While Jacob Beera was at a conference in Cleveland, Ohio, he met a young pastor with a heart for the people of India. Within a few months, New Testament Children's Home was established in 1987 in a city called Kazipet in a rented building. Later, the location was changed to a tribal village called Gopavaram. A permanent building was built to house the children and meet their needs. Approximately 60 children are presently living in this home. Many of the children that grew up in this home have already accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
The people in the jungle village or Gopavaram are very poor and primitive. They live in small thatched-roof huts with mud floors and a few clay pots for cooking. They are animists and very religious. Some still practice human sacrifices. They live off of the jungle by collecting fruits and nuts. Some cut firewood and carry it on their heads to the nearby towns to sell. They use bows and arrows made out of bamboo to hunt game. Most of the villagers have probably never heard the name of Jesus Christ.
In order to reach these people with the Gospel, we have sent evangelists to work among them and things have begun to change. The ministry has established two new churches with new villagers that have converted to Christianity.