Moravian Mission School (MMS) is located in Ladakh. Leh is in the Ladakh region, a very remote part of India, high in the Himalayan Mountains. Lakdakh is situated in the northern most point of India and is part of Jammu and Kashmir State. The region is bordered by China in the east and Pakistan in the North and Northwest. It is the most remote region in the country where access during the year is closed for 6-7 months.
Moravian Mission School, recognizing the needs of the children for a good education, takes into their school the most needy children from the most remote villages of Ladakh. These underfed and deprived children are admitted on a priority basis with many of them being granted full or substantial merit scholarships. The villages from where these students come are 30 to 150 miles away. Most of the children come from an agricultural background, which does not provide much; the families barely survive. In most cases, the children, some as young as 10, rent a room in the outskirts of Leh town, where they travel daily to school all by themselves. Besides this, they do allthe household work – fetching water in cans from a public tap,cooking, and washing – and then taking time out to study. In winter, this hardship increases tenfold with extra arrangements made for keeping the room warm for 5 months (December – April). These kids lead a tough life but to them it’s worth it. Their desire for education and a future motivates them to make such sacrifices.
Elijah Gergan, director of the Moravian Mission School knows the desperate spiritual condition of his people firsthand. His grand-fatherand many others fled their native homeland of Tibet into India many years ago. The Tibetan culture is still ingrained in society and every day life in Leh, and many of the surrounding areas. Life in this difficult land revolves around Buddhism, monasteries, festivals to honor demons, prayer wheels and prayer flags. These precious people have not only inherited crippling poverty, but also a life limited to their ancestors’ beliefs of spiritual darkness. There is strong opposition to the Gospel, often bringing social ostracism for anyone associated with the Christian group. This makes it difficult to find people willing to help at the school. When God Loves Kids receives news about the school or the children it often is lacking in details.They cannot openly tell about church services or prayer meetings or new salvations. It is difficult to send and receive correspondence to the children. Pastors who are friends of GLK sponsor several of the children, and have visited the home and have verified in reports to us that these things are happening and that the children are excited to learn about Jesus. In 1991 God Loves Kids began supporting some of the most needy students so they could attend the mission school.
A personal note GLK received from the director of the school:
On behalf of the staff and sponsored children of Moravian Mission School we would like to congratulate God Loves Kids on the completion of 37 years of ministry. We are very thankful to our Lord Jesus Christ and to you all for the help and opportunities you have given to our students to make it possible for them to get an education. Most of them come from distant areas, some from broken homes, and some from poor family backgrounds. It is because of your help they have been able to compete with the privileged students and some of them have been able to go for education to different colleges in the country. By God’s grace Moravian Mission School stands as the best school in the Ladakh district. Every year the graduating students in grade 10make up a sizeable number compared to the students from other school sin the district. All this is possible for the underprivileged children only with the help of God Loves Kids. Today we are proud to say that we rejoice with you as you celebrate 37 years of ministry among children.