Through the van window I see a crowd gathering
as we arrive at Tirukkoyilur in southern India. Children run to welcome
us as we enter the gates of Siloam, a boarding home for more than 500
girls. We are met with shy smiles, floral necklaces and joyful songs.
On this day in 2004, Gordon Olson, president of Lutheran Partners in Global Ministry (www.lutheranpartners.org), an independent Lutheran ministry, and member of Bethlehem Lutheran, both Minneapolis, has brought a youth group from Olivet Lutheran, Fargo, N.D. They’re here to see some of the programs their church helped support through this mission advocacy organization.
Siloam is part of the ministry of The Arcot Lutheran Church, a Lutheran World Federation member based in Tamilnadu, India. It offers children food, health care and access to quality education.
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