There are millions of street children in South Asia, each with a tragic story. They are abandoned, malnourished, and uneducated, sleeping in cardboard boxes or on the ground. At night, they rummage through garbage, trying to find enough food just to survive.
In 1997, Reverend Dr. Peter and Esther Pereira established Hope for Today (HFT) in South Asia. After witnessing the plight of the street children, Peter and Esther felt God call them to trust Him and care for these children. The first Alpha residential home was birthed in a thatched hut. Two years later, 63 children were calling Esther “mom”.
Today Hope for Today serves children hundreds of children in South Asia through our residential Alpha Homes and through our Educational Centers (Tuition Centers) serving children who live with their family but cannot afford basic care and education, and support for graduates of our K-12 programs pursuing degrees and career training.
Our mission is to show our children Christ’s love, provide a loving home, a quality education and to offer the opportunity to become contributing citizens of the world and faithful witnesses for Christ.
Child Sponsorship provides these children with food, clothes and education. You can change the trajectory of a child’s life through sponsorship.
Hope for Today shares the love of Jesus Christ in South Asia through Compassion Ministries, Church Planting and Leadership Training.
Caring for and Meeting the Needs of the Least
Through our compassion ministries, men, women, and children improve their circumstances and see life beyond the struggle to survive. They discover that their lives have great value as they receive practical care as they hear about the love of Jesus.
Our compassion ministries are calibrated to reach those most vulnerable, marginalized and facing extreme challenges.
We have residential Alpha Homes providing food, shelter, clothing and education and a loving, stable, Christ-centered home for those children without. Our Education Centers support basic needs care and education for children in families who cannot afford it. In 2017:
- Alpha residential homes cared for and housed 31 children
- Supported college attendance for 14 young adults
- Educational centers educated and discipled 344 children
- Alpha Vocational Training Centers (AVTC) trained over 2,500 women, to-date
AVTCs provide 9 month programs that teach women of all faiths and socioeconomic backgrounds sewing skills to start their own small businesses.
- Ran week-long Vacation Bible School (VBS) programs for over 16,000 children
Kids hear about Jesus, are fed meals, experience the love of Christ in a nurturing environment and the local church is trained and empowered to minister to their local community.
- Distributed Soya Milk to 830 children daily
Thousands of children are homeless, living in the slums without food security. Soya milk provides key nutrition for these malnourished children.
- Distributed blankets to 700 at risk families
Hundreds of homeless die each year from exposure. Our “wrapped in love” blanket ministry provides at-risk individuals with a bible and a blanket.
- Provided a weekly worship service and meal to 100 Ragpickers
Ragpickers are members of the lowest caste. For over 17 years we have brought hope and spoken value to these people over a weekly meal and worship service.
- Medical camps served 500 people
Our medical camps provide critical care to marginalized, impoverished and rural communities who would otherwise go-without.
Building Leaders to Form Christ Centered House Churches
There are 7,085 unreached people groups in the world. 3,405 of them are in South Asia.
Our Church Planting Discipleship Movement (CPDM) prepares Christians of South Asia with a curriculum of core biblical truths to be faithful witnesses of Jesus and form Christ-centered house churches. By equipping indigenous Christian leaders, the gospel is being shared in the known language, culture and terrain of unreached people groups including some from the most persecuted areas of South Asia.
Church planters attend CPDM courses for two years, completing eight modules of intensive teaching in four areas: Spiritual Growth, Basic Bible Survey, Leadership, and Evangelism.
Since CPDM began in 2013 over 6,020 churches have been planted and 25,076 new believers.
Equipping Leaders to Accelerate the Spread of the Gospel
The International Leadership Institute (ILI) is a global movement of men and women who are passionate to change history by training and mobilizing leaders of leaders to reach people with the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Each year, more than 600 leadership conferences equip men and women around the world with the Eight Core Values of the most effective Christian leaders who are fulfilling the Great Commission to “go and make disciples of all nations.” Leaders discover their personal vision, how to pursue God’s calling on their lives, and how to maximize their impact in their families, marketplace, and ministry.
At Hope for Today, in partnership with ILI, we have trained over 40,000 leaders across South Asia – from urban city centers to tribal villages.
In 2017 we conducted 133 regional and national conferences, training 6,106 leaders.