Medical Ambassadors International (MAI) has been involved in CHE (Community Health Evangelism/Education (known as CDE-Community Development Education, in some countries) and development work with childcare and educational programs in this region of South Asia since 1988.
In 2003, one of our CHE facilitators introduced Neetu (who has special needs) to be involved with the program. Since she was disabled, her family was not very supportive, so the CHE facilitator made alternative arrangements for her to stay close to a Christian school where she completed her primary education. Neetu started tailoring (sewing) classes for the community girls and ladies whom she used to visit on her tricycle. She also began a literacy program with the help of another woman in the slums of her area. She connected to Jitendra through a miss dial and gradually they started a relationship. Jitendra did not know Christ at first but came to a saving faith through Neetu’s testimony.
In 2008, Neetu and Jitendra were married. Jitendra works as a CDE Facilitator. Both have a heart for the people, especially the disabled, as they have been through many of the same challenges. Mrs. Neetu read the story of Pandita Rama Bai and was inspired by her life. Neetu wanted to become an influencer just like Pandita. So, with a burden for those with disabilities, both husband and wife took the initiative and began to survey different communities to help people with special needs.
In 2013, they surveyed 16 villages altogether and found 61 different categories of people with disabilities, and because of their involvement and great initiative the Disability Project was started in the area. Although Neetu has faced great challenges while working among the disabled, she has influenced so many lives through her perseverance and personal testimony. Neetu’s sister has come to faith in Christ through Neetu’s testimony as well as other family members. May the Lord strengthen our hands and keep us on our knees to faithfully serve Him.
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Over 1 billion people have some form of disability and over 80% of people affected by disabilities live in developing countries. This combination means they are very unlikely to receive proper healthcare, education, or employment. MAI is using Community Health Evangelism/Education to serve disabled people by combining evangelism with crucial health education and life skills. Your support is needed and greatly appreciated.