Hope Ministries was led to the area of Machilipatnam to distribute relief following the tsunami in December of 2004 and then to continue serving the community by opening a children’s home in July of 2005. The home was started with 35 children in a rented building that included a compound wall for security. The children are from the poorest of the poor families and considered lowest in the caste system. However, Hope Ministries is privileged to bring these children the message that they are precious to our Lord Jesus Christ.
Many of the children’s parents live in small tent-like huts made out of sticks and mud with palm fronds for a roof. They make their living by catching rats, snakes and small fish in the flooded waters by the rice fields. Most of them have never had enough to eat. We hope that the young people that have joined our children’s home may never need to struggle as their parents have done just to survive.
Machilipatnam is located in the Krishna district in the Indianstate of Andhra Pradesh where the Krisha river empties into the Bay of Bengal. The town’s economy is supported by a fishing industry, carpet-weaving and trade in rice, oilseeds and scientific instruments. Because of its proximity to the sea, Machilipatnam is vulnerable to cyclones, storm surges and tsunamis. A favorite sweet dish from the area is Bandar Laddu.