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International Cooperating Ministries Helps Get Orphaned Children in India Off the Dangerous Streets

by Staff
July 27, 2009
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HAMPTON, Va., ( -- On Tuesday, July 28, International Cooperating Ministries (ICM), a not-for-profit trans- denominational ministry that partners with indigenous ministries in 52 countries, and contemporary Christian radio network, Air 1 Radio, will raise funds to build church orphanages for ICM's Church Builders India project.

ICM Executive Chair, Janice Rosser Allen, will serve as on-air co-host, providing information and sharing the vision about the project, which is focused on helping the orphaned street children in India. ICM initially partnered with Air 1 in 2006 resulting in six church orphanages being built in Cambodia and Indonesia.

According to Paul Goldsmith, Brand Manager for Air 1 Radio, the station is glad to be able to help ICM share about the orphanage work. "In addition to creating exposure for their ministry, we are excited to partner with ICM for a special one-day fundraiser on Air 1 to build church-orphanages in India," Goldsmith said.

Currently, each church orphanage costs $18,000 and provides a place of worship for about 200 believers and a home for one dozen children. One ICM India partner who is a pastor reported that the church orphanage is one of the most effective tools for witnessing to a community as villagers see the compassion of the congregants serving the children and others in need.

Since ICM's orphanage work in India began, there has been a growing awareness of the magnitude of the orphan problem and a strengthened resolve to meet that need.

After returning from a trip to India in mid-2007, Burt Reed, Senior ICM Field Director for Asia, reported that children were being sold for as little as $12 into the slave trade. Some were placed in factories or made house slaves, while others were sold into prostitution or made beggars. Reed was shocked to hear that slave traders were often amputating the children's limbs to make them more effective beggars.

In response to this news, Reed shared that some of ICM's India partners were taking immediate action by adding a second floor to their existing church buildings, providing sanctuaries for the orphaned children.

Following Reed's report, ICM Founder, Dois Rosser, acknowledged the need to expand the orphanage work. At that time ICM began to implement a two-story church orphanage model to quickly raise church homes for these children. Today, ICM has partnered to build 47 church orphanages in India with another 37 underway.

The number of orphaned street children in India remains a staggering problem, with conservative estimates at 12 million--one million are expected to die within a year. Many of these children are from the lower caste groups considered "untouchables". The recent movie "Slumdog Millionaire" brought this Indian orphan tragedy to a new level of global awareness, but ICM hopes the Air 1 radio outreach will allow an even greater number of people to join the ministry's thousands of partners who have already taken action in the name of Jesus Christ to assist.

This isn't the first time ICM has helped build church orphanages. In Cambodia, ICM partnered to build 105 church homes with great success. Many of the children later grew up with a longing to give back to others through service professions, becoming policemen or pastors.

About 4 percent of India's population are Christians, but that number is children, adults, and communities are transformed through Jesus Christ and his Church. For more information on how you can help, visit or call 1-800-999- 3892.

About ICM
ICM is a not- for-profit trans-denominational ministry that works with indigenous partners in 52 countries to assist Church growth and nurture believers. To date, ICM has partnered to build 3,400 mother churches in remote villages worldwide and provides the Mini Bible College, a full survey of the Bible available in 26 languages, to new believers. Millions have given their lives to Christ or deepened their faith as a result of ICM partnership.

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