Trip Cost: $3,400
I am invited to a place like none other. A place where you will experience the heartbeat of Christ. A place called Happy Home for the Handicapped. A place for the orphan, the disabled, and the discarded children of Shimoga.
How I heard about this amazing place:
When Roshan came to the Westside location I was immediately captivated in the story of Happy Home and have yearned to serve on this team since. From there God has worked his magic, a few weeks later my mom and I joined a missional community which ended up with the main focus on Happy Home. Being able to hear the struggles as well as progress of Happy Home only furthered my heart grow for this program.
Many children born with disabilities such as downs syndrome, cerebral palsy, blindness, are simply cast out from their homes and families from shame, poverty, and a lack of knowledge in how to properly care for and nurture them. When families are able to keep these children, they are often locked up or tied up for 12 or more hours each day while both parents work to keep them safe and from running away. These children find the love of Jesus at Happy Home where they are loved, fed, given physical therapy, speech therapy, and the kind of family that sees beyond the broken flesh. While not all children at Happy Home are handicapped, many others come to receive the same love and care when families are no longer able to provide for them.
Taking care of the 80-100 children at Happy Home is a 24/7 commitment of love that is run by Roshan, Rose, Irene, and a few aunties. The work is rich, yet exhausting. Teams that serve will help to feed them twice a day, encourage them with their chores, help get them ready for school, play sports and games with them, all while giving the family some much needed rest. Happy Home is housed in a 200 year old structure that is in need of continual upkeep. During your time you will also help with projects on the facility, help with gardening, and get to enjoy authentic Indian cuisine from the bounty grown on the land.
Abilities I would add to the team:
One of my personal strengths is that I am discerning. I am able to see and understand what is going on spiritually with people and my surroundings. I am compassionate in a way that allows me to relate to peoples circumstances without going through it personally. With this i can pray and walk along side of those in need.
I attribute skills of a leader and a teammate. I can plan, organize, and delegate. I know my role and can perform within my boundaries as a team member.
In a country filled with Hinduism and idolatry, all of the children at Happy Home learn about Jesus and the Scriptures. They study daily, they pray, they share their stories, and they change you!!!
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