Bethel House India
Bethel House India was a project started in 2008 to address the needs of destitute pregnant women in India and their unborn children. It also seeks to prevent female infanticide. At that time there was very little being done about the killing of baby girls in and out of the womb.
According to the latest Indian census (2011), there were four million recorded abortions that year, probably far less than actual.
Doug Roth and his wife Anna, and three children, ages 12, 17 and 18, lived in India 2007-2009 seeking to address these needs. Four of them went back in 2011 for 6 months to learn what God would have them do. Only then did they discover another work that was labouring in the same area of need.
Since then, Doug has returned annually to oversee the work.
Bethel House India supports very needy children who live in a loving foster home in South India.
In 2014 we took another step to address these crying needs. A social worker was hired to be our project manager. She lives and works in Tamil Nadu, South India, presenting the message of the sanctity of life, foetal development, abortion procedures with the side effects, and forgiveness and healing. She has spoken to thousands of people – 100-Days workers (poorly paid manual labourers who work for a period of 100 days before getting paid), students, pastors, nursing students and gypsies – with this message. Many women have chosen life over abortion as a result.
In 2015 Doug contacted many others in India, those who had a similar desire to affirm life, inviting them to a “Gathering” of people affirming life. This was held in Delhi and was attended by seventeen people in all, a far cry from just two in 2008. Very encouraging.
Since then Doug has hired a Regional Director with the goal of expanding the work throughout India and establishing an Indian work team and support base.
Strategic doors are opening to expand the work with Resource Centres throughout India.
In 2018, we are seeking to add two additional staff. We would like to multiply the number of Awareness Seminars to 180 and add four professional conferences.
It is also our aim in 2018 to reach and support 15 additional women experiencing unplanned pregnancies.
We would like to provide a manual and training for staff for new Resource Centres.
In order to strengthen the financial base of the work, we have a two-pronged goal. In India, the Regional Director would seek to inspire various groups with the tremendous need and opportunity to invest in such centres.
He would also like to come to Canada in 2018 to present the project and stir donors with the opportunities.
In addition, we would like to have a videographer collect the stories and testimonies of Indian women who have been assisted.
Our 2018 budget is $70,000.00. This includes the project work in India and the Canadian expenses related to fund-raising here and sending the lead member and his wife to visit the field annually to encourage, strengthen, expand, and establish the work.