Growing a Spiritual Life
Spiritual growth is very important at the HOC Orphanage. Every morning and evening the children have a time of praise and prayer. They have a group Bible study twice a week and attend church on Sundays. They have also been growing in their personal prayer lives, spending time alone with God.
The children share,
“We intercede for the ministry and we pray for our sponsors. Our heart burden is to reach souls. We feel like we have unity here. When we go to school the teachers know that we are good, obedient children.”
Testimonies at Home of Compassion Orphanage
Every year when we interview the children living at the Home of Compassion (HOC) orphanage, it brings us such hope to hear how each one is growing, learning, and experiencing more of Jesus. The children arehappy, healthy, hopeful for their futures and grateful for the ways that they were rescued from the bleakness of their pasts. Love and compassion have changed their lives forever; provision and a family setting have given them something they weren’t able to receive from their blood relatives. Each of the children told us what they like most about HOC, what they want to be when they grow up, and some shared testimonies of how God is using them.
Here is what a few of the children shared:
What I like best about Home of Compassion:
“God gave me a new life here at the home. He healed me from sickness and I no longer get any beatings. I like the food here and I feel a lot of love here at the home.” (Sasikala—age 10)
“When I lived in my home, I didn’t have enough food to eat and I couldn’t go to school, but since I came here, I don’t have to worry about food and I can do my studies. Jesus has blessed me, and I have learned a lot of disciplinehere”. (Susee—age 11)
“In my family I suffered a lot. When I would get in trouble my uncle would burn me with a hot iron. But since I have been living here at this home I have been very happy. I have learned a lot with my education”. (Vijayalakshmi –age 16)
What I want to be when I grow up:
“A doctor—because I want to help other people”. (Karthika—age 12)
Testimonies: "One day a girl came to the school from another part of Tamil Nadu as an exchange student. After a week this girl was really depressed and one day she drank the poison. The nursing school saved her life. I was able to sit with her and I shared the gospel to her and told her that Jesus has a purpose in her life. Now she has accepted Christ and she is doing well. I am also sharing the gospel to some friends at school and some of them also have received Jesus into their lives!" (Helen Mary –age 17)