Surrounded by changing Hindu priests, total Kamlesh, Ranu & Kushisqualor and absolute poverty, the countless young village children of north-central India desperately needed help, the kind of help that only Christ could give. Enter Kamlesh and Ranu, our ministry partners in India. This husband and wife team had a vision to bring the Light of the World to the children of the Cobra People who live in 70 villages surrounding one of the holiest cities in India.
Ranu began conducting Bible classes when she was only nine years old. She has always had a burden for children and she is a gifted teacher. Kamlesh was one of the Hindu youngsters who attended one of Ranu’s Bible studies. Ranu ran a tight ship and wasn’t going to let Kamlesh return to the study until he had memorized John 3:16 — the rest is history — Kamlesh memorized the verse and became one of many children that Ranu brought to the Lord.
Kamlesh and Ranu are among the most fortunate in India — they both were able to attend University. Kamlesh holds a master’s degree in sociology and Ranu a doctorate in sociology. Ranu has returned to school this past year and is pursuing a bachelors degree in education to complement her God-given gift of teaching. She will complete her studies in May of 2008.
Kamlesh and Ranu were married and have a daughter Kushy. God has granted them the desires of their hearts through opening doors for two schools in their area. The first is Jagot-Jyoti meaning “Light of the World”, and the second, which opened in 2007, is Jeevan-Jyoti English medium school meaning “Light of Life”. Through these schools they are meeting the bodily needs of this low caste group of children by supplying them with a snack each day and a set of clothes. The school feeds them spiritually through their classes which are all Christ-centered.
In addition to operating the two schools with a small staff, this couple also shares the Gospel in remote areas twice a month and they have planted some small churches and their disciples are teaching others about the Good News. Truly there is light in this dark land!