UK Update Oct India Update
India Hope Centre The India Hope Centre exists to provide foster homes for orphaned or abandoned children. Over 40 children now live at the centre. Most of these are from Hindu and Muslim backgrounds. Regardless of their faith they are loved and looked after by Christian parents. Five of the teenagers who have been adopted into the India Hope Centre have recently accepted the Lord and are getting baptized this month! All the children at the centre are soon to conduct their first exams for this academic term, so would value prayers for this.
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Mobile Medical Clinic The India Hope Centre has been donated a mobile medical clinic, which we will be using this year to reach out to the most needy people in the villages around the Hope Centre. Working with local doctors, as well as volunteers from overseas, we recently treated over 160 people in one village, in one day, which shows the huge need in the area. Many people were given life saving treatment and drugs that would have been impossible to receive otherwise.
The five IHC girls who have recently accepted Jesus
The India Hope Centre recently accepted 5 new children. They were all rescued literally from the streets. Last week they were living off scraps of food in the slums, now they are living in loving Christian families. The love and care has already started having an effect on them.
GLOMOS in India As well as ministering to physical needs, the Global Action staff in India has also been busy with Global Module Studies (GLOMOS), which provides theology training to rural pastors. Over the last few months this has been producing fruit, here is one example:
India National Director, Supratim Dey, with the new children at the IHC
Buddha Rai Rango is a GLOMOS student in Eastern Sikkim. He has been instrumental in starting a house church in a place called Kitam on the way to Namchi. After starting GLOMOS studies, Buddha began preaching in Kitam, an area generally hostile to the Gospel. His first effort was fruitless and he received a lot of persecution. However he continued to visit families and to share the gospel in the area. His prayer for the sick was answered and a man was healed from sickness, after which he asked to be baptized. His Baptism led his family to Christ and this was followed by others in the village wanting to accept Christ. The church is growing and the hostility towards Christians has subsided.
Ukraine Update The Dream Project Following the successful summer camps, a work team comprising of volunteers from the UK and USA travelled to the Hope Centre to conduct necessary maintenance and repairs to prepare the centre for its next big ministry project – the Dream Project. This is designed for young women, aged 16 to 23, who have left orphanages and troubled homes with limited schooling and thus have little chance of getting a job. These girls are at high risk of trafficking. By 16 many have experimented with prostitution. The aim of the programme is to train the girls in cosmetology as beauticians, as well as hair dressing and nail art as additional skill sets. In addition to vocational training, the girls will live in the Christian environment of the Hope Centre for 7 months where they will participate in Bible lessons and see faith lived out daily by the Hope Centre staff. They will also help with chores around the Hope Centre to teach them valuable life skills. All the prospective candidates were invited to a two day retreat at the Hope Centre to gauge their perseverance and desire to participate in the programme. During this time the girls were stretched and challenged to help them bond as a group and to identify which girls would be accepted on the programme. Activities including ropes courses and trust fall exercises challenged the girls to overcome their fears and deal with personal issues. Natasha, a local salon owner, collaborated by leading hair and nail master-classes throughout the retreat, as well as providing training on relational issues, like dealing with difficult clients. At the end of the first day, the girls gathered round a roaring bonfire to chat. The Hope Centre staff prepared open-ended questions for the girls to discuss. Most girls had never had the opportunity to sit with people who truly cared about their dreams and opinions. Some had to face their fears of speaking in front of a group. At the end of the retreat the staff selected 8 girls who they felt could complete the programme and who most needed this programme to change their lives. Here are the stories of two of these girls:
Katya – aged 16, near Kerch Katya lives in a village just outside Kerch. She lives with her mum, little sister, and alcoholic stepfather in a house the size of a small shed. Her stepfather spends all his earnings on alcohol and when he is drunk he beats Katya and her family. The family have to survive on about £60 a month, which Katya’s mum earns as a cleaning lady at Katya’s school. The reason that she works at Katya’s school is that she is afraid to leave Katya alone. After school Katya goes to a local bar where she calms herself with alcohol and cigarettes before selling her body for sex outside the bar. She does this is to get things that every teenage girl wants – like clothes, makeup, and a phone. Although she is the youngest girl on the project, she desperately needs help. She has dropped out of school and will continue down the road of prostitution without intervention. Katya showed that she is already a hairdresser on the inside as she is very quick at learning how to do complicated hair styling.
Natasha – aged 18, near Kerch Natasha is a Christian girl from a very poor background. She shared how she dreamed of an education, but because her father had died and her mother was unable to work, they could not pay for her education or her upkeep. Despite these difficulties, Natasha prayed and trusted God. Eventually she heard about the Dream Project, which was a dream come true! She prayed that God would provide the money for her to attend the initial interview, which He did, and she was accepted on the programme. Now she says she dreams of working in a salon where she hopes to have the opportunity to talk with clients and bring them to Christ. Prayer requests: •Please pray for the programme, that it would truly impact lives. •Please pray for wisdom for all the leaders as they teach these girls. •Pray for good relationships between the students. •Pray for additional funding so that we can continue to provide help.
Summer Camps The summer camps at the Ukraine Hope Centre were a real success. Over the summer 500 children aged 8-14 attended 4 different camps, where they participated in a wide range of activities organised by visiting mission teams from the UK and USA. These activities included games, crafts, daily swimming in the Black Sea, competitions, bonfires, singing and dancing. The children also heard the Word of God and received their very own copy of the Bible. Many children came from very broken backgrounds and left knowing Jesus as their Saviour. Here are a few of their stories:
Nastya (aged 12) from an orphanage in Simferopl Nastya’s father worked in construction, earning good money. Her mum used to work in a kitchen washing dishes. Despite their relative wealth, both parents were heavy drinkers. Most evenings they would end up drunk, and her father would beat her mum. While this happened Nastya had no choice but to sit and watch the beatings.
Sometimes, to escape, Nastya’s mum would take Nastya and move out for a while. On one occasion while Nastya was sleeping the night at a friend’s house, her father beat her mum so badly that she was sent to hospital for a long time. After she had recovered, Nastya’s mum decided that she would never live with her husband again. She took Nastya, and having no-where else to go, they moved out on to the streets together. They ate whatever anyone would give them. On one occasion, someone gave them a piece of pizza, from which they got severe food poisoning and were hospitalised. When Nastya returned to school for the first time after moving out, her teachers asked her about her absence. She told them truthfully about her parents and how she now lives on the streets. The head teacher immediately reported Nastya’s living situation to the government. After making enquiries officials found her mum, who was drunk. As a result, Nastya was taken away from her parents, sent to live in an orphanage, and has not since seen them.
Nastya says that she loves the Hope Centre so much. She enjoys being at the camp and while she is here she forgets about all her problems. She also heard about God for the first time and believed. Now, she trusts God and hopes for a better future. After the salvation message, she was overjoyed because she received Jesus and became part of a big family with many brothers and sisters. Nastya says that she has never been hugged as many times in her life as she was while at the camp. The thing that impressed her most was that, after bedtime stories, someone tucked her in and hugged and kissed her, which she had never experienced before. She was also so excited when saw that the Hope Centre had hot running water. Nastya believes that she didn’t come to the camp by chance, but that God brought her and that she is here for a specific purpose.
Dasha – age 13, Krivoi Rog
Dasha comes from a family with seven children. Her father left the family when she was young and her mum was pronounced unfit to look after the children, so her parental rights were revoked and, as a result, all the children were sent to an orphanage. All of the siblings apart from Nastya and Dasha have now been adopted. Dasha desperately wishes that she could leave the orphanage and live with a family. While she was at the Hope Centre she was so excited as she felt like she was in a family again. She was very attentive during the Bible lessons, enjoyed all the games, and loved the food. She also liked practicing her English with the UK team. Dasha has a very kind heart and helped anyone who needed it. She dreams of working at a camp like this one so that she can help other campers like she was helped while she attended the camp.
Humanitarian Aid Distribution While the Dream Project was getting underway, we were able to distribute the contents of a container of medical aid, donated by the Swedish government, to local hospitals, hospices, and those in need. Here are some of the people that we helped:
Oksana Kalyegova When Oksana was two years old she was very ill with a virus that left her paralyzed, and doctors told her that she would never walk or talk again. She is cared for by her elderly mother, and they both live on the mother’s pension of £150 a month. Her medical expenses alone mean that this pension is inadequate, but her mother is ashamed of asking for help. Oksana is in terrible pain all the time. As we distributed the aid they asked for clothes and an orthopaedic mattress for Oksana’s back pain. We also provided a portable toilet, which will help in caring for Oksana.
Ghana Mission Team This summer a ‘touch the world’ Global Action team headed out to Ghana to support the work of Mat-toFore - a Christian charity seeking to work alongside the marginalised people of rural Ghana, helping to raise them from the ‘mat’ of life, to the ‘forefront’. The charity currently works with a particular village called Kotei, on the outskirts of Kumasi. The team put together an itinerary that included running a summer camp for the village children, redecorating the Matto-Fore pre-school by adding alphabets, number squares and big colourful mango trees! They also helped get a pair of foster homes off the ground. One of Mat-to-Fore’s central aims is to promote fostering / adoption as a more loving and sustainable approach to raising orphans than institutional orphanages. The hope is that the homes will be completed during the next several months as further funding comes in and potentially opened with the first families moving in at some point in 2012. Thank you for your prayers and support.
Some pictures from the mission… Oksana Kalyegova
Sayenko Lubov Ureyevna
Sayenko Lubov Ureyevna Lubov has had necrosis of her right hip and has been unable to walk for 5 months. She lives with her husband who really loves her and takes good care of her. He told the Hope Centre staff how she had got hepatitis from hormone injections and her liver is failing, and how the doctors have given up with treatment for her. More than anything, she wishes that she could stand up and walk or run again. Her husband came to the Hope Centre and was waiting in line 3 hours before the distribution started so that he could get a motorised wheelchair for her. Lubov was so appreciative of our help that she cried and hugged the Hope Centre staff. Now she can get about as she wants to.
God’s provision… When one of the girls attending the Dream Project arrived at the Hope Centre, the staff discovered that she was too poor to afford a coat, a vital piece of clothing as the winter temperatures in Kerch drop far below freezing. As they opened the first humanitarian aid packet they found a beautiful warm coat that perfectly fitted the girl. As she needed an unusual size this truly was a miracle. God provided her with a warm coat to face the winter.
Published on Oct 5, 2011