November 2018 – Mission of the Month

Bethania Kids is a Christian ministry helping the neediest children and families in India. It was founded in 1987 by Lutheran missionaries who were teaching in southern India. These teachers saw a great need in the deprived and destitute villages surrounding Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, where they taught. Lutheran churches in the U.S. provided funds to build the first home, an orphanage serving 12 children.

Today, Bethania Kids has grown to serve over 1,000 children through 4 residence homes, 9 Care Centers (with before and after school programs as well as day care), 2 rehabilitation centers for differently-abled children, and 5 Women’s Empowerment Centers, helping mothers of impoverished children learn marketable skills. The children are assured safety, nutrition, clean water, education, and Christian discipleship and most importantly the knowledge that they are loved. These children thrive and grow to lead productive lives as adults. Many of these former “Bethania Kids” contribute to the programs with money or time, returning to help at the homes and care centers. At least one former Bethania Kid is a full-time employee.

The vision of Bethania Kids is to nurture and equip the children of India to change their world through Jesus’ love.

There are many exciting things happening at Bethania Kids. To learn more, visit the website at and/or the Facebook Page, Bethania Kids Foundation.


Angel Home Boys – Rajahmundry


Grace Home for Girls – Nagercoil


Shalom Home for Girls – Kodaikanai


Joshua Care Center