Christ Community Church has supported missions in Narsapur, Andhra Pradesh, India for over 35 years. The ministries include the Bethesda and Narsapur Christian Hospitals, Emmaus Bible Correspondence School, Church Planting, Beautiful Family ministry (for children affected by leprosy), Project Compassion (for children affected by HIV/AIDS), Home Based Care (Tsunami Relief Work), and the All India Institute for Evangelism.
Project Compassion is a project where we have 52 HIV/AIDS children with us in various ages starting from 3 years to 19 years. These children are either orphaned and may have an aunt, uncle or one grandparent who is still living. This work was started in 2004 and has slowly grown to this stage. There is a separate home for them to live in and we are in the process of building a new home for the older boys which should be completed by the end of this year.
Home Based Care
There are 70 families who are provided monthly provisions of seven items, rice, lentils, oil, sugar, tamarind, soap and toothpaste. They live in their various villages but come once a month for a check-up, counselling, giving us an opportunity to share the Gospel with them. We provide lunch allowing them to have a time of fellowship. We have had many who have come forward saying they would like to know more about the Lord and some have asked for baptism. Lives are being touched. During the years of this project we have also lost many and new families have been added to replace them. The cost of running this project is $30 per month.
Care and Council Center
This is 20 bedded facility where those who are HIV/AIDS positive come for treatment of any sort. Could be surgery, medical attention or care for them till they die. One relative must be with them in them as long as they are with us. Food and care is provided for them.
We ask that patients pay for their care and expenses but there are many who are poor and cannot, but service is still provided for them. The government for many years provided a yearly grant for this work, which helped, but they have stopped this for the last two years. For this reason those who are able to pay are charged, including medications, which are the most expensive. For those who are unable to pay the cost comes too approximately $10.00 per day. The stay would naturally depend on the situation.
This service allows us to reach them with the Good News, especially when we have so many who come to us at the last stages of their lives. It has been a blessing to have many find hope in Jesus Christ on their death beds. Most of them are Hindus and they are amazed that when everyone else rejected them they are accepted and cared for only because of the love of Jesus.
There are 64 children in this program right now and but we will be adding some more as then new year has just started. These children are leprosy related or HIV related children. They may have leprosy themselves or their parents have leprosy. HIV related are children who are negative themselves, but parents are positive or are not more due to the disease. The cost of sponsoring a child is $25.00 per month.
The Christ Community Church 5K event is an annual fundraiser for Project Compassion. Every year hundreds of runners and walkers come to raise funds for the children affected by HIV/AIDS in India.