PARTNERING IN THE VISION
Set in the lower ranges of the Himalayas in the Hindu state of Himachal Pradesh are Shanti Niketan (House of Peace) Children’s Home and Dar-ul-Fazl (House of Grace) Children’s Home. Between them, they are raising over 200 children.
In 2007, Willow Park Church in Kelowna and Westside Church in Vancouver became aware of these two Christian children’s homes. For more than 20 years, these homes had made ends meet through a couple of key partnerships, but in 2004, those partners gave notice that they could no longer sponsor the program, leaving the children, staff and vision with a grim future.
Willow Park & Westside, desiring to be involved in raising up the church in one of the least reached regions on Earth, were called to come alongside them to partner in their vision to raise the future leaders of the church in North India.
Under extremely difficult economic and religious circumstances, the two homes have not just fed and clothed children, but introduced them to Jesus. They were thriving spiritually in a place with less than 1% church presence. Perhaps what stands out most clearly is the desire of the staff to see the children develop an articulate and passionate faith of their own.
As of October 2008, Child Of Mine assumed the responsibility and care for the economic needs of the homes, and our desire is to holistically partner with their God-given vision to equip and prepare these children to serve God in North India.
WHAT DOES PARTNERSHIP DO?
Partnership is not simply sponsorship. We are not just comfortably living at a distance and sending money. By partnering in the vision we are being asked to do much more: to pray, to give, to serve—and above all to share a vision that goes beyond simply feeding and clothing children.
As a partner, you are adding value to the holistic efforts of the homes in equipping these children for Kingdom work. Not only will you enable new children to join the homes, but you will partner in improving their living environment, equip the older ones in preparation for a career, and have the opportunity to visit the homes in person.
Your financial partnership commitment will go to the two homes to cover the operating costs of the following:
- Feeding, clothing and educating the children
- Repairing, maintaining and improving living conditions
- Providing for post-secondary options for the older children
- Staff development and training, and long-term development of the homes
- Building strategic partnerships with other organizations to benefit the overall vision
- Less than 11% of partnership funds go toward administration costs