In October of 1998, a young, single professional from South India, attended a national missions conference. It was through this event that Abraham responded to a call to carry the Gospel into four northern states of India, areas largely unreached by the church. Leaving a secure career, Abraham founded the Nava Kanthi (“new light”) Society, a ministry seeking to bring acts of mercy to a people deeply in need of help, and New Life and Light Mission, a ministry of proclamation.
In early 2001, Vince and Beth Pomeroy visited India as a short term mission trip. After meeting Abraham, they were greatly encouraged by Abraham’s desire to serve the church and the ways in which the Holy Spirit had gifted him for this calling. One of our deacons, Bill Weiss, heard about Vince and Beth’s relationship with Abraham and hoped for ways in which Faith could participate in gospel-work in India. This is how Faith Presbyterian was introduced to the Nava Kanthi Society and New Light and Life Mission. Many at Faith are currently helping to support children in India being served by Nava Kanthi, and Faith has also helped to get resources in the hands of students at the Bible College.
Nava Kanthi is now a body that provides several ministries of mercy. Roshini Children’s Homes operates four homes in two states. While 25% of India’s population is outside of the school system, these homes are able to take in profoundly needy children, providing healthy living, skills instruction, and value training. Currently there are 57 students in four homes, supported by sponsors. In addition to the Roshini Children’s Homes, Nava Kanthi helps operate two schools in the Bihar state, parts of the country where there would be no schools at all otherwise.
Navi Kanthi also provides skills training to help stem the tide of poverty. Currently, Nava Kanthi operates six Sewing Centers (serving 150 trainees), a Typing Center that can instruct 20 trainees at a time, and a Computer Center that can train 30 trainees at a time. In parts of India where the fight against poverty is an everyday struggle, these skills will help trainees be better able to provide for their families.
In addition to Nava Kanthi, Abraham also ministers through the New Life & Light Mission (named for John 1.4), which hosts three Bible schools and regional training opportunities for pastors, church planters, and evangelists. These schools have invited six visiting faculty for instruction, and their students have gone on to impact some 60 churches.
If you would like to sponsor a child, or learn more about Nava Kanthi or New Life and Light Mission, contact Vince and Beth at newlife_lightmission (at) yahoo.com.