Many of South Asia’s mentally ill people are left unsupported on the streets. They are often regarded as demon-possessed and are highly rejected by society. Mercy Homes began when one of Empart’s field workers felt a calling to reach this marginalised group. He and his wife began caring for them and setting them on a path towards restoration. The first ever Mercy Home was established in his home.
Over the years, this initiative has grown and is having an incredible impact on individuals, their families and surrounding communities. Many guests have made tremendous progress and some have even been healed, set free and released as workers themselves.
More and more widows in Asia are seeing themselves abandoned by families who either cannot, or don’t want to care for them. As the economy grows, lifestyles change and traditional family structures are weakened. As a result, and with no public assistance available to support them, a growing number of widows are left abandoned and homeless. Widow’s Homes are more than a pioneering project. It’s a way of caring for these people, giving them back their dignity and sharing the love of God with them in the last days of their lives.
In remote villages, the plight of widows can be very difficult. In a patriarchal society where re-marriage is frowned upon, widows are often left without any means of support. Hunger drives them to beg and they often become victims of horrific abuse, made even more difficult when there are young children involved. Looking forward, our plan is to place Widow’s Homes alongside our Children’s Homes where each can play a positive role in the others’ lives.
In areas of great need, Empart provides medical care as well as education in hygiene and health issues. This helps to improve living conditions within those villages. Through our established communities, Empart offers World Health Organisation approved programs which are aimed primarily at women and children. Occasionally, workers employ local doctors for a day as well, so that people from remote communities can receive appropriate medical treatment.
Young Volunteers Service
Raising the youth
Young people in Asia represent a large proportion of the population and are an amazing resource that is often overlooked and under-utilised. Despite the fact that many of these youth lack education, resources and job skills, there is still a valuable and significant role they can play in community development. Through the Young Volunteers’ Service project, Empart wants to see these young people empowered to make a difference. Volunteering is a rewarding experience for both the young people involved and society as a whole. Empart desires to see these young people filled with the passion and life of Jesus, ready to engage effectively and positively for their country.
To live and help live
With the motto ‘to live and help live’, young believers are encouraged to help people in need and to participate in the development of their communities. They are taught the social values of the gospel and the principles of volunteerism. Armed with a developing social conscience and genuine compassion for their neighbours, services offered by volunteers can include cleaning public places, caring for the environment, literacy programs, medical care and many more.