Greetings in the name of our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ,
In June, 2009, while we were in one of our council sessions with our GEM INDIA leadership, the Lord expanded the door of ministry to more children and women.
GEM Orphans and Needy Children:
We have enlarged our selection process to include needy children. Needy children are children who may be receiving care from one parent, grandparent(s), or a relative. However, the parent or relative does not have adequate financial means to raise the child to adulthood. In many cases, these children are forced to work in the fields or care for animals instead of going to school.
The daily challenges of caring for orphans include meeting their basic physical needs, getting them educated, and training them in the ways of Jesus Christ. When any orphan becomes defiant, unruly, and uncorrectable, he is returned to his former residence. Because of these potential times of transition, we will post each orphan’s picture, name, age, and grade level on the website. We will not post a biography of each child since some of the boys stay with us for a short time due to their inappropriate conduct. As soon as one boy is removed from the GEM campus, we immediately look for a replacement. We are committed to having ten boys at this time.
Currently, we do not have the financial ability to hire a full-time Dean of Orphans. Even when we do have a Dean of Orphans, he cannot be consumed by the rebelliousness of one boy when we have so many boys with which to deal. If a child does not want to be with us, we will not force the child to stay with us. There are millions of children who are in need in India. We can easily find children to replace the one(s) who do not want our loving care.
Joseph Murala, the founder of GEM, is unable to be the Dean of Orphans. He has the managerial responsibilities for GEM INDIA, shepherding the church on the GEM campus, guiding/teaching our GEM pastors at other churches, and caring for his household. His two sons, Abraham and Joshua, are both married, are doing their Masters of Theology degrees by correspondence, working with their father in the ministry, doing outreach ministry away from the campus, and supervising and training the orphans in the ways of Christ. They do not have the time to be hindered with boys that are not obedient. “Do not be deceived: ‘Bad company corrupts good morals’” (I Corinthians 15:33). To keep the other orphans in Christian compliance, we will remove the scoffer from the obedient boys. “Drive out the scoffer, and contention will go out, even strife and dishonor will cease” (Proverbs 22:10). When our financial resources are greater and we have another floor built on the staff living quarters, we will care for 20 – 30 orphans. At that time we will need a full-time cook and a full-time Dean of Orphans to deal consistently with the orphans. One of the Dean’s responsibilities will be to disciple each of the orphans in the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Eventually, we hope to care for an equal number of male and female orphans. We know the Lord Jesus Christ can easily provide the facilities, the work force, and the financial support to care for fifty boys and fifty girls. It is our desire to see this occur soon, but it is His choice and His timing that govern GEM.
When the orphans are adults, we pray that many of them will attend our future GEM seminary. We want our orphans to serve the Lord while being connected to GEM INDIA. It is a common problem in India that pastors and those who call themselves pastors become independent. This allows these men to do whatever they want to do with their congregations. Many times this leads to carnality among the congregation and unbiblical teachings began to occur. Everyone needs to be accountable to someone else. We want our GEM pastors to be under the “umbrella” of GEM INDIA for their protection and for their congregations’ protection.
GEM Widows and Needy Women:
We have enlarged our selection process to include widows and needy women. A needy woman is one who has been abandoned by her husband. We will also help needy married women when it is obvious that the couple does not have enough money to adequately provide for the basic needs of their family. Many of the people who live in the adjacent village and surrounding area live in circular one room thatched-roof homes. There is no indoor plumbing. “Running water” is accomplished by the women running and/or walking to the local government-drilled well which is used by the entire community.
There are many women who come to worship at the GEM campus church. Some are widows and some are needy women. However, we also want to minister to those who do not attend church. We want all of these women to be treated equally. We have two sewing machines in the GEM campus church. We desire to buy several more sewing machines. There is a need to pay for a part-time seamstress to train the local women. We will freely train the women in the skills of being a seamstress. Initially, we will supply the fabric during their training process. Once they are trained, they can purchase their own fabric and make clothing to sell. They will be allowed to take turns on the sewing machines that are in the church until they have the means to purchase their own sewing machines. This training will help the local women to have a home industry when they are not laboring in the fields. Since many of the women are too old to work in the fields, this will provide them with a means of income. There is no welfare system or retirement pension for most of the population of India. Of course, GEM does not only desire to meet the physical needs of these many women, but to also help them with their spiritual needs.
Pray to the Lord of the Harvest, Jesus Christ. We need His guidance for the proper selection of the children and the women. God knows who is ripe unto harvest much better than we could ever know for it is God who reads the hearts of mankind. “For the Word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts [are higher] than your thoughts”
To God be the everlasting glory,
President of GEM USA