The road surely was not straight and paved. Like many roads in India, the one we traveled to build the Angel Home was bumpy and full of obstacles. But the end of the road is in sight! On April 18th, our Chairman of the U.S. Board, our India CEO, a handful of supporters from the U.S., many of our India staff, and just over 40 young boys will gather together for the much anticipated dedication of the Angel Home.
The Bethania-owned children’s home has been in the works for a number of years. Its beginnings date back to the year 2007 when the cornerstone was laid by one of our U.S. Board of Directors. The obstacles standing in the way were many, and ranged from meeting all the legal requirements, designing the building, to funding the project. However, with enough patience and trust in God, we are now just weeks away from providing the boys with their very own home.
Shortly after the dedication, the boys will pack up their belongings and head down the road to their permanent residence in the little town of Narendrapuram, right outside of Rajahmundry. They should be all moved-in and settled in their new residence by the end of this May. The home where the boys currently reside offers little room for them to play games and do all the adventurous activities that every boy between the ages of 6 and 16 loves to do.
Currently, the boys sleep on mats which they lay out on the floor every night because there is not enough room in the building for beds. They also sit on the floor of their room to eat all their meals. In the new Angel Home, there will be nine boys in each room, with each of them sleeping in their very own bed! Also, eating in their sleeping quarters will be a thing of the past because right beside their dormitories is a spacious and welcoming dining hall.
The construction of the Angel Home could not have been accomplished without the help of all our Bethania supporters. When it was first discussed, the Board knew it would require great faith to complete. You, our partners, have made the Angel Home a reality. Thank you for generously helping us build this home.