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2017 SPRING NEWSLETTER
A FRUITFUL YEAR FOR THE ARC AND GRANDMA'S HOUSE
As, you can see from the picture above many of the children living at the Ark Rescue Center (ARC) are growing up, but we still have plenty of "little ones" living there, as well. This group picture was sent to us from India and we tried out best to print it out for our sponsors as we usually do, but it was in such a wide format we could not get it to print out in a 4X6 photo.
It looks like 2017 is going to be the year that we begin to see fruit from of our (yours and ours and God's) efforts with the orphans in India. Without you, our faithful sponsors, none of it could be possible. Some of our kids are reaching young adulthood and finishing school. Some are getting married and some have started working toward their career!
On March 9th of this year a Christian wedding was held on the property where the ARC and Grandma's House sits. The lovely bride, Kumari has lived at the ARC since it was founded in 2006. The wedding was quite an event with several hundred people attending. Many of the Hindus that were present were touched by the ceremony and gave positive testimonies after the service. Many had never attended a Christian wedding before. A large meal was served after the service and everyone ate the wonderful food that was served. Kumari cried tears of joy when she found out we were sending money for them to have a proper wedding. This was possible because we have wonderful partners with a heart for God. Kumari's new husband is a Christian and is very good to her, as is his entire family. The new couple are very happy. Kumari sends her love and thankfulness to all of OBM partners.
MANY GIFTS FOR THE NEWLY WEDS
The new bride and groom were presented with many gifts to celebrate their marriage
The beautiful girl standing next to the bride is another success story for the ARC. Satya, also has lived at the ARC since 2006. She recently graduated from nursing school and is now employed at a hospital near the ARC. She was so excited to get to purchase a gift for the couple with money that she had earned from working as a nurse. Satya is amazing and we are so proud of the young woman she has become!
MORE CAREER GIRLS
Six of our girls who have completed their high school education classes have now been enrolled in embroidery school! They will learn the intricate designs you see on many of the beautiful Indian Saris and other clothes. This is a skill that will allow them to earn an income and support themselves or help support their eventual family!
In addition to the girls, Sony and her sister in law Mercy have also enrolled in this school and also in a sewing class. Their goal is to graduate from the class and then teach the skills they have learned to the other children that are interested in learning this skill. Thank you Sony and Mercy for your dedication to the children and their future!
Through the years we have had sewing machines donated to the ARC and it looks like they are going to get plenty of use in the coming future. Thank you to all who have donated sewing machines, finances for the girls to take the classes, and your monthly support. Look at how God is using you to change lives!
This is Jyothi. She is another one of the girls that has been with us since the beginning. She and her twin sister have lived at the ARC since they were very little. Jyothi has finished her high school education and has been accepted into Cosmetology School. WOW!! We stand amazed when we see what these young ladies are accomplishing with their lives!!
PASTOR JOSEPH CONTINUE TO PREACH THE GOSPEL
Although a large portion of his time is taken up with running the ARC and Grandma's House, Joseph's heart is for the salvation of India. He continues to travel to remote villages preaching the Gospel and ministering to thousands of villagers and fishermen who live along the Bay of Bengal.
You can be a part of spreading the Good News by helping to purchase the portable PA systems. They are vital in reaching the people in ares where there is no electricity.
DOLLS FOR THE CHILDREN
We want to give a BIG shout out and BIG Thank you to the WMU ladies from the Raleigh Baptist Church, Raleigh Illinois for making over 100 of these dolls for the kids in India. There are many children who have never had a doll or a toy and I cant wait to see their lovely smile and excitement when they see these! Thank you for your hard work!
LARGE GROUP WAITING TO BE BAPTIZED!
BIG MINISTRY OPPORTUNITY!!
We have a great opportunity to help provide Pastor Joseph in India with a way to feed and minister to the poor in his area. A 1 acre rice field has come up for sale.
This past January a mission team from Crossroads Bible Church in Norris City, Illinois traveled to India to minister with Pastor Joseph. He shared his vision of using the rice field to feed orphans, widows and the poor living in his area. The team returned with the mandate to make his dream a reality. Over $20,000 dollars has been donated so far towards the purchase of the field. The total cost of the field is $40,000 dollars.
If you would like to be a world changer you can make a tax deductible donation toward the purchase of the rice field by going to the home page and clicking the DONATE BUTTON. 100% of the donations for the field will go toward the purchase of the rice field. Join with us and lets be a part of what God is doing in India!
Cindy, Terry and Angie want to once again thank you from the bottom of our hearts for you faithful partnership, your prayers, the love of God that you carry and give out so lovingly. God is using you mightily and we pray that you realize what your prayers and support have accomplished as you read through this letter. God Bless you! We love you!
Click the DONATE button if you would like to help purchase the rice field.
Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. Mark 9:23
Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Matthew 7:20
Last week we had the opportunity to reconnect with an old friend, and make a new friend! Pictured with us are James Graham (in the foreground) and Cheyenne Bodie. James is President of International Gospel Outreach (IGO). IGO is a ministry agency that provides training and also many other support services for missionaries. If you have a heart for missions and discipleship, check out their website at www.igoministries.org