Lazarus is a transplant to Gudipadu himself having moved to the village one year ago to manage the local CCDC. He is from a nearby village having completed his studies as a pastor through India Christian Ministry's Covenant Churches program. Like many of the children in the village whose families are in a state of transition, Lazarus can understand the emotions behind feeling unrooted.
Despite this, Lazarus has not only raised his family to seamlessly assimilate into their new village, but he has also built Gudipadu's CCDC into a safe, welcoming place for the local children. Lazarus' core curricular ideal is that of the Fruit of the Spirit, and he makes sure to instill that teaching into the day-to-day CCDC ministry.
Just a few days ago, Lazarus celebrated Christmas with his wife, Shobha Rani, and his two sons, George and John Mark. And the village of Gudipadu celebrated alongside him as they gave thanks for all the things that have changed within the last year.
Because of you, this Christmas, CCDC has been able to give the greatest gift we could possibly give: a path out of poverty and into a brighter future. We are so grateful for you. Like the village of Gudipadu, we don't know how our lives will change throughout this next year. But we can be grateful for the way God works within that change, and we can thank you for supporting us through it.
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Happy New Year from CCDC!
CCDC U.S. Coordinator