A Note from David...

Did you know that 1 out of every 6 people in the world lives in India? That's 1.2 billion people, almost 4 times the population of the U.S.

If the Indian state of Maharashtra was a country, it would be the 11th most populous in the world, ahead of Mexico, the Philippines, Vietnam and Germany.

So it is no surprise that within 11 years, India will become the world's most populous nation, surging ahead of China.

Most demographics fail to mention, however, that India's masses consist of people created in God's image for whom Jesus died. Yet 97% of Indians make no profession of faith in Him. Most are Hindu or Muslim.

Many Indians are desperately poor. The World Bank estimated that 400 million of India's people live on less than $1.25 per day.

I'm happy to report that Heaven's Family has been serving in India since we began 12 years ago. This special pictorial issue of our monthly magazine highlights a few of the ways we're making a difference through your compassion and our various Focused Funds. I hope you enjoy the photos and captions. Rejoice with us for all that God is doing! — David

Hoping for forgiveness: Hindus believe that bathing in the Ganges River remits sin. Just after I took this photo along the Ganges near the holy city of Varanasi, the small boat in which I was riding passed a floating human corpse. Besides bodies, the city of Varanasi also dumps into the Ganges millions of gallons of human sewage each day, adding to the human and industrial waste from other cities that line its banks, making the Ganges one of the world's most polluted rivers. Yet each year millions of Hindu pilgrims drink a few drops of Ganges water, and many fill bottles to take home with them to share with those who could not make the journey. Not surprisingly, gallbladder cancer rates among those who live along its course are the second highest in the world.

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Special Issue: India Pictorial

Orphan's Tear Fund

A Big Goal: One of the primary objectives of our Orphan's Tear Fund is to empty every orphanage in the world—by placing orphans in loving Christian families where they belong. This photo of boys who previously lived together at an orphanage in Northern India reminds us that such a goal is possible. All of these boys are now living with families, a blessing made possible in part through small-business loans we've made to those families, which enable them to earn enough income to support an adopted orphan or two. Continue Reading...

The Widows & Abandoned Women Fund

A Blessed Buffalo: 70-year-old widow Ananda Suvarthamma, a prayer warrior who lives in Andhra Pradesh, India, wept tears of joy when she received this buffalo which she knew would provide milk for her to drink and sell. As she wept, she said, "In my last days, God has given this kind of mercy to me to be strengthened in Him." Heaven's Family offers both small-business grants and loans to Christian widows and abandoned women around the world. Continue Reading...

The Leprosy Ministry Fund

An Astounding Smile: Although she's lost all her fingers and toes, she has something to smile about—she knows her Lord has promised her a resurrected body, and she knows she is part of a family that loves her. Heaven's Family has come to her aid, and to the aid of many in her colony who are also isolated and abandoned, with monthly assistance of food, soap and other toiletries, plus clothing, medical care, and more. Continue Reading...

The Safe Water Fund

Blessing Those Who Curse Them: Heaven's Family funded this well for Christians in Budamaha, Orissa after the local Hindu authorities declared that the village well was off-limits to Christians. But when the Hindu-only well went dry, the believers capitalized on their opportunity to return good for evil! Heaven's Family's Safe Water Fund serves thirsty members of our spiritual family around the world, providing wells, cisterns and water filters. Continue Reading...

The National Missionary Fund

Prayer Before Baptism: Geetha was born into a low caste Hindu family in Northern India. She and her entire family turned to Jesus after prayer by local believers resulted in Geetha's mother being healed from a long-standing sickness and delivered from demonic oppression. Geetha has become a bold witness for the Lord as she has been discipled by Heaven's Family-supported national missionary Ashok Masihi. Through our National Missionary sponsors, Heaven's Family currently assists 47 church planters in 10 nations. Continue Reading...

The Persecuted Christians Fund

Healing Miracles: Pastor Thanish Kumar and his wife Bahula were born into India's lowest caste, the Dalits. When Bahula was diagnosed with stomach cancer, the couple sought healing from Hindu priests, but to no avail. In desperation, they allowed Christians to pray for her, and Bahula was healed. Thanish enrolled in Bible School, and after graduation was led to plant a church in his native Hindu village amidst much opposition, which included enduring the electricity and water being cut off to his family's humble home. Thanish and Bahula experienced a breakthrough, however, when God healed an elderly blind lady in the village through their prayers. Pastor Thanish is a Heaven's Family-supported national missionary. Continue Reading...

The 21 Focused Funds of Heaven's Family

We're here to serve you as you serve the "least of these" among our spiritual family, not just in India, but around the world. To that end, our staff administrates 21 Focused Funds so that you can target those whom the Lord lays on your heart. For more details visit HeavensFamily.org/focused-funds.