Sometime in 2002 the Jeevan Sahara Kendra began.
Was it when Dr. Stephen Alfred attended the "Prescription for Hope" conference in the US and came back convinced that something more should be done for people with HIV in the Mumbai area?
Was it when local churches and NGOs were called together to think and pray and see whether a new step could be taken?
Was it when the name "Jeevan Sahara Kendra" was coined by our friends Basil Desouza and Jairaj at Covenant Blessings Church?
Was it when Ashley and Robert - our first field staff started visiting homes under the guidance of Naomi Nathan in August 2002?
Was it when Sheba and I felt that she should use her clinical and community health skills to directly care for people with HIV - and so we as a family of 3 (with Enoch well on the way) moved to Thane in November 2002?
Was it our first church training that we started in the December 2002?
The fact is that sometime during this year of 2002 what is now the Jeevan Sahara Kendra family got under way. We started our baby steps of looking after people who had HIV in Thane. We began working with local churches to help them love people with AIDS. We began our own (often painful) process of growth and caring and living with our friends who have HIV.
Its been a journey and continues to be one!
Tonight we are expecting about 200 odd friends, partners, well-wishers, pray-ers - members of our extended JSK family to join us in celebrating Jeevan Sahara Kendra's 10th year of service.
For those of you who are not able to be with us 'in the flesh' - we want to say a heartfelt "THANK YOU!" for walking along with us on this journey!
Thus far has the Lord helped us - we know He is walking with us as we move into this 10th year - and beyond!