Eddie and Macarena Aldape
The Aldapes were appointed in 2001 to work among the Banjara people in India. The Banjara people, who fall low on the caste system in Indian society, number between 20 to 23 million in India but are often forgotten among country’s growing population of 1.1 billion.
The Aldapes work to meet the physical needs of the Banjara people through medical ministries, community development and empowerment and educational programs such as English classes and nutrition and health programs. The Aldapes also focus on faith sharing, church planting and leadership development in their holistic ministry with marginalized peoples.
“The Banjara are outcasts, so when we go and meet some of their needs they are very appreciative,” Eddie said. “At the same time, they are very confused because they are not used to having someone take care of their needs. We offer hope, and they begin to feel they are valuable to God. What’s made the difference is the gospel. They are able to see that they do matter.”
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