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We were greeted at Bethel Boys Home with fanfare.
The boys welcomed us by playing a song on their instruments.
We then spent the afternoon singing songs, doing crafts, and playing fun, high energy games with them. What a treat, at both the Bethel and Shalom homes, to see kids just being kids… smiling…laughing…singing…dancing.
There’s joy in abundance!
New Year’s Eve in India
The More of Jesus mission team is already making deep relationships with our Indian friends. In the spirit of “Auld Lang Syne,” they are making friends who will not be forgotten.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And auld lang syne
For auld lang syne, my dear
For auld lang syne
We’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet
For auld lang syne
Check out these pictures from New Year’s Eve in Kodiakanal and the celebration at the Bethania Kids Shalom Girls Home.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
1 Peter 1:3
Editor’s Note: On December 28, 2014 Dia De Haan and a mission team of four people left on a trip to Kodaikanal. They will spend their time one-on-one with the children at both the Bethel and Shalom Children’s Homes as well as the Bethania Rehabilitation Center. Please keep Dia and the team in our prayers. They return to the United States on January 9, 2015. In the meantime, keep up to date with their adventures via the Bethania blog!
We Made It to India: Weary, Yet Rested
15 hour flight to DoHa airport
4 hour flight to Chennai India
1 broken flight to Madurai
4 hour bus ride to Kodaikanal.
35 smiling, joyful girls from Shalom home. . .
We made it to India. We are extremely jet lagged but the beauty of India is helping us to be rested.
There is also an overwhelming beauty at the Bethania homes of Shalom and Bethel. The children are truly aware of the presence of Christ.
Their lives are for Christ and they let you know that. They let you know of all of the blessing our Heavenly Father has bestowed upon them.
The staff of Bethania Kids is overwhelmed with thanksgiving as we share our new video ‘You Are My Treasure, O Jesus.’ With reverence and sincere faith, we offer this special Thanksgiving liturgy for you to share with your families.
As we enter into this short program together, let us thank our most gracious God for all of His manifold blessings to us!
-Your friends at Bethania Kids
This Thanksgiving, as Christians who have been called to care for the
poor through the ministries of Bethania Kids, let’s join together to
participate in a special Thanksgiving Liturgy.
Scripture Reading: Psalm 103:1-5
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits—
who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the Pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good as long as you live,
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Let’s take a trip to India, by watching a short video,
You Are My Treasure, O Jesus!
We thank you, Lord, for bringing our family members together. Please bless all
those members of our family who are not with us today.
We are truly thankful for the abundant life we have,
especially knowing the eternal and redeeming love of our Savior, Jesus.
We pray for all children who are hungry and in need of basic care.
Bless the Bethania children, supporters, staff and children,
and lead us into an ever deepening experience of your love.
Knit us together as a team and bless our efforts to bring children to Christ.
Thank you for the privilege to be involved in your great, creative
and redeeming work in the world.
Be with our family as we celebrate Thanksgiving!
Dear Jesus, we praise you and we bless you.
We worship and adore you, our precious Lord and Savior.
Have you taken a look at Bethania’s gift catalog? What an awesome opportunity to give to others at a time when we are reminded of the blessings in our lives – family near, good food on our tables, gifts under the tree, and a God who gave Himself to restore a relationship with us. During this season especially, I am overwhelmed by God’s goodness in my life and am all the more eager to use the resources He’s given me to be an extension of His love to those in need.
Religion. It’s me and God, right? Go to church, read the Bible, say a prayer, give some money – is that Christianity?
Maybe I truly and sincerely invest in each of these endeavors. Church is not an obligation, but a welcome opportunity to worship God with fellow believers. I read Scripture with a heart and mind seeking to hear God’s voice through the pages of His word. My prayers are heartfelt and expect, in faith, to be answered. Giving financially is a joyful response of gratitude to all that God has given me. Is this Christianity? Is this true religion? Read more…
“You won’t forget me?”
How could I respond to that question?! After a few short days with the amazing children at Kannivadi, I felt like these kids were truly my Indian brothers and sisters. They wanted to know if I’d be able to see their Christmas program. Sadly, I had to answer with a “no.” I’d be back in America by Christmas, and I didn’t know when I’d be back in India or visiting them at Bethania. They wanted to know if I’d forget them. Read more…
Last Friday I walked across a stage and received my college diploma. In some ways, I see this as a major accomplishment. That degree represents many hours of sitting in lectures, reading textbooks, preparing and giving speeches, writing papers, studying for exams, researching topics, and participating in group discussions and projects. It represents courage to do things I thought were too hard for me, perseverance when I didn’t feel like studying anymore, and faithful encouragement from my friends and family. Yes, I do believe the diploma I now have represents a big accomplishment. Read more…
On each of my three visits to the Kannivadi Bethania Home, I was given a narrated tour of what I began to think of as the Bethania Hall of Fame. In reality, it was a small office with cement floors and a single computer, where I presumed that the daily business for running the home took place. For the kids, however, that room might as well have been carpeted in lush, deep red and illuminated with soft lights shining on the walls.
It was for the purpose of seeing these walls that I was pulled into that small office at some point in each of my visits. Three of the four walls contained neat rows of letter-sized sheets of paper. On two walls, each paper contained the picture of one of the children currently living at Kannivadi, along with his or her basic information – name, birthday, hometown, interests, and future goals. The kids showed me each of these simple profiles, blushing when we’d come to their own. There was a lot of running around the room as they showed me sibling connections and I tried to keep it all straight. Read more…
I awoke with a smile; it was time to look for peacocks. Leaving my straw mat, I pulled on my sandals and hurried down the cement stairs. I was surprised to be the first one to the playground. I had expected that these spunky kids would have an easier time waking up at 6 am than I did. I suppose everyone – no matter what age or ethnicity – yearns to sleep in on a Saturday morning. But before long, a few kids were pulling themselves out of bed as well, excited to be my guide in this search for peacocks.
“Good morning, sister! How was your sleep?” Read more…