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One Slum

One Slum

South Asia

Bring hope to slum dwellers living in great poverty. Come and serve ‘the least of these’ in His name.

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Project Details

  • Project Description:

    Work in the slum. Help local believers meet people’s basic needs. This city of 22 million needs thousands of healthy house churches to reach all of those who have never heard about Christ. You can be part of the ministry through sharing the gospel and making disciples who make disciples - and planting churches. You will partner with local churches to help meet people’s physical needs and provide an incarnate example of the love of Christ.

    The One Slum project currently has 2 sites. One area is in a slum just outside the city. It’s an extremely poor area with a history of hostility toward Believers. Local partners have started a pre-school and activity center for women. There is much prostitution in the area since most women’s husbands do not work, and the ladies don’t know any other way to get money to feed their families. The project includes child care and tailoring classes and an occasional ‘beauty professional’ course for any women who want to learn. The goal is to teach women a useful skill, providing an alternate means for making money, while at the same time pouring the love of Christ into them through manifesting His love, and speaking His Gospel to them. This is completely in darkness, and now God has sent His light, His people, to illuminate it.

    Site 2 is in an area where there are many children who play in the road all day long. Road traffic, gangs and sexual preditors make this area unsafe for children. Local partners provide an activity center where children can feel safe and secure. The kids come to hear Bible stories, and play in safety. The hope is that as the ministry gains trust in the community, the Lord will provide more direction about what the next step should be for helping the kids. This is another community that has been hostile toward the Gospel, but the Lord is using His people to build His Kingdom through bringing light to the dark.

  • Cultural Information:

    You will experience the gracious hospitality in this urban center. Relationship is primary and respect is shown to older people.

    80% of the city is Hindu with a considerable Muslim population. Hindu temples and idols dot the city. Animals are considered holy, and though the caste system is outlawed it is still practiced. Many marriages are still arranged and people work within their own caste.

    When they choose to follow Christ, local believers may face family pressure, social challenges, job loss or physical harm. New believers may fear to share their faith with family and community because of persecution.

  • Geographic Information:

    More than half of this city's population lives in slums or on the streets. People who live in the slums are from many backgrounds. They have migrated to the city from all over in search of work. Some settled in slums and never left, even though they became successful in business. Others live on the streets literally sleeping with their families on the medians and along the pavement at night as traffic weaves around them. Many have lost their families. Everyone is working or looking for work, whether it be legitimate work or prostitution, gambling, mafia or political involvement, or begging on the streets. More than eight languages are spoken in the city.


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Upcoming Mission Trips

Dates Volunteers Cost
07/03/2017 - 06/22/2018 4 students needed $5950 - total cost

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I want to help slum dwellers NOW!

  • $38 per mo.       -- milk for 25 kids
  • $155 per mo.     -- lunch for 25 kids
  • $31 per mo.       – snack - 50 kids Sunday Bible classes
  • $23 per mo.       – materials for Sunday Bible class for kids
  • $77 per mo.       – salary for cook to make food for the kids
  • $62 per mo.       – salary for one instructor for the kids
  • $40 per mo.       - medical care for the poo
  • $187 per mo      – day care center rent - caring for kids while moms work


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Mail to:

OneLife – IMB

PO Box 6767

Richmond, VA 23230


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  • Pray that the local churches will take up the work in their area of helping the people in the slum both physically, and by preaching the Gospel to them in love. 
  • Pray that children in this slum will have physical, emotional, and spiritual protection from evil in their lives which comes in the forms of poverty, abuse, and neglect. 
  • Pray that the existing outreach groups meeting in homes will grow from Bible study and prayer gatherings to produce the fruit of a healthy church that then goes out to make disciples in it’s members’ community. 
  • Pray that national believers will sense the urgency of the need for spiritual transformation in this slum, and would follow Jesus in seeking to serve the people the rest of the world sees as ‘the least of these.’ 

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