Tag Archives: The Shelter

School at the Shelter Prepares to Celebrate 100th Anniversary

Photo: Shelter Primary School girls

By Carl Stagner

In 2014, the Church of God was reintroduced to the Shelter at the Church of God Convention. That year, the ministry, which began housing unprotected orphan girls a hundred years earlier, held a grand celebration of God’s goodness and provision. At the same time, the Church of God rallied around the Shelter and Church of God Trafficklight in the preventative role it plays in the fight against trafficking. A few years have passed since the spotlight was shone brightly on this life-giving work in Cuttack, India, but now they’re gearing up for another celebration with similar significance. This November, the Shelter Primary School, on the same grounds as the Girls Shelter Home, will set aside three days of centennial ceremony and activity to commemorate its impact on the church and community. Continue reading

A Season of Change at the Shelter

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Photo: Clothes drying at the Shelter.

By Don and Caroline Armstrong

Every year, on September 1, the Shelter celebrates its anniversary. I was there this year for the celebration of 102 years of changing the lives of girls who need love, education, and a chance for a better future. It was a time to remember the past and the dream of Rev. A. D. Kahn and the work of Faith Stewart, who helped make that dream a reality. It was also a time of gratitude for the recent changes to the property and a time of looking ahead to being able to help even more girls. Continue reading

Movement-wide Generosity Brings More Help, More Hope to the Shelter

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By Carl Stagner

Thank you, Church of God. Your generous support of CHOG TraffickLight is not only rescuing women and children from the horrors of human trafficking, but is also preventing trafficking from happening in the first place. You’ve heard the stories of how the Shelter in Cuttack, India, has nurtured, protected, and discipled girls with otherwise uncertain futures. No one will ever know for sure where each girl would be today had they not found refuge and unconditional love at the Shelter, but one thing is certain: these girls did not end up as victims of human trafficking. Thanks to your support, the Shelter is now celebrating major improvements designed to enhance security, bless the girls with better living conditions and, as capacity increases, welcome more girls. Continue reading

The Shelter, Cuttack, India: See it for Yourself!

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By Carl Stagner

You’ve heard the stories. You’ve seen the pictures. Nothing can compare, however, to seeing it for yourself. The Shelter in Cuttack, India, has protected the lives of countless girls for more than a hundred years. Church of God Ministries is excited to make it possible for you to visit the Shelter this coming February for the experience of a lifetime. Project Link connects your passion, for ministry and missions, with vital mission projects of the Church of God. After a year of fighting against human trafficking, it’s time to see the faces of those we’re fighting for! Continue reading

Reflections on The Shelter’s 100th Anniversary

“The Shelter is a home for orphan girls and those in need, continuously operating in India for one hundred years,” Andrew Lyon explains. “At the centennial anniversary celebration on September 1, 2014, hundreds of women and their families streamed in to thank God for the way their lives have been changed.” In this video, missionaries Don and Caroline Armstrong share reflections of their experience while attending the celebration.

The Shelter Celebrates 100 Years of Ministry in India

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By Andrew Lyon

“People hated us because we were orphans. But now people see what we are capable of because of the Shelter. We are the proof of the potential of orphans.”

“Probably I would have continued in my old faith if I had not come to the Shelter.”

“I was here in the 1980s. I’m now living in Delhi as a teacher and am married with two children. The Shelter was instrumental in forming who I am.”

They don’t just disappear. Continue reading

Opportunity: Visit the Shelter, See God’s Fingerprints Everywhere

On the east coast of India is the city of Cuttack, where the Church of God established an orphanage for girls in 1914. The girls came from a variety of backgrounds. Many sources tell harrowing tales of girls being physically removed from Hindu temples, where their futures were very uncertain. Christians literally saved the girls’ lives and gave them a future. Continue reading