Manna Program

 

     On the surface, India seems like a culture of close-knit families, but in reality there is an enormous need among the multitudes of elderly who are treated as a burden by their children and grandchildren. With few nursing homes and little government assistance, many widows are forced to live on the porch of a relative's house. Often times they are fed sparingly in hope that they will die sooner. There are, of course, some family members who struggle to feed themselves and simply are not able to provide for their aging parents.

      In 2006 God led us to begin the HOPE Manna program for widows. We provide two meals a day and also blankets, sweaters, and hut repairs as needed. Most importantly, the able bodied attend morning and evening devotions at HOPE for fellowship and spiritual growth.

      Since the start of the HMP we have begun similar programs in other areas. We now partner with local pastors in several different villages who assist widows, elderly, and people with disabilities. 

     We constantly pray for wisdom as we hear the stories of those asking for help and try to discern the actuality of their need as well as their commitment to following Christ. We depend on gifts designated specifically for the Manna Program to fulfill our ongoing commitment to these elderly.

Psalm 10:17

Lord, you know the hopes of the helpless. Surely you will listen to their cries and comfort them.