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Our orphan girl Sebika honored by dignitaries before large crowd

 

In early 2013 one of the orphans we adopted was the little girl pictured below, Sebika. She had neither mother nor father….

 

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But at our orphanage since then, our Lord was gracious to bless little Sebika in an unusual way…

August 2016: Sebika wins Second Place in area-wide singing competition; honored before large crowd

 
“We are so glad to inform you that there was a singing competition encompassing all the schools in our area of Bhawanipatna. Our Sebika participated on behalf of her school. It was a large competition, and Sebika placed second among the many entrants. She is going to get the award on the evening of August 15—India’s Independence Day. Either the District Collector or the Police Superintendent will present the award to her. Our girls Ajanti and Susama were also selected for giving the best performance of all the children in their school.”
 
“On the evening of August 15 Sebika was honored by dignitaries of the Kalahandi District in front of a big crowd. As Sebika is not only an orphan but also from a poor tribal background, her winning Second Place was so special. Praise the Lord. He is so good to our children. I give special thanks to my wife Rosy for making Sebika a success before the people.”
 
 
 
 

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July 2015

“Our little orphan girl Sebika was selected for the Excellency exam in the district-level competition and she competed today. Praise the Lord for His blessing and such great improvement in our children.”

  

Our orphans enjoying supernatural health under extreme physical conditions

Back to Our Orphanage in Orissa

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Our little Indian orphan girl Sebika won first prize in the singing competition!


Reports from our Orphanage in Orissa, India


“Greetings to you in Jesus’ precious name.

We really thank all our orphanage supporters and Elijah Challenge prayer partners for their valuable prayers, especially for our children. Because of their prayers our children are doing so well during this difficult season.

For the last one and a half month cholera has spread in many parts of Orissa, especially in a few districts including our district. Several children have died in our local hospital in Bhawanipatna and the public is having a problem with the local doctors in the main hospital of Bhawanipatna.

One of our neighbors is a renowned children’s specialist doctor named Palua Pradhan. From 5 am in the early morning to 10 pm at night thousands of children are coming to see this doctor. But thank the Lord by His wonderful grace our children are safe. A few of our children have suffered from infections and some little boils appeared on their skin. But it is just because of mosquito bites.

Our Lipika has developed a lot. She had not been able to perform well in school, but last week Rosy met with her teacher. She informed Rosy that Lipika has picked up in her last test. She also used to have a little difficulty in memorising our golden Bible verses, but nowadays she can remember more than one.

 

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There was a singing competition in the school, and among the girls our Sebika got first prize!  And among the boys our Kirana got second prize. In the month of October there will be an art competition, and we hope our children will do the best there.

 

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Kirana


Beginning September 30 there will be a ten-day holiday for our children for a Hindu festival called Dusshera, We are planning some extra curricula to teach them more Bible lessons and to spend a lot of time with the children.

Also if it is possible we will take them to a beautiful children’s park to refresh them.

Every morning and evening during their devotions they are remembering you in their prayers. Please continue to pray for them as the climate is not favourable for them during this season.

Thank you so much for your prayer and support for the children.”

Sincerely,
Subodh & Rosy
September 2014

 

Our Orphanage in Orissa, India

mLittle Sebika selected for Excellency Exam at District-Level

August 2016 Update

 

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Above & below photos taken February 2013 (additional children have being added since then)

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January 2014 Update: Children with new clothes from visiting Mission Team Below: Cauliflower garden planted by the children

April 2015 Update    May 2014 Update

Orphanage Update June 2013    Update May 2013 

Update April 2013  Picnic July 2013

Photos of children & orphanage during Mission Trip – January 2014

Little Sumitra Rout joins the orphanage

Background information

Since the beginning of The Elijah Challenge, our emphasis has been on training disciples to minister in supernatural power and miraculous signs as evidence to the lost that Jesus is the only way to the Father. We have never been involved in what might be called the “other” facet of the Lord’s ministry—compassion and ministering to people’s physical needs. For a long time, however, we have desired to do this.

Demonstrating compassion to the physically needy alongside demonstrations of miraculous healing power will bring great glory to the Lord. Such love and compassion show the lost that our God is a God of love. And the accompanying miracles of power which they have never seen before convince them that our God is in fact the only true God. The miracles “seal the deal” for the lost and bring them to Christ Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

Opportunity in India

In December 2012 we heard from our co-worker in India, Brother Subodh Jena Kumar, who has been exceedingly effective and fruitful through Feeding Events in Orissa where the gospel is preached and the sick are healed. He wrote us:

“Pastor, we have a special request for you. As you know, the state of Orissa is the poorest in India. According to some reports in November 2011, Orissa is the poorest state in world. I have visited many remote villages in this year and I found many orphans and semi-orphans, especially in Gundripanka and Dasingbadi.

I found that there are many poor families who are not able to send their children to school. These uneducated children’s future is nothing. They can only work as what amounts to slaves in a hotel or watching after cows and buffaloes, etc. For such orphans, the future is especially dark.

At Dasingbadi, some people came to me and asked, ‘there are some orphans, and nobody is there to take care of them. Would you please help them by providing them a place in a children’s home’?

If it is possible to take 10 to 15 most needy orphan children, it would be better for their future. Please pray…if the Lord leads you please let us know.”

Decision

After prayer and receiving feedback from our partners, we have decided to move in this direction.

Brother Subodh will be renting a house for the orphans. There will be a caretaker as well as a cook. Subodh’s wife Rosy, who has several years of experience in children’s ministry as well as Master’s of Divinity and M. A. degrees, is supervising the hostel.

Regarding education for the orphans, Brother Subodh said:

“Our orphans will be taught the ABCs and will learn about the Lord. Every morning and evening there will be a devotion with a Bible story. Also we will be teaching them in Sunday school frequently. The details curriculum we will prepare as we bring the orphans and will send it to you. I would love to teach them the Elijah Challenge as they grow up and prepare them to serve the Lord in the spirit and power of Elijah.”

Subodh’s February 19, 2013 Update

“Greetings to you in the matchless name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Thank you so much for taking a great compassion work for the needy orphans of Orissa. We believe it the Lord who led you in this wonderful work. There are thirty districts in the state of Orissa and the orphans are from a few districts.

The last few days we were a little busy shopping, doing some formalities and the necessary work for orphans. The orphans are from remote villages and they have never been to town and never even to school. For a few days they had problems adjusting. But we tried our best to make them happy and comfortable. 

We are very glad because they are calling us father and mother.  I believe they were orphans, but now we (with The Elijah Challenge) are their parents.

I am attaching here the orphans’ photos.

Their schooling will begin on March 1 according to the headmaster.”

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The Orphans as of 2014

(new children be be added as funds are available)


 

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1.  A. P., boy
Age – 7  
Class – 2
District – Dasingbadi
No mother

 

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2.   A. P., girl
Age – 6 
Class – 1    
District – Dasingbadi
No father

 

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3.  D. K., boy
Age -5 
Class – 1     
Dist – Rayagada
No father

 

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4.  D. K., girl
Age – 5 
Class – 1   
Dist – Rayagada
No mother

 

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5.  G. N., boy
Age – 7 
Class – 2  
Dist – Kalahandi
Full orphan (no parents)

 


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6.  G. R., boy
Age – 5 
Dist – Gajapati
Full orphan

 

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7.   K. B., boy
Age – 5  
Class – 1  
Dist – Rayagada
No father

 


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8.   P. P., boy
Age – 8 
Class – 3   
Dist – Gajapati
Full orphan

 

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9.   R. K., girl
Age – 5 
Class – 1
Dist – Rayagada
No father

 


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10.  R. M., girl
Age – 7  
Class – 3   
Dist – Nuapada
No father

 


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11.  R. P., girl
Age – 5  Class – 1       
Dist- Kandhamal
Full orphan

 


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12.  S. D., boy
Age – 5
Class – 1       
Dist – Kalahandi 
No father

 

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13.  S. P., boy
Age – 6  
Class – 1 
Dist – Bataguda   
Full orphan

 


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14.  S. P., girl
Age – 6
Class – 1    
Dist – Kandhamal
Full orphan

 

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15.  T. K., girl
Age – 4.5     
Class – 1 
Dist – Rayagada
No father

 

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Cook, caregiver, & helpers for the orphanage

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Subodh & Rosy in the back with their 15 children

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The boys

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The girls

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Lunchtime!

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Our facility for housing and caring for the fifteen orphans

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Orphanage Report from Orissa – April 2015


Our Orphanage in Orissa


“Thank you for praying for us. We all are fine and children are also doing good. Our Almighty God is so gracious to us and showers His blessing upon our children. They are so obedient, becoming a blessing to our neighboring Hindu families. If on some days they are busy with work or for some reason did not sing in the evening, the next morning our neighbors ask them what happened—we did not hear you singing? Our neighbors just love them. Sometimes they visit our children bringing sweets and biscuits. The children are most precious in the sight of God.    

When the CWC (Child Welfare Committee) protection officer came by for an inspection, he asked Rosy to show him all the files. When he looked at the medical files, He saw that very few medications had been prescribed for the children. He was surprised and could not believe it. He thought that we had neglected to record the prescriptions. But throughout the year we went to the hospital very rarely. By the grace of our God our children are safe and sound in health.

Summer has started, for the last fifteen days it was very hot, around 42 degrees Celsius (107-108 degrees Fahrenheit).  Last night there was rain.  So the government had us close the school before 10 am in the morning. Now the children are starting school in the early morning at 6 am.

A new school year has started.  We have almost finished buying supplies for the children—books, pens, pencils, notebooks, school bags, slippers and undergarments for them all.


“(Our orphans] are…a blessing to our
neighboring Hindu families”


All the children received good grades on their last Exam. Asima got first division in 5th Standard, Sebika got first in 3rd Standard, and Priskila got first in 2nd Standard. All children have graduated to upper classes.  Pradeep, Asim and Deepak are now attending another school. Asima and Sebika are really very brilliant, and have memorized more than 40 to 50 golden Bible verses to recite at our Sunday service. We are really very proud of them.  

In Sunday School, Rosy regularly have the children to lead and tell the story from the Bible, and they have been quick to do it.  Praise the Lord they learn quickly and have grown. Every Saturday evening I get a report from Rosy about what the children did and how they did it. We enjoy and thank God for their lives.

Thank you so much for praying for our sons, Naithan and Johnson. (See the photo below.) Both of them are outstanding in their examinations. Both of them scored 95 percent. Now Naithan our older boy is in STD-3 and Johnson in KG 1. Please continue to keep blessing Naithan and Johnson in your prayers.

We all are praying for you every day. Please continue to uphold us in prayer. Thank you so much for your love and care for the precious children….and for us too.”

Sincerely,

Subodh & Rosy


July 2015 Update

“Our little orphan girl Sebika was selected for the Excellency exam in the district-level competition and she competed today. Praise the Lord for His blessing and such great improvement in our children.”

 

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