the period of two days as most of the pastors ...
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People Suffering From Hunger Are Helped – May & June 2021

During the months of May and June, 2021, this ministry has helped and is continuing to help to feed the poor in and around the area of Grace Prayer Church in India.   The pandemic is continuing and people are suffering, if not from Covid-19, then from hunger because of the lockdown.  Rev. Cornelius and a few volunteers prepare and distribute the food on a regular basis.    On top of the problem of Covid pandemic and lockdown, some villages were destroyed by flooding.  Rev. Cornelius and volunteers were able to feed some of the people there who have lost their ...
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15 Families Receive A 22 LB. Bag of Rice Each

On May 21, Rev. Cornelius and volunteers visited a village that has been suffering from hunger during the Covid lockdown.   One bag weighing 22 lbs. was given to each family totaling 15 families.  We were sent these photos below.  With all the smiling faces we had to share them with you.   Thanks to everyone who helped make this possible. (By the way, one 22 lb. bag of rice costs just $5.50 and will feed a family of three for one week.)          ...
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Feeding the Hungry On A Street In India – May 2021

In May, 2021, Rev. Cornelius and volunteers took cooked rice to a street and fed the hungry.  Most of them were mothers with children and also widows who have no support.  As the pot of rice came close to being empty, several children clamored around the man begging for some food.  As you can see in the video, they were truly hungry.    Covenant Messenger Ministries is very blessed to be able to support Rev. Cornelius, his orphanage and many other projects such as wells for water, teaching women to sew, feeding the hungry, and most of all, evangelizing the ...
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Smiling Faces

Although conditions for the poor in the streets are bleak, the children and widows of Grace Children's Home are blessed with food.   As you can see in many of the photos, the smiling faces reflect the joy of being able to wake up each morning knowing there will be food for the day.  Of course, there are days without food so those are days of fasting and praying for God's provision.   Thanks to you, there were smiles on their faces on this particular day in May!   God bless you for considering the poor, the orphans, the homeless, and the widows ...
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Feeding the Hungry on the Streets of India

The youth of Pastor Cornelius's church in India recently went to the streets to pass out 250 packets of food to the poor.   Thousands are dying of covid.  Even if they could afford a doctor there are no beds available in the hospitals.   Many are unable to earn a wage because of a 20 hour lockdown so they go hungry.    It costs 50 Indian rupees, about 68 cents, for one packet of food that feed one person for a whole day.  Please consider giving something to help feed the poor in India.    Just $5 will feed 7 people.  ...
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600 Eggs Distributed to the Poor.

Today, May 3, 2021, Rev. Cornelius blessed several children with protein in the form of eggs.  We take eggs for granted in America but to the poor in India, the Dalits, eggs are a blessing and a rarity.   Thanks to those who have a burden on their hearts for the poor, we were able to pass  enough money to Rev. Cornelius to purchase 600 eggs.  They were bagged six to a bag.  That is one egg per day for a week for each child.    Were they appreciated?  Just look at the smiles on their faces. Thanks to all who ...
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April Blessings for Grace Children’s Home – India 2021

It is always a blessing to receive photos from Rev. Cornelius in India.   This time we received photos of the children of Grace Children's Home.   It was a great time for everyone including the children, the staff, and some widows who rely on the Home for food.   We were able to send a little extra support money to the home which permitted Rev. Cornelius to purchase soft drinks for the children.  You can see the smiles on their faces.   Rev. Cornelius has a great heart for the children and also for people in general. I am always impressed seeing the ...
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