James (Jim) Helm passed away on October 29, 2018. For many years, Jim Helm worked with Global Ministries to support the work of Lady Doak College (LDC) in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. Jim and his wife, Anne Helm, first became familiar with the college while on sabbatical from Oberlin College in 1997. The couple returned many times to LDC and supported the work of the college in many ways.Read more
Pravaham, which was formed in 1993 as a community for peace and justice, held a Silver Jubilee celebration for their 25 years of ministry. Pictures and stories of the jubilee are shared in their most recent newsletter. Also included in the newsletter are updates on Pravaham's community college programs, medical and human rights outreach programs, their community Christmas celebration, and plans for the future.Read more
Finding Your Way: When Life Changes Your Plans
Rachel Beck (V. Lakshmi)Read more
The Diocese of Durgapur is really attentive to it’s surrounding community. They are paying attention to the needs and catering to them.
Durgapur is located in a rural industrial area. Many of the population work in the industries or in the fields. Where they are highly exposed to chemicals and heat. Many cannot afford proper treatment. That is when the eye center was created.Read more
From The Church of South India
Floods in the southern Indian state of Kerala have killed more than 350 people since June. The devastating floods in Kerala peaked last week. The monsoon rains have since begun to ease and rescue teams have been deployed, but thousands of people remain marooned. The following update comes from Global Ministries' partner, The Church of South India.
The floods have caused havoc across Kerala. Places such as Ranni, Maramon, Aranmula, Chengannur, Alwaye, Paravur, Alwaye are all inundated by the floods. The hill stations and the coastal areas are equally affected. Even though the rain is gradually easing, news of the dead recovered, stranded people beyond reach, and the unimaginable number of people who need shelter, medicinal care, and food make the situation even more dire. But there is a ray of hope in that people are setting aside their differences and supporting each other. The matured approach of the state government and the political leaders, the active involvement of the people, especially the fisherfolk from the coastal areas of Kerala, various organizations in the rescue operations, and the support of churches and other religious organizations for the relief work are helping millions of people in this time of grave disaster. The Indian Army along with the state machinery continues the dangerous rescue operations. It was heartening to hear that a pregnant woman, who was airlifted by the Indian Air Force from the sinking house, gave birth to a baby boy at the navy hospital.Read more
Located in Orissa, India, the Evangelical Hospital-Khariar is the leading non-government healthcare institution in the state and provides the best medical care for each patient regardless of income. In addition to their medical work, the Church of North India provides a home for girls between the ages of five and 15 years old. Currently, there are just over 50 girls living in the home. Girls living in this home either have parents who have passed away or come to the home from difficult circumstances.Read more
Human trafficking has been on the rise for the past few years. Unfortunately it has been around for a very long time and shows no sign that it will go away anytime soon. It makes me wonder, if there is more awareness now about trafficking and the different forms it takes…. why is it on the rise? With so much awareness, why does it continue to happen and continue to spread?Read more
"The Light" a monthly newsletter written by the Church of North India's Diocese of Durgapur shares news from their youth, women's, medical, and pastoral ministries. Global Ministries is pleased to share their newsletters.Read more
Article originally written by Disciples Women and posted in Disciples News Service on July 11, 2018, found here.
While on the Woman-to-Woman Worldwide Journey to India, the Disciples Women delegation had the opportunity to visit Global Ministries partners in Durgapur, Malda, Kolkata, and Delhi. The work already being done there is amazing and life-giving and the women of the delegation wanted to make sure that it continues and expands.