A recent story from mission partner Bhibin Shakya. Bhibin is involved in youth, drugs and HIV ministry in Kathmandu, Nepal."Matula*, 22, lives at in the Bardiya district with her 3 year old daughter. Her husband Kumar* used to work as a labourer in India. His first wife died in 2010 and he was remarried to Tulmaya when she was 18 years old. She stayed with her father and mother in law until her husband died. When he died of AIDS she was blamed for transferring HIV to her husband and was thrown out of her house with her daughter.She spent a lot of time seeking the help of relatives, friends and various institutions. She had lost everything including self confidence and hope for the future. She kept on knocking on doors for help but it was in vain. Finally, she came into contact with our HIV outreach staff at the end of 2013. The Lord spoke to her through HIV staff. Now, she has the chance to become residential staff in the day care centre with her daughter in Bardiya.The most important thing is that she has surrendered herself and her children into the hands of the Lord. She is excited and encouraged to live with dignity and have friends and fellowships with other HIV people with whom she can share joy and sorrows with each other." (*Names have been changed)
Rabbi and Chitra, Mission Partners in India have just completed their first quarter of our formal engagement with ACMS and are thankful to the Lord for this partnership. The Lord has given us the vision and has been opening doors for ministering peace and reconciliation both in the body of Christ and in the larger society in India.We completed another 45-hour module, ‘Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies’ at Christ University and a 40-hour module ‘Marriage and Family Therapy’ at Global School of Counselling. Praise God for this privilege to impact undergraduate and post graduate students and challenge them on dealing with conflicts in family, neighbourhood and community at large. Students are enthusiastic and responsive in the class – they are appreciative of participatory methods of teaching involving group activities, discussions and project presentations. Sessions on forgiveness and reconciliation were the most challenging for them as most of them believe that they are unreal and impossible. We believe the seeds sown will bear fruit in season.