Nestled at the foot of the Himalayas between Nepal, China, Bhutan, and Bangladesh is a remote area called North Bengal. The British in colonial India fled the heat of the south for cool summer retreats called 'hill stations' that dot this area. Compassion Way helps support churches and humanitarian projects in this region, primarily among the dozens of tea estates in the region.
A primary focus of the ministry of Covenant Family Church in East India is to provide poor and marginalized peoples with the hope of the gospel. Laborers in the Tea Gardens are among the poorest, picking tea leaves for about $1 per day. They typically live in tiny huts crowded into makeshift villages on estate-owned land. The occasional outbreaks of typhus and other diseases spread like wildfire through the close quarters of these communities. Many of these churches are started when one or two disciples visit tea estates and begin praying for the sick and the poor. Invariably, signs and wonders follow and many receive healing. Church plantings in these Tea Garden villages bring not only the hope of eternal life but real and tangible aid through projects to provide clean water, medical assistance, education, and training programs ranging from food safety & hygiene to vocational training. The ministry in East India is bringing kingdom culture to this remote corner of India. 2016 has seen two new churches planted in this region.