29 January

“I was Without Shoes, and You Gave…”

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On January 27, 2014, ICM showed love to 350 poor and street children who attend school by giving them good shoes. This was a late Christmas for these children, many of whom have never had a good pair of shoes. It happened at ICM headquarters at Gandhinagar, Ongole, under the leadership of Mr. James Rebbavarapu, director of ICM.

shoes for poor 5One of the costs of poverty is that items like shoes are neglected. Poor children do without or wear very cheap or worn shoes, only when necessary. This distribution helps close the gap between what the rich can afford and what the poor cannot afford. The children were given the same good shoes as the rich children can buy. This made them very happy and also shows them that they are just as valuable as their wealthy schoolmates.

shoes for poor 7The chief guest was Mr. M.S.S. Ashok Babu, Deputy Superintendent of Police. He praised ICM for their kindness and care for these poor children. Mr. Rebbavarapu added that ICM always tries to fill the needs of the most vulnerable, especially children, in society. He said that education and health were one of the most important physical needs.

The programme was led with songs, games, and cultural activities for the children, who enjoyed the event very much.

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26 January

Emergency Rice

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emergency riceIndia Christian Ministries, along with Run 4 Rice and Communion of Covenant Churches, stretched out a helping hand in the month of January, 2014, in the form of rice for the poorest of the poor. Covenant pastors and others working in the slums selected the most vulnerable and needy families (around 700 people) for this emergency relief in order to stop starvation. They were selected out of Kukunur of Madak District, Gaddapaka of Karimnagar District, and Kottapeta of Madek District.

emergency rice3Rice is a staple food in India. A $13 bag of rice can feed a family of six for almost a month, yet among the poorest of poor, $13 is too much. Pastors with Covenant Churches and slum workers chose the people in their districts who were the most in need and partnered with ICM and Run 4 Rice to take care of them this month.

ICM Director Mr. James Rebbavarapu assured the people that whenever ICM had the funds, they would always try to give holistic support where it was needed most, and that ICM staff, along with Covenant Churches, will always strive to help the poor and needy.

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20 December

Christmas Sarees

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christmas sarees4India 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.

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10 December

ICM Flood Relief in the District of Kurnool

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rice distributionIn 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.

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10 November

A Blanket = Love

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love blanketIn the wake of flooding in Ongole in November, 2013, ICM helped with distribution of food, clothing, and also blankets. Many families lost everything in this flood, which was caused by heavy rain. On November 5th, 2013 ICM continued to help these victims by giving blankets to those who have lost theirs to the heavy rain.

ICM Director Mr. James Rebbavarapu spoke to many residents about the flooding and expressed his concern for those affected. Because of ICM’s concern for those in need, they have distributed rice to the same flood victims. Due to the change in weather since the flood, ICM decided this was a great opportunity to also give blankets to the poor and less fortunate.

love blanket 4This takes care of their physical needs and also helps them to feel that someone loves and cares for them. ICM believes in caring for others, regardless of their religion, the way Jesus cared for people.

The distribution took place at Sriram Colony, Chaitnaya colony, and other colonies. ICM is here for community development, to help those in need and show them love.

 

21 October

Water wells

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Water is vital to life. ICM knows this and with God’s help they are adding every day to the number of water wells in Andhra Pradesh.

Annaboinapally was a village without a water well. To go and retrieve water some of the people would walk, ride bike, or take ox cart 3km away to a near stream that runs below a sandy area. They would dig and dig and dig, thus making a large hole in the sand. After a few minutes this hole will slowly start to fill with water. The villagers then start to fill up there cisterns with water to last them about a day. This is a long and very time consuming process, sometimes not even finding water. When water is found, disease and other infestations are common and the water is at times not drinkable. ICM is on the move to change this with water bore wells. A bore well is a large diameter drill that drills a large hole deep into the ground to a pocket of water. Then a well is inserted with a pipe running from the water to the top of the well. To collect water all one has to do is pump the handle and water starts flowing from the nozzle. It is a fantastic sight! ICM is doing their best to make these wells available to as many villages as possible.

This cannot happen with the support of people and organizations. If you feel called to give to help dig water wells then click the button below. Thanks so much!

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12 October

International Girls Day

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The International Girls Child Day was celebrated on the campus of ICM at Enduluru Village of S.N.Padu Mandal on October 11th, 2013. The ICM Director James Rebbavarapu attained as Chief Guest speaker. He taught that girls should also be given equal opportunities along with boys so they can also learn and position themselves to get better jobs in the future. James condemns abortion and advocates that every girl has the right to birth and be brought up with good nutritional food. They should provide better educational opportunity. The countries development depends upon the welfare of women and children. Altogether about 1000 children and elders participated from different villages. On this occasion about 1000 shoes were distributed to the poor school going children.

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15 September

Water Wells

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Water is vital to life.

ICM knows this and with God’s help they are adding every day to the number of water wells in Andhra Pradesh. Annaboinapally was a village without a water well. To go and retrieve water some of the people would walk to a near sandy area and would dig. They would dig and dig and dig, thus making a large hole in the sand. After a few minutes this hole will slowly start to fill with water. The villagers then start to fill up there cisterns with water to last them about a day. This is a long and very time consuming process, sometimes not even finding water. ICM is on the move to change this with water bore wells. A bore well is a large diameter drill that drills a large hole deep into the ground to a pocket of water. Then a well is inserted with a pipe running from the water to the top of the well. To collect water all one has to do is pump the handle and water starts flowing from the nozzle. It is a fantastic sight! ICM is doing their best to make these wells available to as many villages as possible. This cannot happen with the support of people and organizations.

If you feel called to give to help dig water wells then please click Get involved then click donate! Thanks so much.

– ICM Team