An Indian Odyssey – Day Five

Today has shown us how God’s love, as demonstrated through His faithful servants, can transform lives and communities. Our first stop was to the English Faith School set up by Pastor Paul’s wife, Anu. She felt God’s calling to provide education to the children in the orphanage and others around the area, so she went to college to train to be a teacher.

When she qualified she started teaching children. Now the school has 83 pupils, from 3 years to 7 years old and they leave with a certificate for the 6th grade, and can go on to further education. This gives children, no matter what their background, an opportunity to get an education and find a career that will change their lives for the better.

At the moment, Anu is supported by three other teachers but needs more funding to attract more teachers. Her vision is to grow the school to provide further years education. Please pray for Anu, the teachers and the children, that they may be blessed and receive the resources needed to fulfil their needs.

We thank Anu and the team for allowing us to visit today and see the wonderful work they are doing in fulfilling God’s vision here. If that wasn’t humbling enough, Pastor Paul and a local lady, Anita, took us around the slums to show us the living conditions that people have to endure. It felt like they hadn’t seen a white person walking down their street before and Joanne received special attention from the girls who queued to meet her and have their photo taken with her.

We received a warm welcome from everyone, and Lee was popular with one particular lady who liked to stroke his beard! We gave sarees to some of the ladies along the way. I was particularly taken by the way they swept the road outside their homes, and how they kept clean as there was no water except a standpipe down the street. Lee was given the opportunity to fill a few water containers for them.

Lee filling water containers

Anita demonstrated such Christian love by being a type of unpaid social worker looking after the needs of those in the slums. Anita and her family give generously of her time and resources to help this neighbourhood. A wonderful servant heart!

Matthew 25:34-40 NIV [34] “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. [35] For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, [36] I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ [37] “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? [38] When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? [39] When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ [40] “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.

Thank you, Jesus!

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