Concerned for the many poor children in their home city of Tenkasi, India, who were not being educated, our friends Swarna and Thirumalai began St. John’s Christian School in 1996. Their goal was to bring the message of love, hope, and salvation in Jesus Christ to poor Hindu and Muslim children and through them to their families.
Amy and Tim Hedden, graduates of Bethany, moved to Kunming, China, with their six children in 2008 to serve China’s orphan population. Although it’s difficult to determine just how many orphans are in China, the reality is that there are thousands of children housed in state run orphanages all over the country.
Confronted by the desperate condition of children and their families in rural areas around the Brazilian city of Camaqua, Marco and Claudia van de Merwe, who have worked with both WEC and Bethany, were compelled to do something. At the time they were looking for a place to begin the ministry, the Bethany property became available, and Fazenda Emanuel (Emmanuel Farm) was born.