Life Light Children's Home
Life Light is a home for orphan boys, ages 6 through 14. The boys are brought to Life Light by government authorities and local churches. Others are street children and beggars. Parents who cannot afford to support them give them up for adoption. Life Light focuses on their spiritual and physical growth. All the children attend Christian school. They also receive medical care and nutritious food. Life Light Ministries prepares the boys to live independently when they turn 16 by helping them to start a business, learn a trade, or further their education.
Many of the Life Light boys want to serve the Lord with thier lives and two have already chosen to enter full-time ministry. They are currently undergoing training, and will serve on a teach from Light Life Ministires, helping to plant churches in India.
Church planting Team
The church planting team consists of 20 part-time ministers who work with Life Light Ministries to plant churches in rural areas of India. The Jesus Film, translated into the various native languages, is used to reach remote villages. The team also prepares lay men and women to reach others. We help to organize leadership development seminars for local church elders, and run a youth camp to teach children Christian values.
Aurangabad has a large leper colony, and Life Light Ministries regularly visits and distributes rice and other food to them. During times of great turmoil, we also supplied food and clothing for the Gugrath earthquake victims, and continue to provided primary health care in Gujrath state and Augrangand.
Leadership Training Institute
In all our efforts, we emphasize the importance of leadership development. The Indian church is in need of indigenous leaders who will cast the vision for the church in India. We see ourselves as an empowering ministry, which will challenge young men and women to discover their spiritual gifts, develop them, and create an avenue to deploy these gifts in an Indian cultural context.
We promote leadership development by organizing three-day leadership seminars. The purpose of these seminars is to empower indigenous Christian Leaders. These seminars are organized three times a year. They are held during Diwali (Hindu religious festival) or Christmas vacation time. We found this time to be suitable for most of the layity, who can travel along with their preachers. The medium of instruction is Hindi, Marathi, and sometimes English which is translated into native languages.
The seminar uses the life stories of Christian leaders like Sadhu Sunder Singh, Pandita Ramabai, and Mother Teresa as sources of inspiration for teaching emerging leaders. The main objectives and goal of the seminars are as follows:
- The seminar provides opportunities to discover spiritual gifts within the participants and encourage them to write a growth plan for developing their leadership skills.
- Encourage them to identify their weaker areas of leadership and use the development model of conscious, competence, confidence and congruence to strengthen their skills and resolve as servant leaders.
- Introduce basic management skills such as: organizing, staffing, directing, planning and coordinating personnel.
- By using various team-building exercises, help group members focus on building one another up, rather than seeking individual achievements or recognition.
- Create awareness about specific needs of the Indian church. Talk specifically about the Evangelism Mandate of Matthew 28:18-20 and Cultural Mandate of Genesis 1:28.