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OJC September Prayer Initiative: India
By Guest Author on September 5th, 2012

For the month of September, we are praying for the fatherless in India every Friday at 6:00am in the IHOPKC Global Prayer Room, and we want you to join your prayer with ours! We want a corporate body to go before the Lord carrying this nation in our hearts and petitions. You can join us at ihopkc.org, where the prayer room is broadcasted live, 24/7. Watch the webstream »

About Children at Risk in India
My heart aches to know all that the Lord feels when He looks on India. Though India has three times the population of the United States, the nation’s people are living in one third of the space. The needs that permeate this nation are overwhelming. Extreme poverty, famine, drought, disease, and natural disasters spread across the land, producing a nation constantly riddled with devastation.

When I first learned of how many orphans lived in India, I stumbled over the devastating number—31 million, the largest number of estimated orphans and vulnerable children in the world. Also, 60,000 children a year are born with HIV and the number continues to significantly increase. [1]

When a baby is born in India, he or she is automatically born into a caste system, which will determine occupation, level of education, marriage, and rights as an Indian citizen. There are four primary castes in India, but falling below this social structure are the Dalits, or “Untouchables” who in Hindu culture are considered less than human. Dalits are expected to perform menial, degrading tasks that include unclogging sewers and disposing of dead bodies, and are forced to live in separate settlements. In India alone, the combined population of Dalits and other low-caste groups equals approximately 700 million people. [2] Dalit orphans are hated and despised, and the vast majority are consigned to the lowest jobs in society when abandoned—prostitution included.

Though many orphaned children have one or both living parents, a number of parents cannot care for their children due to severe poverty. Still more children lose their parents to disease. India is considered the world capital of leprosy and tuberculosis, with more than 1.6 million cases of tuberculosis diagnosed every year. Leprosy is also still widespread in one-third of India with 127,000 new cases diagnosed in 2010. Children of leprosy patients are rejected from public school because of the social stigma of the disease. [3]

Other children are born to temple prostitutes and never know their fathers. These children often become the property of the temple. Eventually they, too, are forced into child prostitution. [4]

As we look into such overwhelming devastation, we must look up to Jesus, who is the answer. He has the highest name and holds the greatest power.

– Kinsey Thurlow

Join with Us in These Prayer Points
Friday, September 7, at 6:00am, we will begin focused prayer for these children.

  • Pray from Malachi 4:6, that God will turn the hearts of many to these children, and that the eyes of many would be opened to the struggle of the fatherless in India.
  • Ask the Father to give dreams and visions to the children, encounters to those that seek to harm them, that they would all know God and turn their hearts to Him. (Acts 2:17)
  • Pray that God will raise up those with boldness to preach the gospel in India. (Acts 4:29)
  • Ask the Father to come swiftly to deliver orphans in India from those who seek to harm them, by raising up men and women who have the resources and wisdom to set them in places of safety. (2 Thes. 3:2)
  • Pray that orphans, caregivers, and all who come into contact with them would know God and accept Him into their hearts. (Eph. 3:17–19)
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