Arun & Shobha Massey
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People thought Arun and Shobha Massey were crazy when they left their jobs, but the Lord had given them a mission.
They had been moved by a documentary on the plight of elderly devadasis. Shobha remembered seeing temple prostitutes come to her door begging for food when she was a child. The way the devadasis lived without hope for this life or the next affected her deeply.
As Arun and Shobha prayed over the situation, they saw a newspaper report about how the Indian government had failed in all its attempts to bring women out of the devadasi system. Where the government failed, Shobha knew God would succeed.
Confident God was calling them to do something, Arun and Shobha quit good jobs and started Caring Hands. They didn't have any financial support but they did have faith in God’s promises. The ministry grew and now cares for over 3,000 women and children.
In southern India, many poor people at the bottom of the Hindu religious caste system live in dread of a goddess called Yellamma. One of the ways they try to appease her is to dedicate their daughters to her service as temple prostitutes — devadasis.
A girl, usually about 13 or 14 years old, is brought to the temple and ceremonially married to the goddess's idol. Forbidden to marry anyone else, she is now a devadasi. A wealthy man can pay extra for the right to deflower her, and afterward she becomes public property, duty-bound to satisfy the lust of any man who pays. With no social security system, she will likely dedicate any children she has into temple prostitution to support her in her old age, creating a cycle that can last for generations.
• Pray that God will continue to proctect and bless their ministry.
In 1997, Arun and Shobha founded their children's home for the daughters of devadasis. These girls would have no dignity in their own communities and would not likely be educated, joining their mothers in prostitution. At the children’s home, the girls receive food, clothing, medical care, education and a loving environment where they rediscover their dignity. And they make sure every girl knows that Jesus loves her and wants to give her hope and a future.
The children's home boasts a 100 percent success rate. Out of all the girls who have come to the home, not one has gone into prostitution. In fact, some of our girls have already graduated from the children’s home, gone to college and gotten jobs they use to support their mothers.
Many temple prostitutes and their children suffer from HIV/AIDS. Caring Hands offer counseling and provide food rations to sustain their families on the condition that the women stop engaging in prostitution in order to stop the spread of HIV.
Many of the women decide to place their faith in Jesus and begin new lives in Him after they experience our staff praying with them, counseling them and showing the love of Christ.
Arun and Shobha recently started a boys' home to help the temple prostitutes' sons. They are now going to school and much improvement is seen in them. With the love of a home and the hope of Jesus Christ, they are completely different children.
For more information about their ministry, check out their website and watch their 3-minute video.