And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ (Matthew 25:40)
The story of Bright Hope English School began when a Bhutanese refugee without a country answered the call of God to serve the least of the least. She was drawn to the tribal and minority people of northern India, between Nepal and Bhutan. Most of them, from the lowest castes and from among the outcastes, are tea garden workers or day laborers. Educational opportunities for young girls from these families are very limited.
Starting with just a few girls and a small piece of barren property, Premila dedicated herself to building a school. As of the end of last year, 49 girls were going to the school. All of them came from Hindu families and all of them are now following Christ. Many of their families have come to Jesus as well. Where there was nothing only a few years ago, there is now an outpost of the Kingdom.
Grant and I were able to spend quite a bit of time with Ruben, Ephy, Jonathan and the girls. They are doing very well. They were just visited by Melinda and Amy, who brought energy, training and the hope of a new and better curriculum. The joy of the place is a testimony to the transformation that has taken place.
Life is good at Bright Hope. A safe home, clean water, a large dormitory, a parapet and roof over the upper floor, better school
facilities, happy girls (and now even more of them – 23)… the changes to the Bright Hope English School in the past two years are a testimony of God’s goodness to those who would walk faithfully where He calls. And as has already happened, we anticipate that 23 more families will be ushered into the Kingdom.