Psalm 102:28 The children of your servant shall dwell secure; their offspring shall be established before you.
Pastor Prabhu wrote and asked me to pray for 3 of our girls in India that have “come of age”. I asked why he was requesting prayer...they weren’t sick. I then learned that in India when a young girl “comes of age” it is a time of celebration. I discovered that their custom is much different than here. The girls are excited about maturing and the church has a celebration and special service on their behalf. Then they commit time to pray for the girl and dedicate her to the Lord that she will remain pure and live a Godly life. They pray for her protection.
While their custom is much different than ours, I must admit that it is a wonderful way to welcome a young girl into what is a new, and sometimes scary time of the maturing process. Several of our India girls have “come of age”. Our India children are growing fast. This is a reminder of the urgency to build our new orphanages to separate the boys and girls and to offer better protection. In India, once a girl is “used”, no one wants her as a wife. Recently a man was caught hiding near the bathroom at our largest rented orphanage. It was determined that he was waiting for one of the girls to come there during the night. A girl would never admit to rape as she knows the life long consequences. We really need to have a more secure home!
Our property for the new orphanage now has a water well, electricity, and level ground ready for construction. Our next project, as God provides, will be to build a security wall around the property. The cost for that is $27,000. It is a large cement block wall! It will offer the protection needed for these children. Then, again, as God provides, we will build the first of two large homes. One for girls and one for boys. Already God is touching hearts and gifts have arrived for this project. A lot more is needed, but, God doesn’t start something and then forget about it. This is so exciting to see God at work! Stay tuned!!!
CURRENT NEEDS and PRAYER REQUESTS :
1. HAITI: We are very excited to announce that our ministry team is growing! Austin & Hannah Betz will move to Haiti this month. They will host our mission teams and seek the best ways we can minister in Haiti with such need. They will also be a blessing to the orphanage and help us to understand how we can best care for our orphans at our Faith in Action Orphanage administered by Pastor Cenor. 2. ZAMBIA: Again, our team is growing! Please pray for Colton Draeger as he leaves this month for Zambia. Colton is spending the next year as an intern under our ministry. We have arranged for him to serve in Zambia, Ghana, and Poland during the next 12 months. Would you please include Colton on your prayer list? 3. URGENT NEED: Funds needed to build an orphanage in India. We own the land, have dug a well, and the land is ready for construction. We need to raise $280,000 to build a boys home and a girls home. 4. SPONSORS NEEDED: $50 per month until they are 18 (or as long as you are able). 5. Every month we need to pay for the expenses of all of our unsponsored orphans. It costs about $35 per month per child. Designate your gift to “India Orphans” and 100% will go to their support.