Delhi House - Ray Jourdan
What an awesome privilege it is to continue to partner with you in
reaching out to the lost and broken in the crazy city of Delhi, India! With a
population that swells to more than 20million people during the day, it is
not difficult to find people in need. The challenge is, and continues to be,
fighting the overwhelm of being faced with so much need with the
available resources in our care.
Back in 2015 during a team meeting in India I wrote down the following
words that would help shape our work moving forward and the tough
decisions we would have to make:
Community, Permanence, Proximity & Discipleship.
I don’t have the space to unpack that fully here, but suffice to say,
we have made significant progress to living this out, which is
exciting! We had been struggling with the work in Old Delhi on
several fronts that included the frequent change of the local
government nominated NGO and the transient nature of the
community living there. Building community with these
conditions has been very difficult. We kept getting moved
between the temporary government buildings each time a new
NGO was appointed (no permanence). Our team did not live close
to the community, so it was difficult for them to do life with the
community (no proximity). And, with the transient nature of the
community, we found it difficult to establish deep relationships
But we didn’t want to leave…. Then last year, with the ever
expansion of Delhi and the construction work that goes with it,
the area of Meena Bazaar became effected. We no longer had a
place to work. We were faced with tough decisions and leaned on
God, and as usual he was gracious enough to lead the way. We
rallied, began to dream, and painted the picture of what the
future would look like. We wanted a permanent place with
proximity to where we already had community and did life. We
wanted to be able to do life with the community daily. We wanted
to invest in lives, build deep relationship and be invited to
disciple…. And so, we have started the journey of building a
‘community hub’ in Narela, where Delhi House Society has been
working since 2000. The community hub will be:
- A place of blessing, taking in the poorest of the poor and caring
for them and loving them unconditionally - regardless of religion,
creed, caste or gender.
- A place that gives them access to the tools needed to live
restored and dignified lives.
- A place where people are strengthened and empowered, and
where broken lives and families are restored.
- A place that is known to stand against injustice and is a voice
for the voiceless.
A place for God’s ecclesia to gather and be the difference… to surprise the world! The community we have served over the years in Meena Bazaar are included in this next phase of the work as we
partner with them to relocate to where the new community hub will be built.
The vision remains strong as we start construction works on the new Delhi Learning Centre. We are still busy feeding kids, running our classes and nurturing the relationships. We are also busy praying and planning for the things ahead. It’s a big vision and we’re grateful for the partnership.
To view the plans for the Delhi Learning
Center, please click on the PDF link.
Keshav & Mohini
Keshav and Mohini lead the work of Delhi House Society. They were church planters over in Surinam before joining Delhi House. Both have Masters Degrees in Social Work. They have a strong calling to the work of Delhi House and are committed to the vision and mission. They started with Delhi House Society in 2010 when I was still based in India and I invested significant time with them in developing the leadership and the vision. Mohini is actively involved in ministering to the women and children.
Faniel & Neelam
Faniel has a strong pastoral calling. He is actively pastoring in his local church as well as pastoring the Sewa Ashram community. He has his Bachelor of Theology and Masters in Social Work. He married Neelam a couple of years ago and they have their first child. Faniel is pivotal in the ongoing pastoring of the community and developing the ‘community hub’.
New Learning Director
We are looking for an experienced ‘non-traditional’ educator to assist us in developing the learning program at the community hub. This person needs to be:
A strong believer
Someone who is not afraid to go against the tide and brave enough to pioneer new ways to use the education domain to create opportunities for discipleship.
Have a strong Kingdom mindset.
Experienced in building innovative learning programs.
Consistency - Community - Discipleship
The city of Narela is quickly growing to be another sub-city of Delhi. There has been significant development of the land around Sewa Ashram, with 100’s of apartments built. This is seeing a growing middle class move into the area. This creates great opportunity for Sewa Ashram as it is well positioned and recognised in the community with the work starting in 1997. Consistently serving the poor and the wider community of Narela over the years. The dream moving forward and the reason why we exist is to:
- Develop leadership that carries apostolic, prophetic, evangelistic, pastoral and teaching giftings to build, nurture and grow a healthy, thriving community, that experiences the fullness of God’s promises today in the city of Narela.
- A community that live lives of influence in the wider community and organically see God connect with people.
- To create a ‘community hub’ that creates opportunities for connection. Connection through:
Meeting Place – café & bakery
Source of blessing – providing support to families
- Training and equipping the team around the transformational learning model:
Revelation – light bulb moment
Believe – act on the revelation despite your current reality
Manifestation - truth catches reality
Transformation – no going back!
- Training and equipping the local team
- Conference: Youth - Power of the Journey
- Skills and vocational training
- Assist the local team with establishing cafe, bakery, and building works.