Series Code: HIM
Program Code: HIM000156A
00:22 Children are our future.
00:25 They are full of dreams and desires.
00:28 But in a world of unspeakable despair,
00:30 these ignited minds live in poverty and pervasion,
00:33 helpless and hopeless.
00:39 Child Impact International is an organization giving hope.
00:42 It is an organization fostering permanent positive change
00:46 in the lives of disadvantaged children
00:48 and those who are in need,
00:50 serving communities in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka,
00:55 Myanmar, and beyond.
00:58 For the last 15 years,
00:59 Child Impact has invested in the futures of children,
01:03 and their investment has proven infinite returns.
01:06 Driven by their dedication to helping those
01:08 who have the least,
01:10 Child Impact as an organization
01:12 focused on the welfare of children,
01:14 implementing diverse development projects
01:17 and sponsoring thousands of children.
01:20 Their outreach spans from child rescue operations
01:23 to providing an education for orphans, deaf,
01:26 and the blind children,
01:28 giving them a sense of place, a home.
01:31 But above all, Child Impact is an organization giving hope,
01:35 giving hope to children, giving hope to communities,
01:40 giving hope to the ones who need it the most.
01:48 This is Hope In Motion.
02:16 Welcome to Myanmar.
02:18 Child Impact International has been sponsoring
02:21 over 600 children in Adventist schools
02:23 all across this Southeast Asian nation.
02:29 Over 95% of the population here in Myanmar
02:32 practices Buddhism.
02:34 In fact, Myanmar is one of the most religious
02:36 Buddhist countries in the world.
02:38 The Seventh-day Adventist mission
02:40 was established here 115 years ago,
02:43 and Adventist education has played a central role
02:45 in spreading the gospel in Myanmar.
02:50 The challenge is that a decent education
02:52 is expensive.
02:53 Most people can't afford it.
02:55 This is where an organization like Child Impact
02:57 has such a great impact.
02:59 They're concerned and committed to the welfare of children
03:02 in need here.
03:05 Today, we join Jim Rennie
03:07 on a visit to Myanmar Union Adventist Seminary
03:10 and see what Child Impact is doing to bring hope,
03:12 salvation, and a future to needy children in Myanmar.
03:28 Well, I'm back here in Myanmar,
03:29 and I've just had a four to five hour drive
03:32 here to the seminary.
03:33 And on this trip, we really want to meet
03:35 some of the students that you have sponsored
03:38 and see the difference that we are making
03:40 in their lives.
03:42 Come and join me on this trip as we meet these students
03:45 and see the impact on their lives,
03:47 which is very real.
03:48 Come with me.
03:57 Myanmar Union Adventist Seminary or MUAS,
04:00 as it is commonly known,
04:02 is the only Adventist institution
04:03 of higher learning in Myanmar,
04:05 and it plays a very important role
04:07 in developing young minds who are the future torchbearers
04:10 of the church.
04:11 Presently, there are 600 students
04:13 at the college taking religion, education, and business
04:16 as their fields of study.
04:18 Most of them come
04:19 from financially difficult backgrounds
04:21 and 160 students are sponsored by Child Impact.
04:26 These young people come from all over Myanmar
04:28 and Child Impact is making it possible
04:30 for them to be able to learn and acquire skills
04:33 needed for employment.
04:35 I'm here at Myanmar Adventist College
04:37 where they are a group of over 160 students
04:41 that are sponsored by Child Impact International.
04:44 And just meeting with them and just talking with them,
04:47 it's so exciting to see the real difference
04:50 that sponsorship is making in their lives.
04:53 Standing behind me are the future doctors,
04:55 the future dentists, the future nurses,
04:58 teachers, and pastors.
05:00 And this will impact on their lives,
05:02 this will impact on their families' lives,
05:05 but most important,
05:07 have a big impact on the church in Myanmar.
05:10 Just looking at their faces,
05:11 you can see the difference that sponsorship is making
05:15 not only in the lives of their children
05:17 but of their families, their community, and the church
05:20 just shows the success of sponsorship.
05:25 For us, in our union,
05:27 the Child Impact International sponsorship is very important
05:33 because it is among the many sponsorship programs.
05:37 It is the biggest.
05:39 It sponsors more than...
05:43 600 students in our union.
05:47 We have more need for the sponsorship.
05:56 Child Impact International can more students,
06:01 more students can learn, and more students can be,
06:07 what do you say,
06:09 in one or other way, they can help the children
06:12 finish their education.
06:21 Education is vital in this country.
06:24 It is important education is subsidized
06:26 so that we can create the environment
06:28 in which children have an opportunity
06:29 to learn and achieve their dreams.
06:31 And the Adventist school system
06:33 not only helps children grow mentally and socially
06:36 but they also have an opportunity
06:38 to grow spiritually.
06:40 Well, as we all know,
06:41 Seventh-day Adventist education was prepared and launched
06:46 through very intensive information
06:50 that God gave through Ellen White as to
06:54 how Seventh-day Adventist education
06:56 ought to be different from other places.
06:58 It was to reach the head, the hand, and the heart.
07:03 It was to help people following in Christ's ministry,
07:06 helping children, young people, physically, mentally,
07:09 socially, and spiritually,
07:11 helping them to become a whole person
07:14 so they can be sent from those schools
07:17 to be wonderful testimonies for the Lord.
07:20 Seventh-day Adventist education is unique,
07:23 and it is powerful because it's from heaven.
07:28 To move forward with its focus in Myanmar,
07:30 Child Impact has established the Educate Myanmar fund.
07:34 The purpose of this fund is to help sponsor children
07:36 in Adventist mission schools here in Myanmar
07:39 and help with resources and other needs
07:41 such as classrooms.
07:43 The college has many needs, and Child Impacts also address
07:46 another important issue of congestion in the dorms
07:49 and other infrastructural needs.
07:51 Currently, it is helping the college in finishing
07:53 the building of classrooms for theology students.
08:08 It's quite exciting to see what is happening
08:11 with this building.
08:12 I'm here with Dr. Connelly who is the president
08:15 of the Myanmar Adventist Union College.
08:18 And in talking with him, I can now see how important
08:22 the theology and religious training is
08:25 from the Myanmar Adventist Union College.
08:28 It's the only source of Bible workers and pastors
08:32 for the country of Myanmar.
08:34 And so Child Impact International
08:37 is really excited that, with the help of our sponsors,
08:40 we can sponsor a Bible students and theology students,
08:45 but also, if possible, we can help with the finishing
08:48 of this new theology department building.
09:11 The Educate Myanmar fund is fully committed
09:14 to helping Adventist schools in Myanmar.
09:16 But more importantly, it is committed to helping
09:19 give young boys and girls from difficult backgrounds
09:21 an opportunity to receive an education
09:24 through sponsorship.
09:26 I'm here in the boys' dormitory at Myanmar Adventist Seminary.
09:31 It's a large room
09:33 with over 20 boys sleeping on the floor,
09:35 which to us is a little strange.
09:37 But, in fact, culturally,
09:39 this is how they probably live at home,
09:42 in their village house, and they sleep on the floor.
09:46 I'm here with Sanga, who is an inspiring story
09:50 from sponsorship.
09:51 He comes from a very large family
09:53 of seven siblings.
09:55 And he's the only one getting an education.
09:59 His father is a farmer, a poor farmer,
10:02 and the rest are at home working in the field.
10:05 Sanga, at an early age,
10:07 was given the chance to go to an Adventist school,
10:10 and he's been through the high school,
10:13 and now he's at the Seminary doing the religious studies
10:17 and theology course.
10:19 And we're real proud of his achievements today.
10:22 Just to show the pressure for finance
10:25 and how poor his family is, in those three years,
10:28 Sanga's only been home twice
10:31 because he has to do a job on the holidays,
10:35 he has to work just to cover the rest of his overhead costs
10:40 in getting through college.
10:42 And he's really got a dream.
10:44 And, Sanga, tell us about your dream.
10:46 What do you want to achieve?
10:51 I want to be a good pastor, so I'm taking religion major.
10:58 So Sanga wants to go on to do his MA in theology,
11:01 and he wants to be a pastor,
11:03 and he wants to be a successful pastor.
11:06 And once again, that's really exciting.
11:08 And we want to support Sanga as he goes ahead.
11:12 And it really shows you
11:13 how sponsorship
11:15 through the different facets of education
11:17 is now turning this young man into a real success story.
11:23 And we're so proud of what he has achieved.
11:26 Sanga is one such story
11:28 of how sponsorship is having an impact
11:32 on the lives of these students
11:34 but also on their families and their communities.
11:37 And as I travel around,
11:39 it's just so exciting to be able to meet these students.
11:42 And shortly, I'll introduce you to two young ladies,
11:46 one who is doing a business major
11:48 and wants to have her own business,
11:51 and it just shows the impact that sponsorship
11:54 is having beyond the education.
11:56 It's giving their families hope,
11:58 it's giving their communities hope,
12:00 and it's having an impact totally on these
12:03 Adventists mission schools and seminaries.
12:06 I'm so proud of the work
12:08 that I see sponsorship is doing,
12:11 and I want to thank you for your support.
12:15 I'm Jim Rennie,
12:17 CEO of Child Impact International.
12:19 I've just returned from the country of Bangladesh.
12:23 Bangladesh is located northeast of India.
12:26 Bangladesh has a population of 163 million
12:30 and is actually one of the most densely
12:32 populated countries in the world.
12:35 For instance,
12:36 Los Angeles has 2,700 people
12:40 per square kilometer,
12:43 but the capital Dhaka
12:44 has 23,900 people
12:49 per square kilometer.
12:50 The Adventist church only has about 30,000 members,
12:54 but the church school system has about 10,000 children
12:59 in small village schools
13:00 and also larger boarding schools.
13:03 The main religion is Islam.
13:05 And the education is the key outreach
13:08 for the church.
13:09 Bangladesh is low-lying land on a huge area of river delta.
13:14 Late last year, Bangladesh suffered
13:16 the worst flooding in its history
13:19 with over 8 million people displaced or affected.
13:23 Thousands died in the floods.
13:25 Unfortunately, farming was devastated by the flooding,
13:29 which caused food prices to skyrocket in price
13:32 and created food shortages.
13:35 In most of the country, prices still remain high.
13:39 This has put a huge financial strain
13:41 on our mission school finances.
13:43 Children are not getting sufficient nutrition
13:46 and the mission schools
13:48 are really struggling financially.
13:50 As I visited the schools, they asked for help.
13:53 I also had visited the villages
13:55 where the children live in the poor areas,
13:58 and they are really struggling also.
14:01 As I saw the reality of what was happening,
14:03 I realized we just had to help.
14:06 We don't normally do food appeals,
14:08 but we have no option
14:09 but to help these children and also the mission schools.
14:13 We are asking you to help us purchase 5,000 bags of rice
14:18 for $35 a bag.
14:20 A bag is about 110 pound and feeds about 105 meals.
14:26 Each bag you can donate will insure
14:28 the children are fed
14:30 but will also save the school's valuable funds.
14:34 You can donate 1 bag, 10 bags, 100 bags
14:37 or whatever you can share.
14:39 Each bag will impact
14:41 on hundreds of children's nutrition
14:44 and will give urgent financial relief
14:47 to those struggling mission schools,
14:49 some who are close to closing.
14:51 It's urgent.
14:53 Please help.
14:54 Just 1 bag for $35 or maybe 5 or 10 bags,
14:59 50 bags, whatever you can help with.
15:01 Please help these kids.
15:10 A couple of years ago,
15:11 my daughters and I had a wonderful opportunity
15:14 to travel to India.
15:15 And while we were there,
15:16 we met yet another part of our family,
15:19 and that's our sponsor daughter Sheila.
15:21 We've had the privilege of sponsoring Sheila
15:24 through Child Impact International
15:26 for more than three years now.
15:28 And, you know, while we were there,
15:30 she shared with us
15:31 that her dream was to become a nurse.
15:35 Now what a wonderful privilege it is for us now as a family
15:39 to know that she is fulfilling that dream.
15:42 Sheila is now studying to be a nurse.
15:45 She's in college,
15:46 and we cannot be happier for her.
15:49 It's been wonderful to be part of that journey with her.
15:52 And, you know, sponsoring a child
15:54 through Child Impact,
15:56 it's made an incredible difference
15:57 for our family.
15:59 And I know that, for you,
16:00 sponsoring a child can make a difference for you too.
16:03 And most importantly,
16:04 it can make the difference
16:06 in the life of a child every day.
16:35 Bobbili, a small rural town in Andhra Pradesh,
16:38 India has nothing to offer to a visitor.
16:41 Its streets, often bustling and chaotic,
16:44 are typical of rural towns in India.
16:49 Poverty is widespread and people struggle
16:51 to meet ends doing menial jobs
16:53 and often tending to paddy fields owned
16:55 by landlords.
17:04 Visits to villages around here only amplify one's perception
17:08 of abject poverty people live in
17:10 on a daily basis,
17:11 but it is in this despairing and gloomy environment
17:14 we often get to see
17:16 and experience hopefulness and optimism.
17:26 Over the last 15 years, Child Impact International
17:30 has undertaken numerous development works in
17:33 and around the Bobbili area.
17:35 The Sunrise Children's Home,
17:37 situated about 10 miles from Bobbili,
17:39 is one such project that gives orphaned
17:41 and abandoned children an ideal place
17:44 to live and learn.
17:57 Ten-year-old Akhil Muttaka
17:59 and his younger brother Charan
18:00 were orphaned at a very early age
18:02 and came to live at Sunrise Home
18:04 two years ago.
18:06 Their family belonged to a tribal community
18:08 who live in the mountainous region bordering
18:10 the states of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh
18:12 in southeastern India.
18:15 This is Akhil and Charan's aunt's house.
18:17 They're living here.
18:19 Actually, they're up on the mountains,
18:20 live up on the mountain.
18:22 They came down and came down. This is a very poor village.
18:26 And this village has no water facilities,
18:29 no agricultural facilities.
18:31 The people are depending on the forest products.
18:34 They collect the forest products
18:36 and they survive.
18:37 Every day afternoon, they'll eat some porridge.
18:40 There's no rice
18:41 or no other stuff to fill their stomach.
18:44 In the nighttime, they'll cook a little bit rice
18:47 and some vegetables and they'll eat.
18:48 Every day, they'll eat one meal.
18:56 The majority of children at Sunrise Home
18:59 come from tribal villages and communities around Bobbili.
19:02 And the home is well regarded in and around Bobbili
19:05 because of Child Impact's development work
19:07 among the tribal people.
19:09 A few years ago,
19:10 Child Impact had conducted a vocational training program
19:13 for young men and women from the tribal community.
19:16 It was during one such project that Raj Varma,
19:19 field officer of Child Impact, came across Akhil and Charan.
19:24 In 2014, I came to this village for tribal development project.
19:29 So at that time,
19:31 the Child Impact International wanted to do
19:33 some development project for tribal people,
19:36 improve their living standards and the livelihood.
19:39 So that time, these ladies showed
19:42 these children
19:44 and explained their story and requested me
19:48 to take them to the Sunrise Orphanage.
19:52 Raj Varma had learned from the boys' relatives
19:54 that their father had fallen from a tree
19:56 and had died and the boys came to live with their aunts
19:59 who took turns to look after them.
20:01 When inquired about
20:02 the whereabouts of their mother,
20:03 Raj Varma was told that she had died of malaria.
20:07 Seeing their pitiable living conditions,
20:09 he brought Akhil and Charan to Sunrise home.
20:12 It was at Sunrise the boys revealed
20:14 the real whereabouts of their mother.
20:17 According to my knowledge, when I asked the children,
20:20 when I'm writing the story, Akhil, elder one,
20:25 he said my mother went away with another man.
20:29 I felt very sad and very bad.
20:32 Children, when they're grown up,
20:34 they won't have love towards the parents.
20:37 When they are grown up, parents will come.
20:40 When the mother comes, when the children see them,
20:44 what respect will they have?
20:46 Parents, they will never have respect
20:48 because she just left them and went away.
20:52 And immediately, when the children told that,
20:54 I felt very bad and very sad also.
20:57 But as a mother, I'm giving them love.
21:01 And they know I am the mother,
21:03 so they love me, and I too love them.
21:06 Now they're very happy.
21:07 They says, "Momma, you don't send us to home.
21:11 We don't want to stay there."
21:14 It is not uncommon for a single parent
21:16 in tribal communities to abandon their children
21:19 when his or her spouse dies.
21:20 And the children's relatives don't reveal the whole story
21:23 because they're ashamed of the truth
21:25 and are unwilling to reveal the customs
21:27 and practices that are prevalent
21:29 in their community that may seem bizarre
21:31 and cruel to an outsider.
21:34 Well, I don't think we can understand
21:36 the life of an orphan.
21:38 They may not know who their parents are
21:40 or they may know the tragic circumstances
21:42 they come from.
21:44 So we not only give them an education,
21:46 we give them a home.
21:48 We give them hope. We give them a future.
21:51 And just for a child knowing that they've got a future,
21:54 knowing that they've got somewhere
21:55 they can go in their life
21:57 makes a huge difference to them,
21:59 and we're just so excited
22:01 that we can be a part of making that total difference.
22:06 If they didn't come to Sunrise Home,
22:09 today, they might be somewhere, no one knows,
22:12 no education facilities,
22:13 no proper facilities, and also no food.
22:17 Even though they fill their stomach
22:19 with some porridge, that's not valuable food.
22:23 Here there's no valuable food,
22:25 most of the children are malnutritious.
22:31 If they didn't come to Sunrise Home,
22:33 by this time,
22:35 the children might have been disappeared.
22:39 Knees bent...
22:41 Stomach out...
22:42 Head bent...
22:44 Making melody in my heart
22:47 Making melody in my heart
22:51 Making melody in my heart
22:55 Making melody in my heart
22:59 Unto the King of kings
23:05 Sunrise Home has given Akhil and Charan
23:07 a sense of belonging,
23:09 a sense of place that is safe and comfortable,
23:11 a place where they don't feel
23:13 like they're orphaned or abandoned.
23:15 Thanks to Akhil and Charan's sponsors,
23:17 Child Impact is giving them a new life at Sunrise Home
23:21 and giving them an opportunity to receive a proper education.
23:25 Really, I want to thank Akhil and Charan's sponsors
23:29 for playing an important role in their lives.
23:32 And now they're very happy here,
23:34 I'm only the caretaker,
23:35 who is taking care of them and molding them,
23:37 but they are important persons who had given them good life.
23:43 Well, when I go to Sunrise Home,
23:45 children like Akhil and Charan just come running towards you.
23:50 They're just so happy to see you.
23:52 It's as if they have the sense
23:54 that you are a part of their family,
23:57 and it's one of the most rewarding aspects
24:00 of the job that I have.
24:01 And I'm very grateful that I've had this experience
24:04 of having children just so happy, beaming,
24:08 and if you saw them
24:09 when they had first come in to where they are now,
24:12 we're not only giving them education,
24:14 but we're making their lives.
24:16 We literally become a part of their family.
24:19 And it's just so exciting, and I'm just so grateful
24:23 that I can be a part of this work
24:26 that the donors do.
24:34 Today, Child Impact International
24:36 is reaching out to children in need.
24:38 And for brothers like Akhil and Charan,
24:40 Sunrise Home is a safe haven,
24:42 providing not just their basic needs
24:44 and an opportunity for an education
24:46 but giving them parental love and affection,
24:49 a chance and a hope for a brighter future.
24:53 Coming, where I do, from America,
24:57 I knew, I read, I've heard the stories,
25:01 I've seen the film clips,
25:04 but until you walk...
25:14 Until you walk on these sidewalks of the home
25:19 where the children are staying and you see
25:22 what is going on in their faces,
25:27 you can be assured that a good work is happening,
25:32 you can rest assured that lives are being changed,
25:36 children are being made happy,
25:39 and it was a powerful experience
25:41 that allayed any concerns
25:45 that I had about the value
25:48 that I am getting from my sponsorship.
25:51 There's no problem.
25:53 I just love, love what's going on.