India – Last month in record breaking heat the foundation and pillars for the GBC dining hall were set in place. Our leadership and construction teams are to be commended because they kept going and as a result, the roof is currently being put on. This is a 40’ x 60’ dining hall but will also be used as classroom, media and game room besides a place to feed our students and hundreds of pastors and women who attend our training conferences several times a year. It is designed with an indoor-outdoor lodge feel.
Below is an update on the financials for the dining hall and kitchen. We praise God and thank you, our generous partners, for what has already been provided for. Please join us in praying for the $30,000 needed to complete this phase, as classes begin next month.
Dining hall foundation, pillars and roof – $10,700 (PAID)
Electricity, water tank, pump and piping: $2,656 (PAID)
Floor of Dining Hall: $3,200 (PAID)
Pending projects for this semester (6/25/2015):
Dining walls: $5,000
Kitchen building 40’ x 20’: $9,500
Commercial kitchen equipment: $17,250
Dining Hall Furnishings: $1,750
Total: $33,500 Needed
Repairs begin – With the monsoon clouds literally looming overhead, work began on June 13 on the children’s home to repair the leaking roof as the first priority. Because funds have been donated we have enough to get this project started. To date $4,632 has come in, and we are so very grateful to those who have so generously helped. Thank you so much for caring and helping to invest in these children’s lives!
This project has a $10,000 total need, and we still need $5,368 to repair the walls (plaster has fallen down because of the roof leaks), making new closets for the children so they can store their clothes. The next step will be the painting of the 50’ x 100’ building inside and out.
Would you please pray with us for this provision? This will help us be able to accept more children into the home in the near future. Thank you.
Two of our Grace Bible College students have been sponsored since last month’s The Liaison went out with this request. Thank you to those who have responded to underwrite these young people’s ministry future. We need six more GBC students sponsored at $100/month, or, $1200/year by the first week in July. Most of these young people will move into full time ministry.
If you are only able to take on half a sponsorship, $50, that would be a big help as well! According to the Boston Globe, the average cost of two people eating out is $47.68 at Outback, not including tip…I know, I hate it when people pull the guilt card out…truth is, though, we really DO need your help if you are able and willing.
If you would like to sponsor a student click the blue donate button, and select “Grace Bible College Student Sponsorship,” Thank you!
– Sarah Rieger, Executive Assistant for Child and Student Sponsorships
We’ve known Priti and her family for many years in India. Her father died an alcoholic, her mother died of kidney cancer leaving four children in their grandmother’s care. She died just a year later and three of the four children came to our children’s home in 2007. Priti, 18, is #3 in the birth order and is a very sweet girl. She has a very caring and loving heart. She has seen many hardships in life and thus works hard to excel in her studies. She has a passion to become a nurse so she can care for the sick and serve them.
Priti loves the Lord and has a heart to serve him. She has a pretty smile and a sparkle in her eyes.
Would you help sponsor her to get her nursing degree? We need $500 this year. To donate, go to the blue donate button on the right and select “Priti’s Nursing School Support.” Thank you!
Tonight, as you sleep, there is the sound of a powerful diesel motor echoing on the open plains of Northern India on the road, bringing vital supplies to Nepal. Just last night, the last of the supplies were loaded onto the lori (Indian Semi truck) carrying its load to Katmandu, then to push into the inter mountain region of Nepal.
With your giving, tents to house families, tarps to give protection from the elements, hundreds of bottles of water purification tablets to make tens of thousands of gallons of water safe to drink, and corrugated tin sheets for rebuilding of two Villages, are making the five day, over the road journey to this remote area. One of our most trusted of young pastors and Dean of Grace Bible College, is riding and overseeing this transport of essentials to make sure that they go to the intended villages. This truck makes up a convoy of eight lorries, or trucks, traveling into Nepal, with relief supplies.
While the damage in Kathmandu is significant and staggering, Nepal’s government has requested that international relief efforts focus on outlying villages and that’s exactly what we are doing. Vision Nationals, a sister ministry, based in Central East Coast of India, who John and Dee worked with personally in 1997 are partnering again to meet this need. Joel Garrison, a personal friend and co-laborer with VN, will assist in distributing to two villages through the National ministry team. We are privileged to partner together again with them.
One of the pastors in these villages, Pastor Lalit, whose home was completely destroyed along with the rest of the homes in the village, shared that the needs are especially for shelters. In response, we are providing the needed immediate and long term supplies for shelters, as the monsoons are coming. Another need at this time is a water treatment plant, costing $25,000. Please pray for the safety of the drivers and teams as these trucks traverse dangerous roads and reach their destinations safely. Thank you for partnering with us in meeting needs and sharing Christ to those devastated in Nepal. If you would like to donate to the Nepal Relief Project please click the blue donate button on the right.
With the posts and foundation poured, the 40’ x 60’ dining hall is well underway on the new Grace Bible College campus in central India. Work crews poured the posts despite a record breaking heat wave. The next step is the roof which will be a tin roof with two tiers designed for airflow. After the roof will come the pouring of the floor, a giant concrete slab. The building will have an indoor-outdoor feeling because it is designed to accommodate a number of activities, including being the main place the Bible college students will eat every day, dining center for conferences, classrooms, activities hall and training center with a media wall. Three of the walls will not reach to the ceiling, rather, be fortified with screens.
Adjacent to the dining hall will be the kitchen, a 30’ x 15’ building equipped with a stainless steel commercial kitchen. As the student body and outreach activities expand, we are preparing this vital building for maximum usage. However, to complete this building, this is the funding still needed: Would you please pray with me that the Lord will provide these funds soon?
Dining hall foundation, pillars $4,000 (PAID)
Roof – $6,700 (PAID)
Water tank, pump and piping: $1,256 (PAID)
Electricity $1,400 (PAID)
Pending projects for functioning This Semester (June 25, 2015)
Dining walls: $3,000
Dining hall floor: $3,500
Kitchen building: $4,500
Commercial kitchen equipment: $17,250
Dining Hall Furnishings: $1,750
Total: $30,000 Needed
To donate please click on blue donate button to the right, in the drop down menu please select GBC Phase 2: Dining Hall, thank you.
With the new Memorial Chapel having been completed in January 2015, and the first two shipping container dorms completed three months later, the need for Grace Bible College to have its own electric meter and poles was evident. So, on a hot day last month, with the main pole, lines and panel installed, those present that day stood outside and held their breath as the main switch was pulled to turn the power on. It worked perfectly and the campus was duly electrified!
All electricians deserve respect for their deft guidance of dangerous electric currents, and even more so, the Indian electricians who make handling 220 and 240 volts look easy. We’re grateful to them as well as those who were part of the planning and work that went into this important step for the campus. We’re also very grateful to our donors who have generously given of their prayers and finances so that this could come about – to God be the glory!
The next phase of the campus is underway with the building of the dining hall with the concrete footers having been put in and the roof going in by the end of June. Please pray with us for the remainder of the $50,000 needed for this phase to come in quickly. If you would like to donate to the dining hall project, please click the blue donate button to the right and in the drop down menu select GBC Phase 2: Dining Hall.
From May 11-22, Indigenous Ministries hosted an Israel Tour and Pilgrimage that was fun, informative, intense, spiritually encouraging and challenging. Led by IM’s CEO, Dr. John Cook and his wife, Dee, our group of 15 traveled to Nazareth, Cana, the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Jericho, the Dead Sea, Jerusalem and Bethlehem to name some of the historical sights. Amer, our fantastic local guide, shared historical information in easy to understand terms, while John shared numerous devotions connecting the physical sights to the Scriptures. Every day we walked 3-7 miles and saw numerous significant monument, valleys, churches and ancient ruins, or “dead stones.”
As important as the “dead” stones are to the geographical area, the people and connection to God’s Word, even more important are the “Living Stones,” or the current day Believers who live in Israel and love the Lord. We worshipped with a small church near Nazareth and shared a meal with them, spending precious moments together. Indigenous Ministries is engaged in a number of countries around the world with “Living Stones,” nationals we count it a privilege to engage in training and ministry together to nationals of their own country sharing the hope and good news of Jesus Christ.
The dates for next year’s tour have been set for May 1-12, 2016. If you’d like information on that tour or would like to reserve your spot, go the right side bar under 2016 Israel Tour and sign up for more information.