Eddie and Macarena Aldape
Ministry Location: India
Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
Commissioned to begin mission service: 2001
The Aldapes were appointed in 2001 to work among the Banjara people in India. The Banjaras, 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—and those they partner with—have found ways to bring the Banjaras and other marginalized peoples back into society. They work to meet physical needs through their connections with several medical clinics, and they also teach English classes and nutrition and health programs.
“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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