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It has been very busy a few months since we sent the last news update. In the UK, we have moved house; it's only four miles away so are still in the same area and two of our own children have started new schools. All that along with two trips to India has made for a complicated but productive last 4 months!
Sarah and I along with our youngest son Ethan aged 4 then, went to India, leaving Timothy and Isaac for the first time with their grandparents. It was great to meet our new addition to the Home of Hope family (the boy whose mum died at the railway station). He was very pleasant and was always smiling with us. It was a very special moment to meet him. We named him Chris and had a special dedication service for him on the Land. It was very cute as the other children all pronounce his name ‘Kiss’! It gives us enormous joy to see how much Chris came on and the others are doing so well. We do believe God has special plans for these precious children. Thank you so much for your prayers and encouraging messages and being behind us, we really need them to keep us going and to help us be able to continue to help the poor in India.
Recently a few of the younger ones ended up with high temperatures, and one child had a febrile convulsion. After some check-ups with the paediatrician and using some medicines they are doing well. The older ones are enjoying their school. There are always financial needs to keep things up and running– unexpected costs such as medical consultations and medications, and regular costs such as the second terms schools fees being due, new staff salaries, and so on.
I and a few others from our church went to India last month. We visited the HoH and then travelled on to the north for a leader’s conference. After the conference I went back to the Home of Hope whilst the others flew back to the UK.
One of our staff is getting married next month which is exciting for everyone; although it is a happy occasion for her and the beginning of a new season, we will miss her greatly, and especially how much she gave to the children for the last couple of years. We wish her all the best for her future. We have been able to appoint new staff who are settling in well already.
We have some exciting times ahead as we plan and develop the work to take things forward, we will update you as often as we can. Please do pray for the work in India.
Sundar and Sarah
The Home of Hope children continue to do well. The staff are secure in their roles and doing a great job. Two new ladies are on board and fitting in well. It was great to take everybody for an excursion when I was last there in March. We and took them to an adventure playground for a boat ride on the lake, to play in the water fountains, then to a traditional craft exhibition centre and finally to the airport to spot aeroplanes. A very busy but stimulating day for little people – they loved it! Since then, it has been the summer and very hot; the children who go to school start early in the morning and finish before lunch to rest. During the summer holidays we ran a holiday club for the children which they enjoyed – with games, colouring and learning songs and memory verses. These they sang over the phone to us back in England! They’ll be back at school in June.
We celebrated the ladies graduating from one of the sewing centres. It was a happy occasion and the newly graduated students were delighted with the sewing machines we gave them. It was a surprise that the ladies in the village provided a meal for us - the students had collected money together for it. We were touched by this act of kindness and appreciation; it was very moving to be served in this way by them – which doesn’t happen too often!
We continue to work closely with the government, for example, we recently provided emergency shelter for a young boy who was found on a train nearby without a ticket, all the way from North India! He was a troubled child who tried to run away from us and we had to invest a lot of time to help calm him down, counsel him and try and find out about his background. He’s now been taken by the authorities to try to reunite him with his own family.
We continue to work towards purchasing a bus – for the HoH family and to transport villagers to events/services on the land. There is quite a bit of investment needed and to develop agricultural projects – fencing, digging bore wells etc. We still hope to install a playpark for the local community.
Sundar and Sarah Pinninty Co-founders, FLM International