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Bring latrines to persecuted Indian Christians

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Update: We have passed the 50% mark thanks to two huge donations! I have slightly raised the goal in case anyone is still interested in covering the fees.

Update: A generous donor has offered to match donations here up to 50%! We only need to reach $3500, not counting fees.

Hi, my name is Bethel, and I'm raising money for a group of Indian Christians who are currently living in exile for their faith. These villagers were cut off from their homes and lands by their own neighbors because they refused to deny Christ. Already members of the Dalit caste--the lowest caste in India--they are now even more despised as Christians. This year, I have been slowly working with an indigenous Christian missionary on the ground to begin meeting some basic needs for these families--thirteen families in all. If you're unfamiliar with this work, you can read my World magazine cover story to learn more, and further learn about the social context for Christian persecution in India:


By God's grace, we've already been able to help these villagers in some concrete ways. This summer, we raised the funds to drill a borewell, bringing them clean water for the first time. After that, we raised enough to supply each home with a solar light, as well as supplying the whole village with streetlights. In the embedded video, translated by Jehu, they're thanking everyone for answering their prayer that they would no longer have to gather together and worship in the dark. The streetlights have also improved security for themselves and the few animals they keep, which are vulnerable to theft.

With these needs met, we are looking ahead to the new year and asking how we can continue to serve. Jehu, our local missionary contact, has informed us that the families currently have no latrine systems in place, so this is an important unmet need. The total cost for serving the whole village has been estimated between $6,000 and $8,000. We believe this goal is attainable with God's help--and yours! Thank you for considering this ministry.
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  • Anonymous
    • $3,500 
    • 4 mos
  • Anonymous
    • $20 
    • 4 mos
  • Mark Zechman
    • $500 
    • 4 mos
  • Anonymous
    • $1,000 
    • 4 mos
  • Simon Reye
    • $100 
    • 4 mos
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Bethel McGrew
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Lansing, MI

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