India Christian Ministries distributed sarees to the poor women of Ongole, Prakasam district, on the 16th of December, 2013. It is the custom of ICM to hold a free saree distribution for the poor women before Christmas. These women need new clothing, but often neglect themselves because they want to make sure their children and husbands have nice clothing. Simply giving them special clothing makes them feel valued and loved.
Mr. Ashok Kumar (DTC-DSP) joined in the occasion as chief guest, along with ICM Director James Rebbavarapu. Mr. Kumar gave warm appreciation to ICM and Mr. Rebbavarapu for the distribution.
In the rural areas of the Kurnool district, a flood hit in November, 2013 due to severe rainfall. The Brahmana Kotkur village, about 20 km away from Kurnool, was badly hit. and many people lost everything in the disaster. ICM distributed 60 bags of rice (25 kgs each) to 60 families on December 3rd.
This distribution will help keep these villagers alive while they try to put their lives back together. Without it, recovering would have been an extremely difficult process.
The next day, ICM went on to help another village, Bhaskarapuram (35 km away from Kurnool headquarters), which was also badly affected by the flood. The poor there did not even have proper clothes to wear, so ICM distributed 270 sarees.
ICM believes that loving and caring for people is one of the highest commandments of Jesus. Therefore, regardless of religion, ICM seeks out those in need and tries to fill those needs.
I arrived in Ongole July 4th, 2013 to start my 5 month volunteer trip at ICM. I didn’t know what to expect as I depart from Oklahoma. I was ready, open, and willing to accept whatever was given to me. I am a graduate from a technology school with skills in all types of media. I was given the task of updating and gathering content for icmin.org and update social media. The website was recently updated and needed content added to it. It took me weeks to finally understand all of ICM’s numerous departments and to meet the staff. I started to add content to the website using WordPress, which I had only played with before I came to India. I was unexperienced to say the least. But I was willing! After much frustration, tinkering and prayer, I was able to do what needed to be done. I was able to use my own photography on the site and some graphic design work. I am praying for the next person that takes my place; that they will far exceed my work. It was hard being this far from home, working every day, and being challenged to accomplish tasks I had no idea how to do. I failed in a lot of ways in helping ICM, but I grew in so many ways by being here. But all I can do is take what I learned and move forward with what God is leading me to.
I met so many great volunteers through ICM. People I will never forget and hope to see in the near future. It is awesome that this far from home I can meet people like these, and I am so thankful for it. The people who live are fantastic as well! So many friendly faces, kids waving and the occasional scream of “America” as go by. It was a blessing to meet all of them.
My prayers are with ICM and the family that is the staff. They have taught me so much and have been so warm and welcoming.
“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” -1 Corinthians 10:31
The World AIDS day program conducted by India Christian Ministries under the leadership of its Director Mr. James Rebbavarapu in Ongole town. In this occasion, the ICM staff and volunteers joined with rally along with other government and non government organization those which participate at district collector office and taken procession from there with the massage of district collector and the MP of Ongole.The procession took place from collectorate to Doctor Ambedkar Bhavana where the Public meeting conducted along with HIV positive people and other organizations. In this meeting, the ICM distributed 175 blankets to the HIV people through the hands of District Medical Health Office, Dr Rama Tulasamma and the district legal services authority member secretary and Judge, Mr V. Mohan Kumar. The District medical officer and the Judge who presided to this meeting appreciated the services of ICM done so far to the poor and the needy.
Speaking on this occasion to the press people, The ICM director, Mr.James Rebbavarapu told that the ICM has been serving to the needy since 13 years and conducted service oriented programs. He also said from this on wards the ICM is going to do more awareness and nutrition program to the HIV/AIDS people.
On this occasion, The District officers of AIDS Control Project awarded a Memento to the ICM organization.