In His Image 2017-11-10T08:12:59+00:00

IN HIS IMAGE

“70-100 million people have disabilities in India”
– Hindustan Times

In India the belief is strong that disabled children are worthless, a curse, bad karma. That belief leads to neglect and to lack of services or opportunities.

In 2007, In His Image opened with a calling to transform India with the truth that the differently-abled are created in the image of God and are precious in His sight.

In His Image is one of the few centers in India for children with autism. They serve 30 to 40 students with all the services that they need under one roof, regardless of the family’s financial situation.

SERVICES

We provide all the services necessary for special-needs students, from age 4 to young adult, to reach their full potential.

ADDITIONAL INITIATIVES

ADVOCACY

We seek to change attitudes toward differently-abled people, helping others to see their potential and value. We lead workshops for schools, companies, and special-needs centers. The Church also has the mandate to love and serve the most vulnerable. There has been an increased receptivity in churches to embrace this message regarding special-needs children. We help to train churches on how to show love and care for them and their families.

COLLABORATION

We recently began a collaboration with World Vision India (WVI) to provide ongoing training, curriculum and support to WVI’s programs reaching children with disabilities. Trainers from In His Image are working with WVI staff in multiple cities, bringing core principles and best practices. We are also partnering with Engage Disability and a grassroots organization in Calcutta.

Advocacy
ADVOCACY

We seek to change attitudes toward differently-abled people, helping others to see their potential and value. We lead workshops for schools, companies, and special-needs centers. The Church also has the mandate to love and serve the most vulnerable. There has been an increased receptivity in churches to embrace this message regarding special-needs children. We help to train churches on how to show love and care for them and their families.

Collaboration
COLLABORATION

We recently began a collaboration with World Vision India (WVI) to provide ongoing training, curriculum and support to WVI’s programs reaching children with disabilities. Trainers from In His Image are working with WVI staff in multiple cities, bringing core principles and best practices. We are also partnering with Engage Disability and a grassroots organization in Calcutta.

Founder’s Story

In 2004, a Christian mother in India received the news that her son had autism. She was told, “Nothing can be done. Let him live out his karma.”

In India, the belief is strong that disabled children are worthless, a curse, bad karma. That belief leads to neglect and to lack of services or opportunities. But this mother knew the truth: that her son is made in the image of God, that his life has purpose and potential. So she began looking for services to help her son. Instead, she found other desperate parents who had no place to turn. At that point she felt called to show people that the children her society was discarding are only differently-abled, and that they are a blessing.

God led this mother to open a center for children with autism. Her hope was to be a model to others—a light house. Today, In His Image Center serves 30 to 40 students who, as the founder dreamed, are “able to get all the services that they need under one roof, regardless of the family’s financial situation.” Furthermore, God has opened doors for her to teach the truth-based philosophy and best-practices of In His Image to more than 600 mainstream school teachers and staff of several organizations. The school has been a model for two other new centers and their curriculum.

Today, the calling remains as clear as ever—to transform India with the truth that the differently-abled are created in the image of God and are precious in His sight.

PLEASE PRAY

  • Pray for the new teachers and staff the center will be hiring in the coming months. Pray for discernment in the hiring process and for the right person to fill each position.

  • Pray for the staff to be faithful in all that they do, and that others would see it and give glory to God.

  • Pray for the upcoming Christmas program and the opportunity to share openly about Jesus. Pray for the students and their families to open their hearts to Jesus.

  • Pray for the training programs that In His Image conducts with other organizations. Pray that they would make a difference in the field of disability so that all differently-abled children would be seen as having purpose and potential.

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STORIES AND UPDATES

Below are two recent articles related to the In His Image Program. You can read more related stories and updates on our blog.

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