About UsBrotherhood Mission
Rev. M. Anton Cruz, launched Brotherhood Missions with a Humanitarian and global vision, closely backed by Christian policies and principles. This Mission concentrates mainly on the Destitute and hopeless street Children .
Childhood is a time to play, to dream to explore this world and learn new things constantly. But there are many children in India, who hardly get to know this perspective of life. They are pushed beyond human extremes for basic necessities like food and shelter. When this is the case, survival becomes a daily affair. Brotherhood Missions strives to uplift these children and show them the lives that they have been missing out.
We lift these children from the streets, educate them give them shelter and good food, in our various homes. We also teach them the Bible and methods of Christian worship. We have currently four such homes spread across the state, each home concentrating on particular criteria of children.
"The stone that has been rejected by the Builders, has become the Corner Stone" "Given a chance, any child will shine, and all Children are God¡¦s Children, lets look upon them as one and alike"
In 1992, Rev. Anton and his wife Jessy took the children of the lepers, prostitutes and gypsies and rented a house in prime beach property in Madras, India. They rented here in obedience to what the Lord had spoken but it felt to them like Jericho, a place of intense spiritual warfare.
Since it felt like Jericho, they started a Jericho march. The children would go out each morning at 6am, going from house to house praying for the families. The first year, they were binding the area in the name of Jesus. The second year, cleansing the area by the blood of Jesus. The third year, claiming the area for Jesus. Now, every day the children go out, two by two, even three to five years old, joining in the Jericho march to pray.
"Jesus, we claim this area for You. Jesus, I claim this family for You. Jesus, I claim the children in this home for You. Bless them." This is being done for almost 10 years in front of every home in the neighborhood.
The high caste people were offended that these untouchable children were in their neighborhood. The owner of the home that Brotherhood Missions was renting came and said that they had to leave. Rev. Anton asked for some time to find another place, but they said, "no, you have to leave this minute." They took the children and all the furniture and threw them all out on the street in front of the house, then locked the door to the house. Rev. Anton told me, "when something like this happens, it is from God. It is to bring humility." They waited upon the Lord for four days with all the furniture and belongings thrown out on the street.
They prayed Psalm 37: Trust in the Lord and do good; [so] shalt thou dwell in the land, And verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the Lord; And He shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord, Trust also in Him and He shall bring it to pass. And He shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, And thy judgement as the noonday. Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him, Fret not thyself because of him, who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
T hen on the fourth day a rich man came. He told them that he had been building a house for his family for eleven years. The house was now complete and they were ready to move in. "I heard your story, and I thought that I was building this house for me and my children, but I was building it for you and your children." He then gave them the key, and they moved into new home! Until they get their own the owner has allowed the use of this house.
I was trained as a Catholic priest and served in the priesthood for nine years. I was an evangelist- preacher, which might be unusual for a Catholic priest in the USA, but can be common for a priest in India. The year of 1987, I experienced a life-changing event that impacted me to this very day. One day while in Tuticorin, India, I was approached by two small children who tugged at my clothes, pleading for me to follow them. My initial reaction was to offer money to the children for food or whatever they needed, but they refused to take it, insisting I follow them. The children led me to a small bundle and told me that it was a baby they found in the street. "Somebody has left a baby. This baby needs milk. Take this baby to your church and give him milk," the boys said. The boys were insistent and handed the baby to me and left. I wasn't used to this. I was used to crowds, but not to individual ministry, especially to young children. As I was on my way to the church, the baby died in my arms. That night I couldn't sleep, but wept before the Lord and sought direction. I cried out, "Why did you bring that baby to me just to have it die in my arms?" The Lord answered me saying, "You are a good preacher. You can preach to thousands of people, but can you love a baby?" From that moment on, this small child forever changed the direction of my life and ministry. This is the event the Lord used to begin the mission, which eventually became "Brotherhood Missions". Now Brotherhood Mission is supporting nearly 8000 children of lepers, gypsies, handicapped, child labour, thrown away babies and tsunami affected children. They are called the Royal Kids-Intercessor-Praying children. I thank the Lord for the vision He has given to me. -Rev. Anton Cruz
Pastor Anton Cruz