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