LIM started working in India in 1998. LIM’s roots are in the local church and LIM continues to partner many churches in the UK and overseas. Our aim is to help the local church initiate life-changing projects and to take responsibility for the poor, disadvantaged and vulnerable in society. LIM has overseen several key building projects in India. These include a 150 place residential Bible College and the Bethany Children’s Home, both of which are located in Erode, South India. Bethany Children’s Home currently cares for over 60 children (boys and girls).
LIM commenced working in the Indian state of Kerala in 2004 after the Tsunami had hit there really badly. Many children were orphaned. In 2005 LIM registered as a charity in India and took on Charis Bhavan (Charis House) in Kerala, India. Pastor Reji Varghese, pastor of an Indian church in Manchester affiliated to the Lighthouse, set up Charis Bavan with his wife Reena and are project managers there. Charis House currently cares for 19 children, boys and girls. Though it is a small beginning we believe the love and care being offered will grow to help many more neglected children.
After working in Goa since 2004, LIM was registered as a trust in Goa in April 2007. With the new trust came a new project, a children’s home named the Lighthouse. The Lighthouse welcomed its first children into the home in June 2007. The aim of the Lighthouse is to provide a family atmosphere and to develop the children in its care through love and encouragement, to give the children a hope and belief in themselves, thereby enabling each child to achieve the best they can and to give each child the hope and opportunity of a brighter tomorrow.
The home was established primarily to meet the needs of children some of whom have parents who are HIV positive. The home also provides help for children who are in difficult circumstances and children who have different levels of ability. Some of our children are orphans, a number of our children have a parent or guardian who have serious health issues, the majority of our children have a single parent.
Tricia and Graham are and English couple who are members of the Lighthouse in Manchester. They had been assisting charities in Goa since 1999, and began working with LIM in Goa in 2005.
There are currently two homes for children, one for boys and one for girls, both in Tivim, Goa. The girls’ home is a very large property, capable of accommodating up to 20 girls. The boys’ home is a smaller property which can cater for up to 12 boys.
Because the aim is to develop the children through love and encouragement to achieve the best they can, and to live as a family, the number of children in the homes is kept relatively small.
It is essential that the children have the opportunity of a good education; we aim to encourage capable students in further studies and for all children to have the opportunity of vocational training.
Bethany Fellowship ministry has a project specifically caring for those with Leprosy, which shows Christian love in action. As these lepers are being neglected and rejected by the communities around them (as socially there is still a stigma attached to leprosy in India) Bethany Fellowship provides food, clothes and the necessary medicine and treatment needed. Two colonies continue to receive support.
Through a generous legacy LIM was able to build a Bible College in Erode, India (situated next to the Bethany Children’s Home). The Bethany Fellowship (LIM’s partners in Erode) organize and administer the bible teaching programme in the college which prepares pastors, evangelist and leaders. So far the bible college has sent out over many pastors and evangelist to different parts of India. This is the only bible college for the entire area of Erode. The main vision of the bible college is to train and equip God's people to reach India for God's Kingdom.
At present there are over 60 children for whom we love, care for and support. This home is maintained by the generous gifts and monthly sponsorships from many individuals. We have new house parents, Samuel & Sophia, and it is evident that the children are very happy and more organized.
Jemima Judith is one of the children who grew up at Bethany Children’s Home and has gone on to university. Two of the boys from the home have recently gone to college and are to be followed by 3 more of the young people later in the year. We are very keen to see all of the children in our care educated as well as looked after. Thankfully due to ongoing sponsorships we are able to continue to support of children like Jemima who have now left the home. Jemima is now at university where she is working hard and very much enjoying her studies. She comes back to the home to stay for many of the weekends and the holidays and is able to help out with the other children and encourage them in their own studies. Thanks to supports we have been able to equip the home with 2 new computers with plans for an additional 3 computers. This allows the children to learn word processing skills which are vital to them for future career prospects and also gives them the opportunity to communicate with the outside world through regulated use of the internet.
As always, fundraising is increasingly necessary to help with improvements at the home, and we continue to look for more sponsors for each of the children (we are still in need of sponsors for 2/3 of the children at Bethany). If you would like to sponsor a Bethany child, please check the 'Sponsor a child' page on this site! Thank you!
The Build A Church Scheme (BACS) is a simple but effective scheme; through gifts from individuals/churches we have been able to build churches in Kerala,Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka regions of India. Many thousands of people have been added to the church via the BACS programme.
BACS has become a fantastic way of reaching out and helping many Christians in some of the remotest parts in India. We are delighted with the progress that BACS has made and the way it has influenced and inspired many Indians in the face of world crisis and hardships to find Christ and bring the heart of God’s love to many who did not have the opportunity previously.
There are still many Christians facing persecution in India, and we have found that BACS is one of the best ways to show a united front in a very difficult time. Our aim is to reach 100 churches built within the next 3-4 years.
BACS churches are the result of donations from individuals and churches in the UK and Ireland designated for that purpose. Many are built in memory of a friend or loved one. As such the funding of the BACS scheme is totally separate from any other funding or project.
New BACS Options:
£1,500 builds a 100-150 seater church
£1,700 builds a 180-220 seater church
£2,000 builds a 250+ seater church
If you would like more information on this then please request a leaflet today by calling 0161 786 1440.