In February 2013, a 40 foot container was at the Emmanuel Foundation warehouse being packed, organized and filled with donations collected over the previous 6 months. Items included bikes, quilts, school supplies, toys, clothing, footware, eye glasses, furniture and computers. All these items were going to help people in need in one of the poorest regions of the earth. For many of the people receiving the items, it was the first gift they had ever received.
Emmanuel Foundation was grateful to work on the project with a few other great organizations and great people from each. The first of these organizations was Mission of Mercy (MOM). Mission of Mercy has an ongoing relationship with many people and organizations in India and was responsible for ensuring all the items collected got into the proper hands and went to benefit the people in India. ‘Mutter Teresa Kinderhilfswerk’ as well as ‘Universal Aide Society’ were also involved in the project through their generous financial support. Emmanual Foundation was grateful and considered it a privilege to work along side these organizations!
“My name is GM and I was born and brought up in a non-Christian family in a small village in the State of West Bengal.
I lost my mother when I was young and following that there was a lot of turmoil in my house. I never knew what the word ‘peace’ meant though in my heart I longed for it. One of my neighbours saw the pathetic condition my family was in and began to share about Jesus with me. Soon I started going to church and for the first time I started to understand what it meant to not feel alone and to feel loved. My wife and children could see the change in me, and started to come to church to check it out for themselves. Before long they met Jesus as well and my whole family had the joy of accepting Jesus as our Lord and Saviour.
My family is very poor, I am the only wage earner and so we barely have enough money to feed ourselves each day. We have never had new clothes and in the winter, we find it difficult to stay warm, even when we put on many layers. We would pray fervently, that Jesus would provide for us as we know that He is a God who sees and cares.
Last month the Lord heard us! The pastor of our church told us that some donors had gifted us with warm clothes and other items. I received a warm jacket, my wife got some blankets and my children got sweaters, shoes and toys! We could not believe that God would be so kind to us; we asked for just the minimum and He gave us MORE than we could have dreamt of!
We pray for the donors who blessed us like this. May the Lord bless you all and may you know how much your gift has meant to us. Some of my neighbours who do not know Jesus are amazed that people who live so far away and know nothing about us, would show us so much kindness. I tell them that this is because they love Jesus and that He is a God who cares about the poor Thank you so much!!”
“My name is SM and I live in a village in the state of Jharkhand. I belong to a tribal family and we were very poor. I never had enough food to eat so I became very sick in my early teens. We did not have money to go to a doctor so I had no hope of ever being well. Triblas believe a lot in witch doctors, but they could not help me either.
One day, a friend told me about this God called Jesus who heals people. I asked him if his Jesus could help me, so he began to come to my home every week, with some of his church friends, and they prayed for me and told me stories from the Bible. I started to feel better each week both in my body and my heart and soon I was completely healed. I accepted Jesus as my Lord at that time.
There is very little work in my village so earning enough money for even basic things is not possible. Last month, our church announced that some friends who lived far away in a different land has sent us gifts in Jesus’ Name. I could not believe it when I received household items, a nice jacket and footwear. This was a miracle to me!
I thank God for my donors and for their kindness to me. I pray for them, that God would bless them in return with miracles in their lives as well!”
“My name is TP and I am 12 years old. I go to the Calcutta Mercy Center Hindi Medium School. My parents work in the garbage dumps of Calcutta, collecting garbage to be recycled. We are very poor. I love to come to school and to learn how to read and write. I hope to get a good job when I grow up so that I can have enough money so that my mother will not have to work so hard to feed us each day. Most of all I love to draw! My friends tell me I am a good painter, but I never had any paints or crayons to draw with.
Last month, an aunty came to school and told us that some friends of ours, whom we did not even know, and who live in a place called Canada, had sent us gifts! I was so excited to hear this. I wondered what I would get, (or if I would even get anything, since the school is big and there may not be enough gifts). To my amazement, aunty asked all of us to tell her who the 5 best painters were, and my friends picked me as one of them. Then she gave me a beautiful set of paints! I have never seen a set like that in my life; it had so many beautiful colors and even a board to mix them on! I was so happy, it was one of the best moments of my life! I thank Jesus for blessing me and I thank the donor with my whole heart for making my wish come true! Aunty asked if I would draw a picture and give it to her, so she could send it to the donor. I will do that willingly and proudly!!”