Photos of Orissa Orphanage – January 2014

 

January 2014 Update from Pastor Subodh

“…Good news—about the children in our orphanage. Today afternoon Rosy went to their school and met with the headmistress. The headmistress of the school informed that our children are very disciplined and obedient. Two of our girls got top grades in their classes. Thank you and all our supporters for your prayers and support for these children. They are from a very remote village and now going to a town school, and scoring the top grades. This is the blessing of God. We hope our other children will do the same in the days ahead.”

The children visit us at the home of our host Pastor Subodh Jena

The orphanage: the home for the girls

 

Where the girls sleep

The kitchen

The kitchen sink

Vegetables planted by the children

The orphanage: a separate home for the  boys

 

 

 

 

 

Where the boys sleep

  

Where the boys’ caretaker sleeps

Evaporative cooling unit purchased to ward off the 45 degrees C. summer heat

Hand pump provides their water needs
Bathrooms in background left and right

Children wearing new clothing purchased by visiting Mission Team

May 2014 Update on our Orphanage in Orissa, India


May 11, 2014

Dear Brethren in Christ,
 
Early this month we received an update from our Indian co-worker Subodh Kumar Jena on the orphans you are helping to support in India…

“Thank you so much for your prayer for our children. We believe God is so good to us especially to our precious children. ​So many children are suffering these days from cough, cold, fever etc as the climate is not favourable especially for small children. But praise God that our children are doing well in health and in study. We are asking children to drink as much as water and also providing lemon water every day.

Our children’s teachers are very happy for our children​’s​ performance. Again they had an unit test on 28th April, they ​did well. Our children Pradeep, Asim, Deepak and sebika are a good artist​s​​. They ​did very well in school computation​, and in crafts they ​also ​got first. If we encourage them and give scope they may develop in a very better way.

Two of our girls Sebika and Preccilla are singing well, their voice​s​ are so sweet so we think along with Rosy they ​can sing during our worship. They are enjoying ​their ​stud​ies​ and their day to day curriculum.

Now​a​days the climate is very hot, ​with temperature around 44 Centigrade in Bhawanipatna ​where it is the highest in Orissa. Our one cooler’s motor has burnt ​out ​due to the fluctuation ​of electricity, within one or two days we will fix it. Please pray for our children ​that ​they stay ​safe during this severe heat.

Now water is a big problem in Orissa. In Bhawanipatna, the town municipality supplies drinking water to thousands of homes as many wells have dried up. But by the grace of God till today we did not have any problem with drinking water.

This week the government holidays will start for children and we are planning to arrange a few programs for our children. The children will learn songs, skits, Bible verses etc.

Today we had a long talk with the children and remembered you all [the US team who visited last January]. They are praying for you along with us. A few older children also conveyed their regards to you.

 Thank you so much for your prayer and support for this precious children

 Thanking you sincerely.”

 -Subodh & Rosy

 
The newest child to our orphanage is a little girl named Sumitra who used to live outdoors with her Mom and two siblings with sheets as the walls of their “home.” The family accepted Jesus Christ last January when we ministered in Bhawanipatna. We are now building a very simple home for Sumitra’s family so that they will no longer need to live outside. See the photos below.

 When Sumitra first joined the other children in the orphanage, she was unable to eat and digest vegetables because her family had been eating rice only. But now she has gotten used to eating her greens!


Sumitra

 

Rosy (left) bringing fabric to Sumitra’s mom & her three siblings in their former “home” 

 

Their new home going up!


Thank you dearly for supporting these little ones, dear partners in the gospel. May the Lord someday use them mightily and fruitfully for the gospel of Jesus Christ as they mature to adulthood. We hope to see them through university so that they will become a generation of God-fearing leaders in India. May the Lord provide for this!

 

 

Little Sumitra Rout joins the orphanage


January 2014

We’d like to share with you the news that we’ve just added another child into the Orissa orphanage, a little 5-year-old girl named Sumitra Rout. Below is the story (edited for grammar) of Sumitra and her family as relayed to us by Subodh…

January 19: “At our evangelistic healing service [in Orissa on January 4th with the USA & Malaysia team present] there was a Hindu woman who was healed from noise in both her ears. And her second daughter was healed from fever. She testified on the stage that Jesus had healed her, and she accepted the Lord. At the meeting Rosy gave our cell phone number to her.

After a few days she contacted us to visit her, and we visited her home. We could not believe what we saw and heard from her.

She is staying with her four children in the open at a place surrounded by bedsheets. Her husband was a taxi driver and was addicted to drugs. He sold the house and other belongings, and ran away from his family. She was left alone with four children. Now she lives outside with the children. Every morning she goes to a few houses to perform housework. In this way she sustains herself and her children.

After seeing and hearing from her, we felt so sad. Immediately we went to the market and brought 2 mats and 2 blankets for her. Rosy spent some time with her and counseled her.

Please pray for her so that she may remain in the Lord, and if possible we can take one of her children for better future.”

After receiving this news, we asked Subodh to take one of the children into the orphanage.

January 23: “Today I went and met with the new sister in Christ. I comforted her as she is going through a very pathetic situation. Meanwhile her little girl started to cry and said to her mother, “I want to go with uncle [Subodh].”  So I brought her and now she is with us [in the orphanage]. Her name is Sumitra Rout, 5 years old. Please pray for her and her mother.”

With the addition of little Sumitra, our orphanage now has 16 children! Below are two photos.

 

 

Rosy (left) bringing mats & blankets for the new believer & her children

 

 

Five-year-old Sumitra has been added to our orphanage