Summer 2019 Update: Compassion for Orphans

Dear Friends and prayer partners,

Greetings in the wonderful name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I often remember the times I’ve spent with many of you in Pennsylvania and New York. What a beautiful country you have. 

Our summers in India are hot and this year has been more severe than last. It is 122 degrees right now. The ground is parched. Here each house needs to have their own deep well for water. It might be for household purposes or for agriculture because we cannot rely on the rain. Five years ago people were able to drill a deep well at 100 to 200 feet into the ground, but now even if we drill from 500 to 700 feet, we are not getting enough water. This year our ground water completely dried out so we are hiring a water tanker to bring water for us every day for our daily needs. These include cooking, drinking, washing, and watering the cattle. We were not able to grow a rice crop this year due to lack of water. so, we must buy rice, straw for the cattle, water, vegetables and such.

On a happy note, after high school I asked my son David if he wanted to study a regular college course or if he was interested in serving the Lord. I asked him to take some time and pray and let me know his decision. He came to me after a few days of prayer and said he wanted to serve the Lord. I shared David’s interest with some of our sponsors who out of their big hearts donated money for David’s studies at a wonderful Bible School. They helped him for all of his three years. On March 15, 2019, David graduated with a Bachelor of Theology degree. He scored good marks in all the subjects. What a joy to see him in his graduation clothes with his certificate.

My ministry journey started when my children were 4 and 5 years. When I was abused by my husband, I didn’t know what to do or where to go.  I was helpless and considered taking my life but the Lord in his mercy stopped me and gave me strength to stand for Him. He moved my heart to take care of the abandoned children I saw all around me who were left helpless. I started taking these children into my home and raised them with my children. My son was grateful that at least he had me as his mother whereas many children did not have parents. This touched his life.  Today as I look back at the years, I have to say the Lord has never left me alone and has guided each step. He connected me to you all as a spiritual family, gave me brothers, sisters, Moms and Dads in Christ. My heart is filled with praise and joy for Him.

Today David supports me in the ministry. We conduct Sunday school classes in slums, and carry out GOSPEL meetings, VBS and worship services in the Tribal areas. We also counsel the teenage children in our mission home and encourage them. I thank you all for your earnest prayers and financial support for our family and ministry.

As the summer is ending, all the schools in India have started their academic year. The price for books is rising sky high and children need eight books per subject. Thus far, we have provided all the books needed and new bags as well. 

It has now been 5 years since the Modi government has come into power. In that time many Christians have been persecuted and many churches have been burned down. In the month of April, we had elections all over India.  We prayed for the Lord’s will to be done.  Prime Minister Modi was elected for a second five-year term.  Please pray that the Lord will strengthen us and use us according to His will. And please pray for our fellow believers in India and for the Hindu Government that they will not stop us from doing missionary work.

We love this verse from Proverbs 19:17, “He who has pity on the poor, lends to the Lord. And the Lord will pay back what he has given.” In view of that, thank you for your monthly support for our ministry. It helps children not only to get physical food but also brings them to the knowledge of Christ.

Here are some of our current needs: 

  • • Support to drill a deeper well.
  • • School uniforms, stationery, shoes, books, pencils, 
  • • A special welcome back chicken dinner for the children.

To help with these needs, you can send a special gift to Hope Builders International and put Compassion for Orphans on the memo line. The address is Hope Builders International, P O box 91359, Austin, TX 78709. To give online. you can go to their website at www.hope-builders.org and make a contribution there. 

With love for you, and in HIS ministry,

-Sheba Sunayana

CHILD SPONSORSHIP GIVES HOPE AND PRACTICAL HELP

Native Missionary Movement: Update from the Chidren’s Home & School in Navapur

Dear NMM Friends,

Many communities in Northern India have toiled hard for generations simply to survive. Some men and women haven’t had the privilege of pursuing an education themselves, and they are helpless to give one to their children.

But God loves these children deeply, and He is working in part through NMM children’s homes to give them a chance for a better future.

NMM child sponsorship gives more than 1,000 needy children a daily meal and regular medical checkups for their physical health and development. The program also helps the children with their education so they can one day get a good job and afford enough food, decent clothing, medical supplies, and other necessities of life for themselves and their families. Beyond this, these homes provide the children with opportunities to pursue and even excel in their God- given skills and interests.

You can make an incredible difference in the lives of children and their       Sponsor a child families through NMM children’s homes.  When you sponsor a child, you for $25 a month. bring hope and encouragement to a family and help break the cycle of poverty. Your support gives a child and his family a far brighter future.

Through our children’s homes, God is enabling these children to become all they possibly can be so they can be a blessing in the future to many others throughout Northern India. Millions of children in India live life never knowing the hope that awaits them in Christ. However, through NMM children’s homes, they get to learn for the first time what it’s like to have new life and be embraced by their Heavenly Father.

Thank you for your financial support and prayers that allow many to experience incredible love!

Joy Punnoose NMM President

Our Annual Day Celebration was such a joyful occasion. All the children could display their talents on stage.

The past academic year was a wonderful experience for everyone at Navapur’s Home of Hope & School. We thank God for all the staff, teachers, and volunteers who worked hard and loved the kids. Without this team, we would not be able to achieve our goal of giving Jesus to the little ones before they leave Home of Hope.

Teaching Team at Home of Hope
Our hearts are filled with gratitude to God for His marvelous works here this past year!
Graduating Class of 2019

Guda is a village in Alirajpur District of Madhya Pradesh. It has a population of around 4,000 people with a very poor literacy rate of 5%. Pr Edubhai Chouhan, who ministers in this village, was blind from birth. His parents took him to many places hoping to cure his blindness, but all was in vain. Deperate about these failed attempts, Edubhai decided to commit suicide; but that failed too.

Hearing of Edubhai’s plight, a pastor visited him, shared the Gospel, and prayed for him. Miraculously, Edubhai was healed and saw the light of this world for the first time! Submitting to Christ, he began spreading Good News in his village. Suddenly, Edubhai found himself in the midst of trouble and rejection. His kith and kin became his enemies, forcing him and his family to leave their home. They took shelter under a tree for eight months before moving into a small hut Edubhai made himself.

Pr Edubhai (man on the left of this photo)

The villagers forbade them drinking water for becoming followers of Christ. So they had to travel to ten different locations to collect water for their daily use. But NMM’s drilling of a tube well by Edubhai’s hut was God’s boon to this family. It not only serves Edubhai and his family—but the villagers too! Edubhai has been truly reflecting Christ in the midst of rejection by society.

Musa’s Great Adventure

Opening the door of God’s Kingdom to the Mankidias of India

When Pastor D. B. Hrudaya of Orissa, India, first heard of the Mankidia people group, they were among the most nomadic and illiterate peoples of northern India. They were known as “monkey hunters” and forest dwellers. There were no believers in Christ among them. They worshiped evil forest spirits. Their culture was rampant with oppression and hopelessness. They could boast of no high school graduates, medical knowledge or social graces.

Two such examples were Arun Mankidia and his wife Salomi. They lived in a primitive hut made of branches in the remote Dengam jungle. They suffered with severe depression due to the influence of the evil spirits that they worshipped. They had to walk 25 miles through the jungle to sell the hand made rope that they wove from the forest vines at the nearest market. They were without God and without hope in the world.

Into this picture, stepped a man named Musu Marandi. He is one of Pastor Hrudaya’s field staff. Hrudaya and his team had been praying for an opening among the Mankidia people for over 10 years but with no breakthrough. They had reached the point where some of Hrudaya’s workers had learned the Mankidia language. With some outside support, the ministry was able to send Musu into the jungle areas where they lived. Finally, on one of the weekly market days, Arun met Musu in the market. After a lengthy conversation where Musu shared the good news of Christ with him, Arun decided he wanted to know more about the wonderful person of Jesus.

Arun went home and shared what he had learned with Salomi. She had just miscarried a baby for the third time. The hopelessness of her married life was at its greatest height. But on that wonderful day she received new hope. The news of forgiveness and a new life in Christ was a revelation to her. God had begun His good work in her and Arun’s hearts.
Arun and Salomi visited Musu at his home. He fully explained the plan of salvation to them in their language. On that day, Musu led them to Jesus Christ. Their lives were forever changed. They immediately began sharing the news of Jesus with other Mankidias. A new work was born!

Not long thereafter, both Arun and Salomi came to Pastor Hrudaya’s training center in Balasore, Orissa, for Biblical training and church planting training. In 2014, they graduated and went back to work among their own communities. Starting in their own village and reaching out from there, they now have spread the Gospel into 13 villages. So far, about 2000 Mankidias have come to Christ. Today, they have developed a small outreach team focusing on reaching the remaining Mankidias for Christ.

Though funding has been very limited for this wonderful project, much has been done to raise the living conditions of the Mankidias. Efficient farming techniques have been introduced, land for growing crops has been provided to them, medical clinics have been held and literacy centers have been established. The first Christian Mankidia marriages have been celebrated. The Mankidia project, initiated in 2014 in order to introduce the Mankidias to the God who made them, loves them and died for them, has developed them in every way. The included pictures bear testimony to that reality.
But this is still just the beginning. With the provision of strategic funding, the project can touch many more lives.

Here is what is needed to bring the Mankidia work into fuller effectiveness:

1. The provision of regular support for 5 workers at $100 per month
2. Funding for four Medical Camps at $800 per camp
3. The establishment of literacy centers among the not yet reached villages of the Mankidias. These cost about $300 to set up and $150 a month to maintain.
4. One motorbike at $1000 for a regional worker to travel among the villages.
5. Establishment of a Mankidia Goat project. This effective project works as follows: A family is given 3 goats at a cost of $50. The family cares for the goats for two years in which time their small herd normally grows to 10. After that, the additional goats can be sold in the market. Past project experience shows this will provide an annual income of over $600 to the family. Pastor Hrudaya wants to start this project with 60 Mankidia families so is seeking $3000 to get it launched.

Will you help us provide new support for this fruitful work among the Mankidia people? There are many Arun’s and Salomi’s out there who will become wonderful ambassadors of the love of Christ to their fellow Mankidias.

With deep thanks,
Lance Thollander for HBI, Pastor Hrudaya and the Mankidia people

Latest News from Compassion for Orphans: The Hopeful Story of Nikitha

This report arrived in our office this week from Sheba Sunayana, our ministry partner in central India. We hope you will be encouraged by the story of Nikitha, a student in her care.

“Nikitha joined our home at the age of 8 along with her sister. When I first saw Nikitha, shown right, her eyes were full of tears and fear. Her father had brought the sisters to our children’s home. He told us that the girls’ mother had died a few months earlier. He said that Nikitha was very stubborn and rude. She hated everyone and would never listen to anyone. As a result, everyone hated her. I realized I had to pay special attention to her and started to spend extra time with her. After a while, Nikitha began to trust me. One day she broke into tears telling me that her mom had set herself on fire because her father had abused her for not giving birth to a boy. I cried with her and prayed for her. I told her that God loved her. She started to put her faith in Jesus and soon accepted Him as her Savior. Since then she has completely changed and has become a powerful witness for Christ. God has blessed her in her studies and she is now starting college. We are sponsoring her for her college tuition. She shares God’s love with her friends and is a star shining for Christ.

Seeing lives changed like this makes me so happy and encouraged to do more work for the Lord. Watching the children learn and grow in faith is a great blessing. Our challenging reality is that the more evangelical work that goes on in India, the more persecution and trouble we face. For example, our neighbors and the local people hate us because we are Christians. They say bad words when we go by their property on the way to the orphanage. We have been facing this for a long time and we are praying that someday the Lord will change their minds. Will you join us in that prayer?

On Mother’s Day I received special greetings and well wishes from the girls in our charge. One of the girls told me that since she didn’t have a mother any more, I would be her mother. Such words remind me of my responsibility, not only to educate them but to provide a loving environment for them. In some cases, I am not only mother but also father, sister and friend, too. Sometimes I feel scared with that responsibility so I ask the Lord to give me more strength to do his work, to be able to care for all the big and small needs these children have.

Compassion for Orphans could not be run without your prayers and financial support. Your support helps children like Nikitha have the hope of a fulfilling life and in Christ one that will last forever.

We greatly appreciate your continued support. To cover all our monthly financial needs takes about $4000 which is an ongoing challenge for us. Please remember us in your prayers that the Lord will continue to help us go forward.

On a personal note, my son David Livingstone has finished his 1ST Year in Bible College and ranked at the top of his class. My daughter, Florence, graduated from high school and excelled. Now we are looking for sponsors to help her meet her college tuition. My mother is doing very well. The Lord has done great wonders in her life. She is completely cured of cancer. Thank you all for praying for her. My brother’s family has also been taking part in ministering with the children. This has been a great help, as well. Special gifts for CFO can be sent to Hope Builders at PO Box 91359, Austin, TX 78709 or given online at www.hope-builders.org.

With deep love for you,
Sheba Sunayana

MANKIDIA PROGRESS REPORT

Dear Friends,
The Mankidia tribals of eastern India are being reached for Christ! Step by step D.B.
Hrudaya and his co-workers at Orissa Follow Up are seeing steady progress as they
serve this people group with both the Good News of Christ and holistic means of
earning income, becoming educated and improving their quality of life. Here’s the latest
news.

rice from MankidiasThe rice harvest is over. This year 5800 pounds of rice was harvested. Six acres of new
farmland has been rented for the next year to increase the production. This is very
exciting.

mankidia pre schoolOFU’s Women’s Impact Network conducted Bible studies among the Mankidia ladies. It is encouraging to see how gladly the women participated. The Pre-school center is going on well. The number of children is growing steadily.

mankidia well with HrudayaLast year 3 medical camps were held and 600 patients were treated and given medicine.
This year another 3 medical camps are planned for the Mankidias. The patients are
increasing and medicine is expensive so please pray with us for God’s provision.

One well is completed. Hopefully a second one will be completed by February, 2017. More
wells are required for remote villages. This is an urgent and special need for the Mankidias.

Here are some opportunities to help grow this work:

Two water buffaloes are needed by the community. The believers are contributing 50%
of the cost and OFU wants to help with the rest. Cost: $230.
Educational materials and uniforms are needed at a cost of $7 per child or $280 for the
whole group of 40 being served.
Three Medical Camps will cost $800 each or a total of $2400.
Five wells are needed at a cost of $1540 each.
Support for seven workers serving among the Mankidias comes to $5200.

Gifts for the Mankidia project can be given online at www.hope-builders.org or sent to
Hope Builders International, PO Box 91359, Austin, TX 78709.

Better than an Olympic Gold Medal: Water!

Dear Friends,

For many years now we have followed the progress of Sheba Sunayana in India. Starting with just a few orphans in her home, today Sheba has a four-acre property where she cares for and educates over 100 children. Here is a report we received this week where Sheba shares some great news with us.

Lance & Christie Thollander

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Dear Partners,

water-coming-at-shebasGreetings in the precious name of our Lord Jesus. We are rejoicing to tell you some good news. As we have shared in the past we have had great difficulty in drilling a well on our property. Lately with the drought here, it was a struggle for us to even get a glass of water to quench our thirst. Everywhere the grass was dry. Plus, our cows needed water and couldn’t get enough. We were afraid we might lose them. We hardly had water for our daily needs. We hired a person to bring us water every day but he was never on time. Our neighbors also said they could only get a bucket of water in 6 hours from the ground. The only way to get water was to try and drill a deeper well.

In all circumstances we can say with assurance that God is Good. He has taught us to pray and depend on Him in every situation. Thanks once again to the generosity of a Hope Builders donor we received the funds to try and drill a deeper well. We were scared, wondering if we would be able to find water. For us it was test of faith. All the local people, most of whom are not believers in Jesus, came out to see if we would get water this time. After drilling 500ft to 800ft into the ground water started to come. We were thrilled! We felt like we were winning the Olympic gold medal. In some places people even have had to drill 1200ft for water. Our neighbors said they drilled 3 wells and they did not get water at all. They also said because you are Christians your God has helped you. Some times when we face problems and difficulties in our life we often get discouraged and disheartened. But when we are in God’s plan he uses every difficult situation for His glory and proves how faithful He is.

Worker Faces Cobra, Calls on Jesus

sheba-son-at-bbcOn August 14 we celebrated the five-year anniversary of getting our land and starting to develop the Compassion for Orphans facility. We remembered many precious movements that we have experienced. We thanked God for so many things like keeping us safe from snakes and scorpions.

For example, one of our workers named Muttiah went into the farm land early one morning to turn on the water pump. Under the pump was a young cobra raising his head and staring at him. There were just a couple of feet between them. Muttiah could not move or shout as the snake would bite him. He started to pray to all his Hindu gods. Every time he prayed he opened his eyes to see if the snake was gone but it was there every time. He finally realized he was going to die and thought that he should pray to Jesus. When he opened his eyes he could see the snake going away from him. He came running to us calling out that Jesus is God. Then and there he accepted Jesus as his Savior.

I would like to share some family news with you. I have whole heartedly given my family to the Lord for his purposes. This has been hard in some cases but when you give something precious and valuable to God you get the joy which is unspeakable. This happened to me when David my son decided to do God’s service and take the good news of Jesus to this Hindu country rather than go for a secular job. By faith we have entered David at an excellent Bible College here in Hyderabad. It is a 4-year Bachelor of Theology course. He will need your prayers. It is not easy to be a pastor in India. Many are being beaten and persecuted for Christ. So please remember him. If you have a desire to sponsor him for his school fees you can send a donation to Hope Builders on his behalf.

kids-at-shebasLastly, since the first day Compassion for Orphans started my mom has been a wonderful support to us both in prayer and finances. Overall, for 15 years she has been in the ministry with me. In May she was diagnosed with stage one breast cancer. Please pray for her. We are waiting for the government support to give her the medical treatments that she needs but that is not enough to cover everything. If anyone wants to help with her medicine cost, we would appreciate that. Though she is ill, she is still coming and spending a couple of hours with the children in the orphanage. They do not know that Aunty, as they call her, has cancer. They only know she is sick and they are praying for Aunty to get well soon

Please continue to support our ministry. To fully operate the ministry as we would like to do, costs $4000 a month to take care of the children and pay salaries and bills. I once again thank you all for your precious prayers and donations. We love you and pray for you.

In His ministry and for the Children,
Sheba Sunayana