SPICE exists to break the cycle of poverty for underprivileged children in South Asia.

The Sponsorship Program for International Children’s Education (SPICE) is a holistic, Christ-centered, child development program. By providing education, group housing, and proper nutrition, SPICE enables children to live out their God-given potential.

Established by Brethren in Christ missionaries in the 1960s, SPICE began as an outreach to children in India. Today, SPICE serves more than 800 children across nine hostels in India and Nepal.

Children range between five and eighteen years old and are largely from rural communities. Often, because local schools are too far away or families lack the necessary funds, these children are left without access to education.

Through SPICE, however, children are given opportunities they might not otherwise have. In fact, many of India’s and Nepal’s current church leaders have grown up through the SPICE program and now serve as teachers, local officials, evangelists, church planters, pastors, and church administrators.


$18 per month provides a SPICE child:

  • Clean water through access to a water pump
  • Nutritious meals prepared by a cook
  • Group housing with security staff for additional protection
  • Nurturing care from an experienced house parent
  • Medical provisions to support their physical health
  • Education through tuition assistance to nearby public schools
  • Learning about Jesus through daily devotions and participation at a local BIC church

In addition to sponsorships, donating to the SPICE Gift Fund provides SPICE children with Christmas gifts.

Donation Type

When donating, select “SPICE – Child Sponsorship” or “SPICE – Gift Fund” from the drop-down menu. When sponsoring a child, specify any preferences, such as the child’s age, gender, or hostel location; be sure to specify the frequency of your sponsorship:

  • Monthly — $18
  • Quarterly — $54
  • Annually — $216

Donate now

If you’re a looking to share SPICE with your congregation or youth group, we’re here to help. Contact us to request DVDs, brochures, stickers, table displays, or even a representative to come share about the program. Request media ­resources

Pam Arnold

Pam Arnold, Member Care and Support Administrator

Contact Pam to learn more about SPICE.

717-697-2634 ext. 5410 | parnold@bicus.org