Mercy was born in Nizamabad, Telangana, India. After completing her MSc, she worked for a few years.
Peter was born in Karimnagar, Telangana. He finished high school in the south of India, then went to the US and completed his BSc and worked for some years.
About two years after getting married they founded Shining Stars in Hyderabad, Telangana, on March 5th of 1996. They have three sons, who presently live in the US.
The vision of Shining Stars is to raise godly leaders by discipling children for the long-term through holistic, developmental programmes, run in partnership with like-minded churches and/or individuals.
We believe, to make a positive impact on society for the next generation, we need to start when children are young and invest years into their lives.
Peter and Mercy’s desire is to see daily, holistic developmental centres established in various parts of India. Presently (early 2020) there are 18 centres running in three states (Telangana, Odisha and Madhya Pradesh).
Our partners should first develop a desire to invest in and inspire the next generation to be one that cares to be salt and light in society around them. Once that desire is there, we would like to see their centre’s become self-sustaining and their children/youth trained to be multiplying disciples, investing in others too.
We are thankful to see many of our alumni, who have now grown up, living as salt and light in many sectors of society, where they are living and working. Some are teachers in the some centre’s, some running centres themselves and some are serving on our board of directors.