India is a country of stark contrasts. There is breathtaking beauty and astounding architectural wonders surrounded by the worst poverty that one could imagine. The men, women and children experiencing the abject poverty of slum life have no hope for a better future. There is no clear way out of poverty and every day is a struggle for survival. In addition to their physical needs, they are trapped in the grip of false religion and have great spiritual needs. Many of the people in the slums of Delhi are Muslim. Call of Hope is responding to the overwhelming need of Muslims in Delhi by providing relief for their immediate, long-term, and eternal needs!
Improving Life Through Literacy
In the Delhi slums, frontline workers have created a program to teach literacy – a basic building block of education and employment. Hundreds of men and women in the program have graduated from our literacy program with the ability to fluently read and write in both Hindi and English. Literacy increases self-confidence and many who learn to read and write continue on to take part in our vocational training programs. Even this basic education drastically improves an individual’s ability to find work that pays a living wage so they can support their families. When this happens children are freed from helping the family survive so they can attend school. Health and nutrition improve; and families are finally able to hear and understand the Gospel!
Microenterprise for Women
Call of Hope has also created a vocational training program specifically for underprivileged women in the Delhi slums. Women who once had very little hope are now empowered with the knowledge and skill set to operate a business. For example, a microenterprise program has been established that trains women in tailoring skills which allows them to go on and operate successful businesses. Sewing machines are supplied and practical business principles are taught so they can operate a portable business, and even employ others!
Physical and Spiritual Health
Poverty brings with it many health issues. In the Delhi slums, access to proper medical care is scarce even though there is a significant need. Many in the area experience illness due to poor hygiene, lack of medicine, and little awareness of basic medical treatments. Call of Hope is responding to these issues by providing medicine, basic healthcare, and treatment of wounds, as well as general health education. As we work to bring healing to the physical bodies of those in Delhi, this opens wide the door to engaging people with the Gospel of life in a relationship with Jesus Christ!
At the heart of every program we have introduced in Delhi is the desire to see more men and women come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. In each of our endeavors, Call of Hope frontline workers intentionally engage participants and their families with the Good News of of the Gospel. As they learn to read and write, some of the first words they read are in the Bible. As they are educated about the health of their physical bodies, we also talk with them about their spiritual condition. In addition, we distribute Call of Hope evangelistic literature throughout the area, conduct Bible studies, connect new believers to churches, and train local believers to reach others in the community.