Sixteen! That’s the number of children Saji and Cynthia John planned to care for once their 2 children had grown up. Why 16? Two Swedish social workers had taken care of 16 children in the Indian state of Karnataka in the 1970s. Saji was one of the 16. The impact these workers had on Saji was significant and eternal.
What started with the 16 though has since grown far beyond what Saji and Cynthia could have ever imagined.
In 2007, a stranger brought 2 girls found begging in the slums of Hyderabad to Saji and Cynthia’s home. Sadly, their father could no longer afford his 5 children and was abandoning these 2 precious ones to the streets to fend for themselves. The stranger asked Saji and Cynthia to care for the siblings. Although unprepared, Saji and Cynthia said yes to the man, and took these 2 children in.
Since that day in 2007, God continued to bring hurting and broken people to Saji and Cynthia’s doorstep – abandoned children, widows and their children who were cast out of their families, girls trafficked into prostitution, children of prostitutes being abused in brothels, and most recently temple prostitutes. Despite insufficient resources, Saji and Cynthia continued to say yes and trust God His provision and protection as they take care of all these precious ones. Today, John Foundation, Saji and Cynthia’s foundation, serves far more than the initial 16 they had planned.