Thanks to the generous donations of our IM donors and quick action of our construction team, the campus is now completely enclosed by a fence, pictured on the right, and five new solar lights have been installed. We’re very grateful to the Lord and to each one who responded. As a result, this has brought a much higher level of security to the students, children and staff. The new school year begins in July. Pray for the staff as they prepare for the students.
With Grace Bible College’s new school year starting in July, the need to complete the library building is pressing. The funds needed to complete the building with paint, roof, fans, lights and student desks:
In March, we asked for $22,000 for the building and the costs to ship the books from California over to India. We received some funds to cover shipment and some of the building costs, and have added in the costs of the desks to this amount. We don’t want to confuse you! (Note: this amount does not include the library shelves)
Gloria, left, (Principal Pramod and Grace’s daughter) and Dee model the desks that have been selected for the students. They are comfortable, (yet not so comfy as to induce an ill-timed snooze) yet sturdy, and we felt the desk part gives plenty of space for books and note taking…and there’s a nice shelf beneath for books.
Let’s help get these students ready for the new 2017-2018 school year, which begins the first week of July, by getting the building completed and desks purchased! Please donate towards this need in the click the “Donate” button and choose “GBC Building Fund” in the drop down menu.
One desk = $30
That’s 10 people @ $1000, 15 giving $500, 20 @ $250, 20 @ $60 and 50 @$30
Where can you help? Every little bit really helps; thank you!
In February we had the privilege of being with these kids in our Children’s Home. Our US team we brought with us (see March The Liaison) loved the warm welcome ceremony filled with joyful dances, songs, memory verse recitation and prayers.
A few days later, as the evening breezes gently blew over the campus, we walked into the dining hall where all the children sat quietly waiting for us. Over the next three days we helped them make a colorful memory verse craft for themselves. Then they colored beautiful Easter drawings. We all enjoyed this time very much!
You may have heard that the Indian Government is shutting down Christian NGOs in India. This is keeping many organizations like our Children’s Home from receiving outside funding. Many large groups like Compassion International have been barred from further effective work.
We have been working tirelessly to keep this from happening; we should have a final answer from the government by June. Please pray for this urgent need.
The faces of the children who have been helped over almost two decades come to mind, as they have grown up and some have their own children. God has blessed the hard work of both our Indian staff led by Rev. Himmat and Mercy Mohod, and the US staff. The sacrificial gifts of sponsorships from so many here in the US through the years have empowered the ministry and we give the Lord the glory for it all.
If you are a sponsor, Sarah Rieger will continue to keep you updated. Please contact our office with any questions.
We were delighted to be invited to attend the Graduation and Awards Ceremony at Promise Land Christian School at Payatas, Quezon City. Two of our sponsored kindergarten students graduated with top honors.
In addition, the first top 10 ranking in their individual grades from Kindergarten 1 to Grade IV were our sponsored students. Of the total 50 sponsored students, 21 of them finished strong, meaning that 40% of our students are high scholastic achievers!!
This tells us that parents who scavenger in a dumpsite and their children can’t and shouldn’t be defined by their circumstances. They just need to be afforded opportunities for better education and mentoring to make wise choices. And definitely there is such gratitude and joy written all over the faces of both students and their parents as they experience God’s daily faithfulness and provision to each and every need. God took all the praise and worship!!! – Resty & Mel Enguerra. Read their entire newsletter on IM’s website under “about us/our team/meet our team/the Enguerras.
Eight weeks after sailing from San Francisco on February 7, the library books have arrived on campus! We praise God for this victory a very special and hard won step forward.
Thank you for your prayers; the in-clearing in India went well, and there were no hiccups at all – amazing!
Once the library room has been painted and furnished, the books will slowly make their way upstairs, but for now they are being carefully stored in a new classroom.
Thank you for celebrating this significant victory of getting this library ready for the students to use soon! Dr. Tantarpale expresses to each of you his deepest appreciation for the donations, and efforts given in order that this library would be brought to the students. We will continue to keep you updated on the library progress.
Thank you to so many of our Indigenous Ministries Friends who responded to this urgent need! Last month we shared of a need for $6,000 to secure the property against several leopards and a tigress and her cubs seen right next to the campus in India. Five more solar lights are up now and a fence will be going up soon. The lights are already helping to keep the big cats away.
In the ongoing efforts to bring a level of security to our children and students in India, from the leopard and tiger that has been sighted on the campus, and has taken dogs. We have launched what we are calling the Tiger Fencing Project. This is being done in two phases, the first is to get lights on the campus. They are solar powered and I am happy to share with you that tonight, there are lights on the campus and the dark spaces have been pushed back. In an effort to meet this need, we purchased 5 solar street lights and we want to thank those who have already begun in this endeavor.
We have seen over $1,400 come in for the second phase and this is for the fencing project that will enclose the entire campus with a chainlink fence. Please continue to pray that this project will be completed very soon. God Bless you as you have prayed and partnered with us in this ministry.
On February 26th, 20 young people were graduated from Grace Bible College in front of many friends, family and local churches and ministries who have, through the years, shown their support for GBC and the students. Ten graduates received a one-year Certificate of Theology, a foundation for a future in trades, business, nursing and teaching. Ten received their Bachelor of Theology, a three-year degree, which has prepared them for ministry among their own people. Please pray for these graduates and for their next steps in school and ministry.
In the last three years the GBC two-acre campus has undergone dramatic new changes morphing from three small trees to a campus teeming with life using new dorms, a chapel, dining hall, and recently, the newly completed library and classroom building.
This campus has enabled us to expand the number of students and increase the quality of their educational experience. The graduates expressed not only how grateful and excited they were to receive their diplomas, but each one also said they would greatly miss the fellowship and especially, the beauty and feeling of home they feel on the campus.
We praise God for this milestone and also want to express special thanks to our generous donors who sponsor these students. It is through your faithful prayers and financial sponsorships that lives are being trained and changed. Thank you!