Satya has taught at one of our Life Centers in India for the last four years. In that time she has shared the Gospel with countless children. But the thing that has helped her ministry the most might surprise you: it’s the meals we provide at our Life Centers!
Satya knows most of her students live in poverty, so she is grateful to share a healthy meal with them. We’re providing nutrients these kids don’t get anywhere else, helping them grow strong and healthy. Satya tells us that for many of her students, the chicken or fish they have at the Life Center is the only real source of protein they eat all week.
As they share a meal together, Satya has the opportunity to connect with each child individually. Eating together helps break down barriers and builds relationships. And with a full belly, the kids are far more attentive during Bible study. Satya can’t imagine trying to help these kids grow spiritually on an empty stomach.
But the best part is how those healthy meals bring more kids to the Life Center!
Each healthy meal is a wonderful incentive for kids to attend. Many of Satya’s students are from Hindu backgrounds - their parents have no desire to send their kids to Christian programs. But they do want to see their children fed and healthy. With few other options, they’re happy to let the church help.
Satya told us about one girl in particular: Priya’s family is really struggling to make ends meet. When Priya’s mom saw the leftover Life Center food the neighbor girl was bringing home, she begged Satya to enroll Priya as well.
At the Life Center, Priya couldn’t believe these healthy meals were for her. She is so happy to eat with the other kids, and even more excited when she, too, can bring leftovers home. On many days, the food Priya brings home is all her family has for dinner.
And on top of that, Priya is now hearing the Gospel – for the first time ever! You see, Priya’s family are all Hindu. Without the meals provided at the Life Center they never would have considered sending Priya to a church program.
For Satya, even just one story like Priya’s would make all her work worth it. Satya herself comes from a Hindu background. She remembers clearly the way her life changed after she met Jesus, and wants nothing more than for her students to discover that same love.
Her absolute favorite thing about being a Life Center teacher is when the children share testimonies about the things God is doing in their lives. And to make those testimonies possible, Satya is convinced she has to start with sharing a healthy, tasty meal!
Childcare Worldwide is grateful to partner with generous people all over the world to help children in need. If you’re interested in feeding hungry children like Satya’s students, donate today!