Equip Asia celebrated its 20th anniversary in the USA on June 3rd at Levant Wesleyan Church in Falconer, NY. As the 200+ friends and supporters took their seats they were greeted with a special 20th Anniversary commemorative magazine. Click here to see the pdf version.
Local musician Will Lowry played classical guitar, Indian style, as guest enjoyed a delicious Indian banquet prepared by Equip Asia co-founder Aruna Swauger and a host of volunteers.
John Owens, Equip Asia board member and General Manager of Blue Ridge Broadcasting (the radio station of the Billy Graham Evangelical Association), was MC for the evening and interspersed his fond memories of India with his comic whit honed during his days as the radio host of the “John and Denny Show,” a popular morning show of the region’s largest Christian radio station, the Family Life Network.
Equip Asia co-founder, Tim Swauger, kicked off the evening’s presentations describing the roots of Equip Asia in the rural regions of South India. He explained that services for children with disabilities from the villages were virtually non-existent in the early 90’s and there were no physical therapists or rehabilitation centers. Though Equip Asia has helped to improve the situation in the region of its outreach since then there remains millions of people with disabilities without services in India and across the subcontinent.
Joni Eareckson Tada sent her greetings via video and shared a touching word of encouragement to the Equip Asia team and supporters. Click here to view Joni’s video greeting!
Elish Kanthi, Executive Director of Equip Asia’s ministry in India, provided an update on the outreach in India and shared inspiring stories of how God is using those touched by our services to bring transformation to their own communities.
Kimi Archer, Equip Asia board member and volunteer team leader of Joni and Friend’s Wheels for the World outreach to India, shared about her experiences working with Equip Asia’s team in India and the incredible fruit that has come from Wheels for the World’s fifteen year partnership with Equip Asia distributing 2,688 wheelchairs!
John Owens wrapped up the evening with inspiring words encouraging attendees to invest in the mission of Equip Asia.
We were so encouraged by the turnout which went beyond expectation! Over $8,000 raised through the faithful support of patrons, sponsors and friends who attended the event. We could not have pulled it off without the involvement of dozens of volunteers, our friends at Sound Reinforcement and our the church family at Levant Wesleyan.
We look forward to all God has in the future as we stay the course in faithfulness to God’s call to reach children, families and communities struggling with disabilities in India and across the Indian subcontinent!