Adopt a Village
Eighty percent of India’s people live in remote and inaccessible areas of the nation. They lack basic human needs such as clean drinking water or a decent shelter to protect them from the vagaries of nature. Both children and adults suffer from severe malnutrition, most living on just one meal a day. Infant mortality is extremely high. In most of India’s 700,000 villages the literate population is just a staggering 20 percent. Added to these physical and material hardships is the overwhelming spiritual poverty that entangles India’s people in a vicious web of idolatry, superstition, and polytheism. We hear the cries of millions around this nation – a cry for deliverance. The India Gospel League sees the great need – a need to know the truth of the gospel, which can set the people free.
The Adopt-a-Village (AAV) program concerns itself with the holistic development of these neglected populations. It brings transformation to every aspect of the entire village. This five-year program meets not just specific needs like improving adult literacy or educating children or proclaiming the Gospel, but it is strategically planned to reach out to all individuals and fulfill a variety of needs in a rural village.
IGL believes that, whether it is the transformation of an individual person or an entire village, it is the Gospel that triggers the change. For this reason the AAV program begins with the planting of a church. This nucleus of believers will be a tangible witness to the community of the power of Jesus Christ. The ultimate aim is to see this church become self-propagating, self-governing, and self-supporting.
The AAV program covers five broad areas--evangelism and church planting, child care, health care, rural development, and administration, in this order. Starting with special meetings, villagers are introduced to what AAV offers and why. They see from the beginning that change is coming to their village, not only in the spiritual realm but also in the social and economic dimensions of their lives.
These five areas of development will touch people’s lives in several areas, including health and hygiene; adult literacy; non-formal education; agriculture and cottage trades; poultry, cattle and diary development; mother and child care; development of women; nutrition and immunization; water resource development; vocational training and guidance; development of co-operatives; and construction of low-cost housing. During the five years, there will not be one person whose life has not been influenced for the better by these initiatives.