Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Flood Relief

Monsoon brings life to India. Farmers laugh when rains finally arrive. Hydro-electric dams and drinking water reservoir find replenishment for the entire year. Dying rivers once again begin to teem with life. This rain water will allow people, crops, and animals to live for the next eleven months.
Flooded Village. Photo Source: IE

However, monsoon can also bring death.

The rains this year has been in excess. Rivers are flooded. Several villages are inundated by water. More than 70 people have already died. Many homes have collapsed or ravaged by flood. Tribes in many places have started to move higher up into the mountain forests.  Weatherman predicts continuing heavy spell of rains; this means more destruction.

Odisha is one of the worst hit areas. IET has a significant presence in hundreds of villages in this state. Tens of thousands of people have been rendered homeless in eastern parts of India.   Pastor

Khosla says, “Villages are inundated with water. Grains and crops are destroyed. People have nowhere to go and nothing to eat. Most have escaped with just the clothes on their back. Some are still marooned and have to be rescued.”


URGENT NEED: RELIEF WORK

Our field leaders are preparing to begin relief work. The immediate need is to provide clean drinking water, basic food supply, blankets, tents, basic food supplies and medicine where needed. One thousand relief kits containing these things are being prepared to be given out in the next twenty-four hours.

RELIEF KIT

I request your prayers.

For online donation please click here 

One relief kit containing clean drinking water, basic food supply to last few days, blanket and one pair of cloth will cost about $ 24.

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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Lamp has been lit.

India has 122 major languages and 1599 other unique languages. Thirty of these major languages has more than 1 million native speakers each. Hindi, the largest has 366 million speakers. That is about the population of the USA and Canada put together. 

Each tribe and people group in South Asia has its own unique language. For the sake of governance, most state (province) also has a provincial language. However, there is a great gulf between the ‘heart language’ and ‘state language.’

LEFT BEHIND

The village of PKote spoke only their unique ethnic language. So, they have remained isolated from the rest and did not participate in any progress. They were being left behind. Even the children of this village did not attend the school in the neighboring village. The walk through the forest to the school was not the challenge. But, these children could not understand the state language that was used in the school. Their village spoke only their unique language. And, no one here knew how to read or write any language. They lived a very primitive life in every way.
 
One day a Compelled missionary was told about this people. So, he decided to visit this village. He could not converse with the people. So, he smiled a lot and drank the water that was offered to him as a sign of welcome. He felt a unique burden for this village. So, he started to pray for them and also kept visiting them regularly. Over time, he began to develop their trust and friendship. Meanwhile, he found someone who spoke both languages.

THE LIGHT

The missionary one day met with the elders of PKote. He shared his willingness to teach them to read and write in the language of their province. He also explained that he would also train them to count, so that they could sell their produce at a fair rate in the village market. They were excited and agreed.
Soon, every evening the Compelled missionary would go to this village with his paper charts, chalk board, and the Bible. They met under a tree or in someone's hut; and every night he would teach them one alphabet at a time, one number at a time. 

Initially, thirty villagers committed to attend the classes. As others saw the progress in these thirty, more showed interest to join in these literacy classes. A literacy worker, on an average, conducts classes in 2-4 different villages every week.

Today, a large number of villagers at PKote have learnt the state language. They can read, write, and count. The villagers have now started to engage with the government agencies towards progress. Most of the children now to go school. Above all, the witness of the missionary and the Bible stories that he would share has already led 60 people to commit to be disciples of our Lord.



The missionary brother leading the literacy worker in this region sums it well, "The lamp has been lit in this village. The light has entered their minds and spirit." 




Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Christmas and Chicken

Rescued girl in one of our Children Home in India
Every year, as an organization, we try to do something special for the children living in our boys and girls homes across South Asia. Although school supplies, new clothes, and sweets are fun, delightful gifts to share with these boys and girls, the field leaders sensed it was time to take a different approach this holiday season.
Gifts are tangible expressions of love and joy – often meeting practical, emotional, and physical needs. And, this year, one of our senior leaders hatched a gift idea that would meet all three: chickens.
Initially, the idea of purchasing chickens as Christmas presents might seem a bid odd, but such a gift would assist the children in a variety of ways. In addition to serving as a pet for each boy or girl, the chicken would teach the children responsibility and resourcefulness. If the children care for the chickens properly, they will produce eggs--an essential source of nourishment and nutrients. Additional, the children will be able to sell eggs at local markets to start generating income for their future needs. 

For a mere ten dollars, you can provide two chickens, a feathered companion to a boy or girl in need. And amazingly, your gift has the propensity to multiply in its effectiveness. As each orphan cares for his or her chicken, they will see the direct impact of their diligence and care. They will grow strong, adding much-needed protein to their diets. They will grow independent, earning a fair price for the eggs they sell. And, in small, but powerful way, they will feel both provided and cared for.
Children in one of our Homes along Nepal

We humbly ask for you to participate this Christmas season in showing the love and provision of Christ through your gift this holiday season. I encourage you to join with me in giving, as we watch orphaned children experience the joy of having something to call their own.
Again, thank you for joining in taking the good news of Jesus to the children of South Asia.