In India, COVID has taken a painful toll—especially on the youth. Since the pandemic began, children have faced isolation, educational and economic poverty, and overwhelming health risks. Domestic violence has increased, and more than 30 percent of families report they are no longer able to provide for their children. Statistics show that as of early June, more than 30,000 children in India have been orphaned, have lost at a parent, or have been abandoned due to COVID. Many of these children now face the risks of human trafficking as well.
As children struggle to deal with the trauma caused by the pandemic, caring adults in India stand ready to invest in the lives of these children with a message of hope in Jesus at a time when only His love can bring lasting change. But many of these adults are discouraged by the overwhelming need and lack the training and tools to minister to children who have faced trauma.
To equip these caring ministry leaders, the David Caleb Cook Foundation’s India team just completed a series of videos designed to provide the practical skills and encouragement needed to minister to children who have experienced trauma. Covering topics such as God’s heart for children, spiritual development in children, and ministering to traumatized children, these videos will help ministry leaders understand how to deliver a message of hope to vulnerable children facing grief, anger, and fear.
These videos are designed for use with the David Caleb Cook Foundation’s Life on Life discipleship resource. Life on Life is available in English, Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, and Telegu to equip ministry leaders in India to see the children in their communities transformed by God’s love as they learn what it means to know and follow Him in every area of life, even the difficult ones.
Please join us in praying that this new project will be an encouragement to children’s ministry leaders in India—and that God will continue to open new doors to share His love with children around the globe.