GEM INDIA Orphans and Needy Children
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.
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 relatives 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.
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. We want our GEM pastors to be under the “umbrella” of GEM INDIA for their protection and for their congregations’ protection.
Pray to the Lord of the Harvest, Jesus Christ. We need His guidance for the proper selection of the children. 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”