The Promised Land
hope for the future
We have been able to purchase a large site of land amongst the 64 tribal villages whom we are working amongst. We believe God has provided for this place to be a blessing to many people; it is a site with great potential.
The land is beautiful, with surrounding hills and a very tranquil atmosphere. It was in need of some work to tidy it up so throughout the winter diggers have been at work removing stones, clearing land and making the area level as well as fencing it. It was great to see water supply established with the digging of three bore wells. We had our first event on the land at Christmas. It’s great to be already using the land for large events.
Our vision for the land is big, but one of our main priorities is training. The villagers are mostly uneducated and one of our first requirements is to raise up people with both skills and a heart to reach the poor, equipped to work with the projects. So we are planning to establish a training centre, with accommodation, classrooms, resources as well as facilities for holding larger events/courses such as pastors conferences and women’s training.
PLANS FOR THE FUTURE
We also hope that in the future community health and medical work can begin. As tribal people often receive second class care, if any at all, there is a great need for providing health services, as a research study we carried out in the area showed.
Our larger site of land of 8 acres is 20 minutes away from the children’s home. It is very beautiful with views of surrounding hills, and the children go there sometimes for picnics and playtime.
We have started some agricultural projects which will help with providing some food for the Home of Hope. We have been growing vegetables and have just been able to plant out some paddy fields for rice!
This helps to make our work more sustainable. However there are still costs involved, such as fencing to prevent damage of crops by wild animals, and irrigation – we need more funds to repair and improve the water supply, as after the recent dry weather the water levels are particularly low.
Fountain of Life Pipes for irrigation and water supply to the land are moved to where work will begin.