Mailing Address: North Bengal First Love Ministries - Emly Ganch, Debidanga Bazaar - P.O. Champasari, Siliguri, Darjeeling - West Bengal, 734003 - Tel. 91-8101643891, 8101643890
Birthdates: Joel: May 19, Tara: February 15, Abhishek: August 2, 2004, Arpan: December 5, 2008
Wedding Anniversary: March 12
Joel and Tara are the directors of the First Love Children’s Home of North Bengal located in Siliguri, India. There are presently 24 children in this home, plus Joel and Tara’s own two sons (Abhishek and Arpan). Some of the children in this home were rescued from brothels. In addition to running the children’s home, Joel and Tara conduct kid’s clubs in outlying impoverished areas in Darjeeling and Sikkim, are involved in compassionate outreach, assist widows, and lead short-term mission teams.
About Joel and Tara
Joel was born in Sikkim, India. At the age of 10 he prayed to receive Jesus as his personal savior. His parents, formerly Hindus, had encouraged Joel since childhood to serve the Lord. Upon graduation from high school in 2000, Joel, with a group of his friends decided to go to bible school in Nepal. This is where he met Tara, a young Nepali girl who had grown up in Nagaland, India. Tara’s father, a pastor, had planted a church in Bhakunde, Nepal. Joel and Tara were married in 2003. Joel subsequently earned his bachelors degree from Asian Theological Seminary. He and Tara love the Lord and love one another. They have a passion to reach out to “the least of these” with the love of Jesus.
Special Prayer Request
First Love of North Bengal is presently renting a house for the children’s home. It is small and filled to capacity. This past year, the Lord provided the funds to purchase a parcel of land on which to build a permanent home. (The photo above was taken outside the gate to this property). The new home will not only house up to 50 children, it will also provide a place to care for widows, as well as women and girls who are rescued from brothels. Trafficking is a huge problem in India. Please pray that the Lord provides the funds through his people to make this home a reality.