Christian & Davis is honored to sponsor two children who have been saved from slavery in India. Set Free Alliance in partnership with The Sylom Pastor's League is providing total care for over 750 children who have been rescued from slavery in rock quarries or abandoned by their desperately poor or sick parents. Please visit the Set Free Alliance website for other great stories relating to the success of the ministry. Here is a recent article realting to the trials and tribulations faced by these children in India.
What compels this girl to give back?
Meet Gunimidi Mariyakumari. She is living proof that investing in the lives of the Set Free children is paying off!
Mariyakumari is approximately 17 years old (she doesn't know her date of birth). She comes from a typical "untouchable" family--five sisters and four brothers. She and her sisters were sent to work as slaves in rock quarries to pay off a debt their family was manipulated into---shipped to different quarries working for many years. Separated from her family and sisters...
Suffering abuse & neglect at the hands of the supervisors and others...
In January, 2012, Mariyakumari and the other children working in that quarry were rescued by Pastor Praveen. She lived in a small home with sixty other rescued girls, sleeping on the concrete floors, cared for by a pastor and his family.
"We were so happy that we were out of the quarries, and that Pastor Praveen came to rescue us. But I was also sad because my sisters were not with me."
Mariyakumari was now receiving food, a basic education, & learning about the love of Christ. She was also learning to sew--a skilled vocational trade that she saw as an opportunity try to escape the plight of being an "uneducated untouchable with no skilled trade." She and the other girls relished the opportunity to learn, and within a few months they were sewing clothing for the other Set Free children.
In April, 2013, Mariyakumari and 49 other girls were given the opportunity to work in tailoring in a shirt factory in Bangalore, earning ten times what a typical "untouchable" person makes in India!
By October, all 50 of the girls including Mariyakumari had been promoted. Most importantly, the manager commented to Pastor Praveen about the other women in the factory approached his "daughters," asking for prayers and wanting to hear about Jesus.