Greetings on behalf of all here in Tenali,
Andhra Pradesh, India.
God is good and worthy to be praised.
We are overjoyed and blessed by the fact
that we may cooperate with two fantastic
people here in Tenali. Ps. A. and his wife Ps V.
plus a fantastic team of volunteers.
Without these two wonderful and Godly
people and the team of volunteers, all with a
big heart for children in need, the food program
for the children in the slums would not be possible.
And neither would be the vocational training program
for teen girls, widows and installing clean water
pumps whenever we can.
In special now, when the situation caused by COVID
in India makes it even more difficult for the people
and specifically the children in the slums to survive,
our help is more important than ever.
The food program prevents that young children have
to beg and scavenge for food in dustbins or whatever they
find on the streets and it prevents young girls from being
The vocational (sewing) training is aimed at teen girls,
young widows and mothers that are abandoned by their
With this vocational training we offer them the opportunity
to learn and trade so they can foresee in the cost of living
for themselves and their children.
Installing clean water pumps means clean drinking and cooking
water, which has a great impact on overall health here.
But looking at the large and ever growing population that
have to live here, a lot is needed.
*We would like to feed more children
*We would like to give more women a change in the vocational training
*We would like to install more clean water pumps
Please pray with us that the Lord may open His Store House
and that He will provide us with the funding needed.
And if led to support our Ministry here, any donation towards
our ABN AMRO bank account or via the PayPal button on our
website is more than welcome.
May the Lord bless you all,
Rev. Dr. Jan
It has been quite a while since we published a blog.
Several reasons were due to this:
Working here is
difficult and not without risk, sometimes making it
necessary to publish less.
Next to that, we have seen that blogs and publications
on Facebook among other activities did not bring the
results we hoped and prayed for.
All this did not mean that the work as a whole was halted
but it sure slowed it down.
For us, more reason to pray things over and to see how the Lord
was leading us in what we do and could do further.
The situation in the world at time is such that the need in
the two projects, Tenali and Bhimavaram, is undiminished.
This, for us, is reason to reach out to those in need even
harder and to share the things we have on our hearts and are
so seriously needed with you.
Continue reading “Huge Update – India”
Greetings and blessings from all of us.
We already are in the month of June and as many of you have read in our
news flashes, lots of things are happening in our Baan Zion Ministry.
Our in-living girls are doing well and being here I cannot say anything else
than they, together with our staff, function as a close knitted Christian family.
As they grow up, it gets more and more evident how great the blessing of
Baan Zion has been and is in their overall development and growth in
the Lord. They are the future change makers.
But there is more. As you know we have started our “One village at the time” project with the aim to help and change the lives of girls in the villages of whom the mother is in prison.
Continue reading “Baan Zion – One Village at a Time Update”
The Lord promised that 2019 would be the year of “RESTORATION” for us.
And we do experience this restoration and renewal
in the things that are happening.
*For the first time in 16 years of Ministry here, we now
have a house of our own.
*In January we could start our new “One village at the time”
*And since February a church in the USA teamed up with us.
But all these blessings do not mean that we can sit back. On
the contrary, it gives us even more drive and motivation to reach
out to girls in need and rescue them from the hands of our adversary.
Continue reading “Baan Zion – The Year of Restoration”
Time to give an update on our new project.
“One Village at the Time”
As mentioned in previous blogs, news flashes and our Facebook page, we next to our Baan Zion home per January of this year officially started with helping girls of imprisoned mothers living with their poor grandparents in the Hill Tribe villages.
This apart from the support we do give to girls that live in Baan Zion, but can be reunited with from prison released mothers. Support to set up a new and better life and if needed can continue up to two years.
After taking the first girl into this new program, word in her village but also the surrounding villages spread fast.
Even toward Hill Tribe villages as far as 70 kilometers away.
The number of applications for help really overwhelmed us, and are still coming in.
Continue reading “Baan Zion – One Village at a Time Project”
In my previous blog I mentioned Matthew 9:37 in which the Lord is saying that the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.
There is an abundance in harvest waiting here. The so many children, teens and adults who need us and who we try to help.
And in our case we are blessed with a fantastic team of workers, volunteers that give all their time and energy and even looking at severe persecution put their lives on the line to help.
Continue reading “Pray For A Breakthrough – India”
It has been a while since you heard from us and saw frequent
posts on our Facebook pages.
The reason is not alarming, but caused by travel and I am staying in
Baan Zion in Thailand. Internet here is not that great and it has its vulnerabilities.
Reason for my long stay here, first of all of course are our girls and
seeing how they are doing, spending time with them and where
needed have conversations about what ever is on their minds
Continue reading “Baan Zion Update – Where Have We Been?”
“Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.”
As promised, time for a new blog.
On Facebook I already wrote that a lot is happening here in Tenali and
it is. We are on the crossroads of an enormous breakthrough in expanding
our Ministry here. The harvest here is absolutely plentiful!!!
We serve in this large slum with about 7000 people and in previous
blogs and on our Facebook page, I already told you about the poverty
and in fact inhuman circumstances under which people, men, women and children have to live.
A situation where young children and in special girls in general always suffer the most.
Continue reading “Prayer Request For Tenali, India”
We serve an Awesome Lord and Savior and we see His Grace
and life changing power over and over again in the lives of the
girls we care for.
Over the years we have rescued many girls out of dangerous and
child unworthy situations. We take them from prisons, out of severe
abuse situations and human trafficking.
We bring them into our house(s), raise them as our own and provide
in all that is needed. Here with us, they receive healing of their traumas
and are given the opportunity to grow physically and mentally into very
strong and stable individuals.
In 2012 we saved these girls out of their village and a life of abuse,
after they were left when the mother went to prison. As so typical
here no one cared about them.
Continue reading “Baan Zion – God’s Grace”
“Whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the poor,
will also cry out and not be answered”
Being here in Tenali is an ongoing very humbling experience.
Seeing the need and the desolation of the people here, you
cannot do anything else than realize how blessed we are
and how much we consider as natural in the West.
And we really stand at awe, when we see how much of an impact
we are already starting to make in this huge slum, by placing
clean water pumps, feeding the so many children, and offering
young girls and single mothers the opportunity for a future by
learning to sew and having their own sewing machine, so they can
make a living.
Continue reading “India Tenali Slum Project Update: The Food Project”