Teen Ministry seeks to win to Christ and improve the lives of severely impoverished teenage girls living in the “garbage city” of Cairo, Egypt. Teen Ministry primarily teaches these young girls to find joy in Christ; much of their time is devoted to praying and studying the Bible. Teen Ministry teaches girls who have never been taught hygiene or cleanliness how to wash themselves and make changes to improve their health through hygiene in their homes and families. In the area that Teen Ministry operates, girls are often abused and neglected. Teen Ministry shows them genuine love, often for the first time in their lives. Teen Ministry also educates the girls and provides them with medical and dental care.
The Sugandh Child Development Center, located in a slum of South Delhi, India, has been transforming the lives of working children for 22 years. Children ages 6–10 come to the center for four hours before going to work as trash collectors in the marketplace. Kids receive meals and are taught English, math, science, and social studies.
Sugandh offers savings and loan cooperative groups to women in the slums who do not have the documentation needed for a bank account or the cost of getting to a bank exceeds what they can save in a month. Money from savings and low-interest loans from the cooperative groups enable women to buy small plots of land in their villages, cover medical expenses, and fund their children’s education.
Sugandh operates community outreach programs to provide basic health care and awareness campaigns as well as empower vulnerable communities to participate in the process of improving their quality of life—from access to clean drinking water to electricity in homes. Additionally, adults can participate in a six-month sewing certificate program to help families develop skills to become self-sufficient.
SACDEM works with marginalized groups that have been rejected by society, including but not limited to prisoners, the mentally ill, people living in extreme poverty, and children born in prison. SACDEM develops prison Bible studies, offering counseling and help to inmates to make the depth of God’s forgiveness and grace understandable. SACDEM helps newly released prisoners reintegrate into society. In Argentina, children born to mothers in prison live with their mothers in the penitentiary system until they turn four. SACDEM takes care of these children of prisoners weekly, offering them a safe place to play and a break from the prison environment. After the child turns four and leaves prison, SACDEM continues to provide foster care for those who have no other relatives to care for them.
Jars of Oil Mission Africa (JOMA) ministers to elderly widows (affectionately referred to as grannies) who lost their children to AIDS and now take care of their grandchildren. With compassion, the ministry breaks through the shame and stigma associated with AIDS to meet physical and spiritual needs. JOMA feeds families by delivering food packages and helping “grannies” start gardens. The gardens provide a source of food, income, and dignity. Many of the grannies suffer from HIV or other illnesses so JOMA arranges medical treatment for them.