Hope In Motion

Discovering Hope

Three Angels Broadcasting Network

Program transcript



Series Code: HIM

Program Code: HIM000225A

00:07 Child Impact International is an organization giving hope.
00:11 Previously called Asian Aid,
00:13 Child Impact International is an organization
00:15 fostering permanent positive change
00:18 in the lives of disadvantaged children
00:20 and their communities.
00:21 Child Impact is committed to making a difference
00:24 in the lives of children
00:25 and those who are in need, serving communities in India,
00:28 Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar,
00:32 and will soon expand to other countries.
00:34 For the last 50 years,
00:36 Child Impact has invested in the futures of people,
00:39 and their investment has proven infinite returns,
00:42 driven by the dedication to helping those
00:44 who have the least.
00:45 Child Impact is an organization
00:47 focused on the welfare of children,
00:49 implementing diverse development projects
00:52 and sponsoring thousands of children.
00:54 Their outreach spans from child rescue operations
00:57 to providing an education for orphans, deaf,
01:00 and the blind children
01:01 giving them a sense of place, a home.
01:04 But above all, Child Impact is an organization giving hope,
01:08 giving hope to children,
01:10 giving hope to communities,
01:11 giving hope to the ones who need it the most.
01:14 This is Hope in Motion.
01:31 Carl Ginger's involvement with Child Impact International
01:34 as one of its board members
01:35 has taken him to India many times.
01:38 The vibrancy of life in India
01:40 is something that has captivated him,
01:42 and it's a place to experience and appreciate life.
01:45 For Carl, this was one such opportunity.
01:48 He is traveling with Jim Rennie,
01:49 CEO of Child Impact
01:51 and his fellow board member and friend Dittu Abraham
01:54 to the school for speech and hearing in Kollegal.
02:03 As they drive down into the campus,
02:05 the children appear from nowhere to greet them.
02:08 Their smiling faces and their warm welcome
02:10 was rewarding for the visitors.
02:12 The children were all well groomed
02:14 and were all ready for church.
02:22 I'm here at a church service with these children
02:26 and getting their responses
02:29 toward the questions we ask about Jesus Christ,
02:32 the energy they have, the commitment they have,
02:34 the pleasure in being part of a church service.
02:37 It truly is amazing.
02:39 This is something we can give these kids
02:41 that they would never have,
02:43 never have had the opportunity of knowing Jesus Christ,
02:46 and we are going to see results for eternity.
02:58 The church service was an amazing experience
03:01 that changed some of Carl's unconscious preconceptions.
03:05 These disabled children clearly demonstrated their ability
03:08 to praise God, albeit in their own way
03:11 but it also demonstrated the role we play
03:13 as an institution and a church
03:15 in reaching out to this community.
03:18 When I look at this place,
03:19 I'm convinced that this is exactly
03:21 what God wants us to be doing as a church
03:24 that working with the children
03:25 who otherwise in society would be rejected,
03:28 and cast aside,
03:29 and not provided the means to an education.
03:32 I think this is what the church should be doing
03:34 as part of its gospel outreach.
03:36 This is a testimony to the love of Jesus Christ,
03:40 for the most rejected,
03:42 for the most ignored part of society.
03:46 And these children are just the type of people
03:48 we should be serving.
03:51 Children like this are often seen as a liability
03:55 by the family and by the community.
03:57 This school changes that, this school gives them hope,
04:02 this school gives them an education
04:04 which in most cases enables them
04:06 to have a job and to have a future.
04:08 And then many of these children assist in funding
04:13 or supporting their family or village.
04:17 This school makes a difference far beyond the child
04:22 that attends here.
04:27 The school for speech and hearing
04:28 is what Child Impact is all about,
04:31 helping children in need
04:32 and giving them an opportunity
04:33 to look beyond their disability,
04:36 rejected by their family and society,
04:38 they would have lost all hope,
04:39 but this school has given them hope,
04:41 it has given them a future.
04:43 And for boys and girls that live here,
04:45 it has given them a place they can call home.
04:48 This is also having an impact on their family.
04:51 Their immediate family can be proud
04:53 now their child can achieve something
04:55 and have a job.
04:56 This school is making a difference
04:58 far beyond the education
04:59 the child receives at the school.
05:02 When we say, reaching out to the least of these,
05:06 this is what we mean.
05:07 This school and what happens here
05:10 is reaching out to the least of these
05:12 who would have been rejected by their society,
05:16 their family had no hope,
05:18 this school has made a difference,
05:20 and so they've gone from being the least of these
05:23 to being something to having a career,
05:26 and then actually impacting
05:28 on their village or with their family.
05:36 Lakshmi is a 12-year-old girl at the school.
05:39 She was born deaf and has been at the school
05:41 since she was just two years old.
05:44 Lakshmi's parents separated when she was just a baby.
05:47 And her mother was having a hard time
05:49 bringing her up along with her older sister
05:51 and brother who was also deaf.
05:53 Lakshmi is right now doing fourth standard here,
05:58 and we are hoping that
05:59 she will finish her studies from our school,
06:01 go on to do college just like her brother,
06:04 and be able to earn a living.
06:06 Now the reason why Lakshmi's mother and father
06:09 were separated is because of some family issues,
06:12 and they've been separated for more than 10 years now.
06:16 The father lives with his mother
06:19 in another state,
06:20 and the mother brought up all these three children
06:24 by working in a factory that makes noodles.
06:28 And because she's not able to give them a good education,
06:31 she has put both her hard of hearing children
06:34 over here in our school.
06:37 Lakshmi's mother married when she was just 16.
06:40 Although such practices exist in rural India
06:43 since ancient times,
06:44 it would be hard for someone to assimilate this mentality
06:47 especially for a first time visitor to rural India.
06:51 Lakshmi's mother was also got married at a very young age
06:57 and that's the same thing
06:58 that she did with her elder daughter.
07:01 And we are hoping that that same thing
07:02 doesn't happen to Lakshmi
07:05 that she will be able to finish her studies,
07:06 her college, and then get into a good job,
07:08 and then look for getting married to someone.
07:11 We're hoping that that'll happen to her.
07:14 One can only hope
07:15 that Lakshmi will have the opportunity
07:17 to break the shackles of their long observed traditions
07:20 and compulsions, and hope that education
07:22 will let her have the freedom to choose
07:24 how she wants to live.
07:35 Lakshmi's family lived in a nearby village,
07:38 and Carl was anxious to meet them.
07:40 Upon arriving at her village,
07:42 it was clear that Lakshmi's family loved her very much,
07:45 and she loved her family.
07:47 The home was certainly minimalistic,
07:49 but hospitality was evident.
07:51 Seeing how content they were with
07:52 what they had was such a blessing
07:54 and a valuable lesson to all addicted to consumerism.
07:58 Carl got to talk to Kalavathi,
08:00 Lakshmi's mother through the help of Rajkumar
08:03 who was translating for him.
08:12 Her wish is her two children got educated in this Asian Aid,
08:15 through Asian Aid, sponsored through Asian Aid.
08:18 And there are many children in the villages,
08:20 she also want them to get educated same thing.
08:23 She want more sponsors to come forward
08:25 so that many children can come to the light.
08:29 Although the pain of life struggle was deep within her,
08:31 one could sense how happy she was knowing
08:34 that her daughter Lakshmi was well taken care of,
08:36 and she was thankful for what we could do as an organization.
08:40 Rajkumar, we've just been talking to Lakshmi's mother.
08:44 There must be lots of other children in these villages
08:48 who have disabilities.
08:52 What would be the situation if there was no help?
08:57 If there is no outside help, for example, like Asian Aid,
09:01 the other NGOs in India,
09:04 families like this will suffer very much.
09:09 And the pathetic situation is,
09:11 if there are no NGOs coming forward
09:13 to help them like these kids,
09:16 the society will be dropping them to one corner.
09:20 They'll not come out, and they can't get exposure.
09:24 If people,
09:28 the society from outside
09:29 comes and helps people like these small villages,
09:32 remote villages,
09:34 children like Lakshmi will come up much brighter.
09:38 Their future, they can read it.
09:40 Otherwise, their future will be in debris.
09:47 You know, this is an example of what can happen
09:50 when someone like Asian Aid gets involved
09:53 and sponsors get involved in the child's life.
09:56 We can transform the person, give them a future,
10:00 create opportunities for them to be themselves,
10:04 be what God intended them to be.
10:07 What a privilege to create, and generate,
10:11 and multiply hope.
10:23 For someone like Lakshmi,
10:24 having a loving family is a blessing.
10:27 Because her mother wanted the best for her,
10:29 she was willing to leave her
10:30 in a school's boarding environment
10:32 just so she could give her the education
10:34 she otherwise would be unable to provide.
10:37 Most of these children understand their difficulties
10:40 at home, and understand the opportunities
10:42 they have been given by their sponsors,
10:44 and are ever thankful for the part
10:45 they are playing in their lives.
10:48 I'm sure that these children are very thankful
10:52 to their sponsors
10:53 and the sponsors should know this
10:56 that every day the children pray for them.
10:59 There's not a day goes
11:00 without the child praying for their sponsors.
11:03 And we are very thankful to the sponsors.
11:06 And they know the importance of sponsorship.
11:09 It's because of that sponsorship that they are here,
11:12 and they are having new friends,
11:16 a new life given to them.
11:21 Well, when I come to the school,
11:23 it's just touching.
11:25 I wish the sponsors could be here.
11:27 I wish the sponsors could really see
11:30 beyond the difference they're making.
11:32 The kids are so happy.
11:33 The kids want to touch you,
11:35 they want to communicate with you.
11:37 And without the sponsors, this simply wouldn't happen.
11:41 It's bigger than their education.
11:43 It's bigger than the child at the desk.
11:45 It's giving these kids a delight in life,
11:48 and that's what I see when I come here.
11:51 When Jesus was on this earth, He invited the poor,
11:54 the blind, the lame, the deaf into the temple
11:58 and had fellowship with them.
11:59 Jesus mentioned that when we do service
12:01 to the least of these,
12:03 we are doing service to Him,
12:05 and this is what Jesus meant to take care of the ones
12:07 who are less fortunate than us.
12:09 What a blessing it is for us to be in His service.
12:13 Many times I question myself asking,
12:16 "Am I doing the preaching work here,
12:20 or am I doing some kind of service?"
12:22 But then I realize
12:23 what Jesus told that true religion
12:25 is to take care of the orphans, the widows,
12:29 and the less fortunate ones.
12:31 And then by seeing the lives of these children transforming,
12:35 it gives me hope and courage, Yes, what we are doing here is,
12:39 any day, the best thing that we must be doing.
12:42 It's important that the church has these services going on.
12:50 Today, this school for speech and hearing
12:52 is a beacon for Christ in this area.
12:54 With this school in Kollegal,
12:56 Child Impact International
12:57 is not only bringing hope to the children,
13:00 but also the community
13:01 as it sees practical Christianity in action.
13:04 The church could not have scripted a better outcome,
13:07 just being there and demonstrating love
13:09 on a consistent basis
13:11 reflects the image of God.
13:15 These children are preparing for their final exams tomorrow.
13:20 And it's clear
13:22 that these children are being prepared
13:25 not just to survive,
13:26 but for a future tomorrow and a future for eternity.
13:30 And for Asian Aid to be involved
13:33 in creating these opportunities really warms my heart.
13:37 It's helping me see what it is really to be human.
13:41 And I'm so glad to be part of that.


Revised 2019-10-31