India trips

Bethania Kids was priveleged to have 3 groups of recent travelers to India who visited many of our sites. The group in November went from Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Minnesota. They visited many places including the Taj Mahal, as well as several of our mission sites. Our board president, Kate Teece, her husband Scott and sister Emily were among the travelers. Kate was able to interact with some members of the Board of Trustees, India, for coordination purposes. Many of the travelers had wonderful things to say about our children, staff, and the country as a whole. Some of their observations will appear in the upcoming Spring Issue of our newsletter, “Seeds on the Wind”. Check it out!

Women’s Health Conference

In February, 2020, U.S. physicians Dr. Kristin DeHaven and Chris Meinzen, and Canadian physician, Dr. Ernest Hahn, traveled to India to conduct a Women’s Health Care Conference with the staff ladies of Bethania Kids. This was to teach them about women’s health and hygiene and how to help the girls in their care. The information was very well received and useful to the staff. We hope to do more training such as this in the future.

Shalom Home Update

The retaining wall for the new Shalom Home for Girls in Batlagundu is complete! The fund for beginning construction on the building is getting very close. Walls are built at the compounds first so as to deter wanderers and wild animals from getting in. The home the girls are in currently is a rental and not sufficient to house the number of residents. One more step in realizing the dream!

Leadership Transition

We are pleased to welcome Kate Hennig Teece as the new President of Bethania Kids, approved by the Board of Directors at the board meeting in November 2018. Kate is the daughter of Kristie and Gene Hennig and grand-daughter of Polly and Al Hennig, co-founders of Bethania Kids. As a child, Kate folded and stuffed newsletters for Bethania Kids mailings. In high school, while spending a semester studying at Kodaikanal International School, she interacted with Bethania Kids children at Shalom Home and at our Care Centers. Kate has served for the last 13 years in various roles and has been a member of the Board for the last 5 years.

 

 

 

 

Larry Zimmerman will remain on the Board of Directors as Chairman.  As Chairman, he will continue to work on the new Shalom Home project, completion of the Comprehensive Campaign, provide assistance with development and grants, and serve as a liaison between the Bethania Foundation, India Board of Trustees and the North America Board of Directors. The members of the Board of Directors extend their immense thanks to Larry for his very successful and productive leadership over the past 3 years and for his continuing service to Bethania Kids.

Meet, Eat and Donate!

Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, MN recently held an Indian dinner to raise funds for Bethania Kids and discuss a possible trip to India. Church congregation members cooked the various items for the dinner using Indian recipes. Dr. Kate Teece, one of our board members, showed a 15 minute video and talked about Bethania Kids and our homes, care centers and programming. Your church could do this as well! Contact us and maybe a board member, major donor of staff member can help you get started. It may be that one of them could come and help with a presentation.

From the Rockies to Rajahmundry

One of our donors (now a board member),  Mark Lee, from Estes Park, CO,  visited Angel Home in Rajahmundry and visited with alumni of Angel Home in Hyderabad in Feb. 2018.  Mark was visiting India on business and took a side trip to meet some of our kids in person. He got quite the welcome at Angel Home and was thrilled to be there.

Bethania Foundation Accredited

Winchester, VA – The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) announced today the accreditation of Bethania Foundation of Winchester, VA.

ECFA accreditation is based on the ECFA Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship™, including financial accountability, transparency, sound board governance and ethical fund-raising. Continue reading