“Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”
Like many places in the world, India’s population of orphaned children is abundant. In fact, there are more orphans in India than any other country in the world. One out of every four orphans worldwide is from India. Orphans in India are either children with no parents or children who have been given up by their parents because they lacked the resources to provide for themselves.
Pastor A. Gunasekaran and his wife Mary started ministering to such children in 1999 when they started Shady Grove Children’s Home in Chettipatti. The Lord has blessed this work of pure religion and today there are two children’s homes operating under the Good Samaritan Primitive Baptist Trust.
Rescued from a childhood of heart-breaking ills, the children are provided with food, clothing, shelter, and education. There is a disciplined structure to their life and schedule, with chores, various responsibilities, and diligence in academics expected. Mornings start early with devotions and breakfast before leaving for school. Most weeks, children in India attend school six days a week. After school, there are chores, recreation, homework, supper, and devotions before bedtime. The grounds of the children’s homes are some of the cleanest and most well-kept places in India! Eyewitness observers note the expressions of happiness that are not always present in a place of poverty. Most importantly, the children are cared for in a spiritual way, consistently being taught God’s Word, and having godly examples in their lives on a day-to-day basis.
One of the goals and prayers of the child care ministry is not only meeting the immediate needs of impoverished children, but also the long-term effect in their lives. By God’s grace, of the over 100 young people who have graduated from their high school studies and thereby departed from the orphanages, an overwhelming percentage have maintained their faith in Jesus Christ, as they continue their lives in higher education, work, marriage or other pursuits. A number of them are members and active in their local Primitive Baptist churches.
At the time of this writing, these are the approximate numbers of children being cared for in this work of mercy:
Shady Grove Children’s Home, Chettipatti: 50
Rehoboth Children’s Home, Angiam: 20