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.
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”
project. *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.
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.
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.
“Whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the poor, will also cry out and not be answered” Proverbs 21:13
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.
“Except the Lord builds the house,
they labor in vain who build it”
Psalm 127:1a Amplified Bible
There is a time and place for everything under the sun.
And the best time and place are the ones determined by
the Lord Jesus Himself.
Sometimes difficult to wait for in patience, but if we do
in faith, the result will always bless us in ways we could not
For us here in Baan Zion, it is a time of great anticipation
knowing that this year will bring a major change in our
living circumstances. Being the moment we later this year
will buy and move to our new house(s).
A moment that now is coming close very fast.
Feeding the children
Right now as many times as financially possible meals are shared. But looking at the enormous need we want to grow towards a structured daily meal sharing for as many children possible.
I have moved from Tenali to the city of Bhimavaram where I have the opportunity to stay at the children’s home of Ps. Raj.
In my previous blog, I described the extreme poverty I am on a daily basis confronted with among the Dalit people that live in the slums. Here in this city, it is no different. I will blog about this extensively later.