In addition to digging 5 wells in remote villages, we now have a land fund for the orphanage in India! Land is brutally expensive in India. It is what keeps the rich rich and the poor from ever obtaining land. It is $25,000 to $35,000 per quality acre. We want it to be self-sustaining, so good land is vital.
We have a van and are making monthly payments on it. This is a huge asset to our India ministry. It can be used to transport children, shop for supplies, and for ministry in other regions...as well as for basic safety in travel. We have increased our monthly support, so with the van they have had many outreaches and crusades in the tribal villages and there are reports of numerous salvations, praise God! The increase also goes towards more food for the kids and lepers, so they can get off the rice diet and have more nutritious proteins, fruits and vegetables. The poor tribal Pastors receive an offering during their monthly meetings. We also continue to support the sewing center and give aid to the widows.
We now care for another group of 25 people suffering from leprosy.They came to Pastor Matthew asking for help. They have never had support before and survive off meager rations they receive from begging. We are so excited to have the
opportunity to care for them and show them a tangible touch of the love of God.
A local Pastor, and one who has previously received one of our bikes was in a terrible accident. This almost resulted in the loss of his leg. We covered his medical expenses and cared for his family while he was in the hospital and recovering from his surgeries.
There is a YWAM base in India where our friend's daughter is attending. We have found out through her that the water at the base is dirty and some of the Indian students are so poor they can't afford bottled water and are getting sick. In the meantime, we are purchasing bottled water for these students as a short term solution. We are sending a water purifier and our India Pastor's son will travel there to install it. This will ensure safe clean water for the entire base for many years to come.
Answer the Call is also partnering with a Pastor in Nepal . We personally met him during the Keystone project. We have helped him with building projects for his church, as well as relief aide for his community and family. We sent a tent, sleeping bags and other vital necessities after the second earthquake. We were also able to give our Sherpa friend Nurbu financial aid for his friends and family affected by the avalanche and recent earthquakes.
There is a small orphanage in Thailand we are helping by providing basic needs for 7 children and an orphanage building project. One of the older girls at the orphanage wants to go to Bible College and we are going to sponsor her to attend.
Our dear friend and Evangelist contact in Pakistan had radical Muslims in their family ransack their house last year. Paul fled, and has been able to join his wife and 2 children in England. We continue to help them as they get on their feet and establish a new life in a new country.
We have been praying and waiting on the Lord for the direction on where to utilize donations. If you would like your gift to go towards something specific, let us know. We are just the conduit. We are the avenue to get your money to these critical needs. We use very little on administrative expenses (less than 1 percent) and try to operate so they get nearly all of every donation.