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Here's to the Moms! 

Just like in U.S., Mother's Day in India is a special occasion to honor the motherly figures in a person's life. Our CCDC children come from a variety of different backgrounds, but many of them have strong mothers who will stop at nothing to do what is best for their families. 

One such mother is Govindamma from Alagayapalem, a small village outside of Ongole. 

Govindamma has three children with her husband, Ramesh. Though they are strong Christians now, it was not always that way. In fact, like many others in India, Govindamma and Ramesh were staunch believers of the Hindu faith. But that changed when her oldest son, Venkateswarlu, accidentally came into contact with a high-voltage wire, suffering a brutal electric shock that left him sick and injured. The emergency care doctors told her that her son would be permanently disfigured, and would likely suffer under his disability for the rest of his life. 

But Govindamma refused to give up. She sought the care of doctors and Hindu spiritual leaders, to pray for healing. Yet she found no hope in them. Still, she prayed, and put all of their funds towards doctors visits and specialists -- but eventually, Venkateswarlu lost his arm due to severe burns. Govindamma was devastated. 

However, after one of these fruitless appointments, she met Father Ramesh, a local CCDC and church leader in Alagayapalem. Father Ramesh shared the grace of God with Govindamma, and their whole family accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior. Her three children were promptly enrolled in CCDC, and before her very eyes, the hope she had prayed for was coming into being. Father Ramesh himself became a mentor to Venkateswarlu, and when he graduated from CCDC, he was accepted into a campus of the Indian Institute of Technology. Govindamma says to this day, they are still shocked to see how quickly their lives have changed. 

Now, Govindamma's middle child, Shalem, attends the local CCDC. Though her oldest son has moved away to college, like all moms, she still worries after him. But her needs are being cared for, and her children are being educated -- all because of her unyielding devotion to her family. 

Govindamma will never have to see her son live the life of a disabled man in rural India -- depressed, unable to provide for his family, and impoverished. She will never have to worry about her children being at risk of trafficking. Instead, she is able to, like many other women around the world, watch her children grow into happy adults with bright futures. Thanks to CCDC and our generous sponsors, Govindamma's children can live a life of security. 

And if that isn't the greatest Mother's Day gift -- one from God Himself -- we don't know what is. 
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