As we move into spring, the time of fresh new beginnings, we are really excited about what God has in store for us this year; we have some strategic plans which we would like to implement during this year. We believe God is our promise keeper and His abundant grace is enabling us to continue and move forward.
Here is a quick update from my recent trip to India at the end of January.
We continue to create memories; this time I was able to take them to some local attractions such as a beautiful arts and crafts centre, and they go regularly to the land to enjoy the free space and tranquillity there. One of the days out was to a dam which is two hours away from the children’s home and is considered one of the largest dams built in recent times in Asia, and is the tallest masonry dam - it is described as the pride of India. Just twenty minutes away there is a stunning waterfall, but that comes under a different state and we wanted the children to see and experience that, but there’s a check post and there was a charge to cross the border.
The older children really enjoy school though are getting ready for their summer break at the end of April. We will have more children start school in June (new uniforms, shoes, books, transport and school fees will be due soon!). They are all growing, and therefore growing out of clothes, any good quality clothes, age 2-8 or shoes for that age group, would be appreciated, as would stimulating/educational toys.
It’s always a joy to see the work we are doing in the midst of challenges but it’s always hard leaving the children at the home, especially when some of the younger ones feel very sad; this time three young girls who are 7, 4 and 3 held my hands and would not let me leave when the time came to say goodbye. Our licence to run the children’s home has been renewed for another five years from the Indian government. It’s a massive relief after it taking so much effort and hard work to attain that.
To make the most of entering the neighbouring state we decided that instead of returning back home we would travel on another seven hours overnight to get to the sea! It felt like a great adventure to the children who loved the novelty of the expedition and were able to sleep comfortably in their reclined seats! It was the children and staff’s first experience of the sea and we all had an amazing time.
I cannot tell how happy they were and how much fun they had in the waves. Having the new bus is a wonderful asset to travel anywhere in India, for days out and for ministry purposes, this saves a lot of money on hiring the transport although we do have a bit to pay off for the bus; feel free to get in touch if you are interested in helping with this specific need.
For many of us the life can be challenging, stressful and difficult but the peace of God and His promises in the bible has kept us going forward, as this verse encourages us:
”Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9)