“God gives power to the weary. … Even young people will be faint and grow weary … But those who wait for Yahweh shall renew their strength. They shall go up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not grow weary; they shall walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:28–31 LEB, adapted).
Bihar, India is one of the most impoverished regions of the world. Using the multi-dimensional poverty line—which measures health, education, and living standards—72.3 million people in Bihar fall below it.
In Bihar, hope is often hard to come by, because employment opportunities, clean drinking water, medical care, and churches are hard to find. Jesus’ Economy is partnering with Transformation India Movement to renew hope, hearts, and homes in Bihar. We believe a holistic approach—combined with the prayer and financial support of you, our partners—will better the lives of many in a sustainable way.
There are still millions of unreached people in Bihar, India. Healthy churches alleviate corruption by providing ethical guidance and support to communities. As a result, job creation efforts are more stable. Jesus’ Economy is funding 18 indigenous church planters. Each church planter will reach five to seven villages, and 150 people per month on average.
A woman empowered through business can lift her entire family out of poverty and create jobs for others. Many of the women in Bihar, India have not been taught marketable skills. Transformation India Movement, Jesus’ Economy’s partner, is doing something about this. They have been helping women to become self-sufficient through Bridge of Hope Tailoring Centers for over five years. Jesus’ Economy is expanding this program for 40 graduates, teaching them to develop products for a U.S. market and providing business training for the success of their own local businesses. Jesus’ Economy is also making microloans available to the women who desire to expand their businesses quickly with new supplies and equipment. At the end of the loan period, we will buy some of the products the women will create for resell on our fair trade store—providing an immediate source of income from the U.S. market.
A bore well has the capacity to provide 2,000 people with clean water who would not have access otherwise. It also prevents water-borne illnesses—the deep aquifer provides clean water. Jesus’ Economy will fund one water well per area the church planters are reaching, totaling 18 wells. Water-borne illnesses are a leading cause of death in Bihar, India. You can do something about it.
People living in impoverished communities in Bihar have a very difficult time affording healthcare. Jesus’ Economy will establish a medical clinic by funding the necessary additions—like air conditioning and furnishings—for a room in the Transformation India Movement Center, a building owned by Jesus' Economy's partner Transformation India Movement.
Jesus’ Economy will also be funding pharmaceuticals and medical supplies. In addition, for two years, Jesus’ Economy will fund a doctor to work at the clinic and visit villages. The doctor will see and treat patients, as well as offer health-training seminars, in an effort to move towards preventative medicine. You can help us make this happen.
Jesus’ Economy designed this project with people in Bihar and it will be executed by them. Together—with you—we can renew Bihar. We need to raise $345,000. At approximately 117,520 people will be impacted by this project—that’s $2.94 per person. How many lives can you afford to change?