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  The First Orphans
   
 
In (month) 1995 John Arul, pastor of  New Hope Power Assemblies of God church and founder of Love and Care 333 India Children’s Homes, was preaching in a village outside his home town of  Madurai,  South India. He passed by an old beggar sitting under a tree with two small girls of about 1 and 3 years. He gave the old man enough money for food for several days and continued on his way. He had not gone far when the Holy Spirit told him to go back.
 
       
     
 
He then discovered that the two small girls were the old man’s grandchildren and not only had their parents died, but also the old man’s wife. Only at this stage did the pastor realize that this man could only walk on his hands and knees. He told the pastor that he wasn’t able to care for his grandchildren. Pastor John Arul offered to take them and find them a home. He took them back to his own home where he and his wife lived in a 2 bedroom house with their 5 children.  Word got about that Pastor Arul would take in homeless children and soon there were 13 visitors. At this stage his gracious wife said ‘enough’ and the first home was set up.
 
     
  Love and Care Children’s Homes now accommodate nearly 1000 children in several homes.  
     
  The first orphans are Nirmala and Chitra, now teenagers, shown here growing up at the main home.