Newsletter


Welcome to the latest newsletter from the Mission for the Rural People India - June, July and August 2009!

We have been very busy over the last few months and have much news to share with you. June saw the arrival of some friends from the USA, Brothers PJ Raduta and Dustin Varughese. Over the last few weeks we have had two friends here from the UK. Sister Shona Morrison from Scotland and Brother Andrew Fernandes from London, England.

In addition to teaching and playing with the children Brothers Dustin and PJ also helped with outreach programmes in the local area. Every Sunday they preached the word of God at the Mission church and Brother PJ prayed with many members of the congregation individually. They also spent four days in Pithapuram and preached in affiliated churches there. This helped greatly to spread the word of God throughout our extended community.

During their time here, they also helped to dedicate four bore wells. The installation of these wells was made possible by a kind donation from the Wragge family from England. They had heard about our work from our friends Joyce and Bill Walker and it is wonderful for us to see the word of our Mission spreading further and reaching more people.

Two of the wells were installed in villages less than ten minutes from the orphanage. One of these areas was without a quality source of water for thirty years. Another well is about an hour away from the orphanage, in a fellow pastor’s village. Before this well, nearly five-hundred families in this village had no source of good water, but the well has enabled them to now enjoy quality water. Hopefully in the future, we can install two more bore-wells in that village. The fourth well was installed in the orphanage itself. We now have 80 children and several elderly people in our care and there is a great and increased demand for the clean and safe drinking water that the wells provide. All of the children were celebrating with dancing, singing and cheering when the well was dedicated by Brothers PJ and Dustin.

Furthermore, they also helped provide for new uniforms and notebooks for the children which will be of great use to them throughout the school year. As well as the schoolbags that were received in July and which brother Dustin kindly donated for all of the children.

August has seen more outreach work done in the community, particularly with the medical camps that were sponsored by our friend Andrew Fernandes. He heard about our Mission through our friend Brother Rolo, once again we find this a great encouragement and pray that more of our friends are also spreading the word to others of our work and Mission here in Vellatur.

We held three medical camps, two in nearby villages and a bigger one right here in the orphanage. In total we had over 500 patients and it was wonderful to be able to provide medicines and doctor consultations for so many people who without which would likely go without the treatment they need. In particular we were able to help an older woman who was in danger of becoming seriously ill by immediately providing her with a saline drip on site and the medicine she needed. In the future we pray that we are able to provide for one medical camp every month for those in the area who so desperately need this essential service.

Brother Andrew and Sister Shona have also been teaching the children English and running various fun activities. Despite Brother Andrew’s attempts to teach football games the favourite still remains volleyball!

We are working day by day to help the children and elderly people we have here. The weather at this time of year has meant that the children who usually sleep in the upstairs section of our ‘main house’ have had to move downstairs so that we now have 42 girls sleeping in the space 25 normally take up. Despite a donation from Sister Shona that allowed for the purchase of two more mattresses the situation remains less than ideal. We pray each day that work can be completed on three upstairs rooms so that all the children have somewhere dry and safe to sleep at night, free from the rain and threat of mosquitoes. Hopefully by this time next year our newsletter will include news of all the children sleeping soundly in new rooms upstairs!

The Good Samaritan Orphanage now houses over 80 children many of whom have been abandoned or have lost their parent to the AIDS virus. Our main priority is still to seek sponsors for all of the children and the elderly people here. Currently we have 36 sponsored children out of the 80 we care for. If any of our supporters wish to sponsor a child or who have a friend or family member who may want to do so then please contact Pastor Ratnam at missionfaithbank@yahoo.com. This sponsorship programme is critical to our existence and without this support we would struggle to care and provide for so many children and elderly people who have nowhere else to turn.

We still have not been able to find a source of income to support our new elderly residents and we are aware that our medical bills alone will be significant compared to those for the children. We have an urgent need to resolve this problem and we hope that our supporters will help us bridge the financial gap that we are facing. We desperately need beds and mattresses, blankets, toilets and any medical equipment suitable for the elderly, especially machines to test blood pressure and blood sugar, sets of scales, hot-water bottles and anything else that will assist us in providing a comfortable environment for our new residents.

If you would like to sponsor one of our elderly residents or children, make a one-off donation or can provide any items that you think would be of use to us (mattresses, beds, blankets, building materials, 2nd hand computers etc) then please contact Pastor Ratnam at missionfaithbank@yahoo.com.

We also continue to welcome volunteers from any part of the world to come to our Mission. As always we require teachers of all subjects but especially English, doctors, nurses, dentists, I.T professional, electricians, professionals with knowledge in agriculture, veterinaries (especially bovine specialists) and builders. Even if you are gifted with a special skill or talent like singing, dancing, playing an instrument, painting, etc., we warmly welcome your presence among us. If you would like to volunteer with us, please send us an email to: missionfaithbank@yahoo.com, telling us about your skills or profession and which dates you are available to come. You may also like to read our 'day in the life of a volunteer' post on our facebook group 'The Good Samaritan Orphanage, India'.

We would also like to include a special prayer request for Brother George Dougherty and Sister Megan who will be married on 14th August. We are all praying and sending our best wishes that you both have a happy day and a wonderful life together.

Finally, our sincere best wishes to all supporters and friends of the Mission for the Rural People – India, who continue to provide the financial support, friendship, prayers and love that allows us to carry on our work in reaching the unreached.

Pastor P. Ratnam

Welcome to the latest newsletter from the Mission for the Rural People India - October 2008!

The last few months have seen momentous change here at the Mission. We have welcomed the largest team of volunteers that have ever come to Vellatur and they have allowed us to expand our work like never before.

Chris Evan’s “Global Green Trotters” completed their first mission to help the orphanage and they also brought with them Richard Beatty who has been a major force in our work of late. Chris and his team allowed the Mission to provide two new bore wells for the tribal villages. They also paid for two medical camps and helped us with the distribution of educational supplies and 500 blankets to Tsunami survivors in the local area. The team stayed for three weeks and helped at the orphanage with a range of classes including English, maths and dance. These guys really performed a miracle here and we thank them from the bottom of our hearts. While the team was here the orphanage was visited by our local M.P, Sri Devineni Mallikarjuna Rao who helped us with the distribution of blankets and spoke to 1500 people who attended our campus.

One member of the team, Richard Beatty was able to bring along four laptops that will help us teach the children about computing and give them a head start at school and in the job market. These were given to Richard by Steak Media and Mike Penny in London whom we thank. Richard has also stayed behind and is funding the construction a new dormitory for the girls of the orphanage. This means that our girls will have the space to sleep on beds and off the floor for the first time in the orphanage’s 8 year history. Richard has also kindly agreed to pay for the construction of a care home for the elderly of the district. “Richard’s Home for the Elderly” will be inaugurated on the 7th October 2008 and we will accept our first residents a few days from this. This is truly the answer to our prayers and will help enormously in our work to bring relief to the destitute elderly people of Vellatur. To cap it all Richard’s financial contribution has meant the drilling of a deep bore well that has provided clean drinking water on the campus for the first time.

Richard also launched a head louse eradication programme and one of his official titles is “International Co-ordinator for Nit Control”. We have used gallons of conditioner and broken dozens of nit combs but all our kids are now certifiably nit free so no more sleepless nights from itchy heads!

The Good Samaritan Orphanage now houses over 60 children many of whom have been abandoned or have lost their parent to the AIDS virus. We still seek sponsors for many these children to assist us in their care and education. If any of our supporters wish to sponsor a child or who have a friend or family member who want to do so then please contact Pastor Ratnam at missionfaithbank@yahoo.com. This sponsorship programme is critical to our existence and without your help these children would be forced on the streets to beg for their very survival.

Richard’s Care Home for the Elderly will house 20 destitute and homeless elderly people. It is still under construction but if you’d like to see the progress of our new building then please check out www.missionfortheruralpeople.org//ex2.html

We still have not been able to find a source of income to support our new residents and we are aware that our medical bills alone will be significant compared to those for the children. We have an urgent need to resolve this problem and we hope that our supporters will help us bridge the financial gap that we are facing. We desperately need 20 beds and 20 mattresses, blankets, toilets and any medical equipment suitable for the elderly especially machines to test blood pressure and blood sugar, sets of scales, hot-water bottles and anything else that will assist us in providing a comfortable environment for our new residents. If you would like to sponsor one of our elderly residents, make a one-off donation or can provide any of the above items then please contact Pastor Ratnam at missionfaithbank@yahoo.com.

We welcome volunteers from any part of the world to come to our Mission. We require teachers of all subjects but especially English, doctors, nurses, dentists, I.T professional, electricians, professionals with knowledge in agriculture, veterinaries (especially bovine specialists). Even if you are gifted with a special skill or talent like singing, dancing, playing an instrument, painting, etc., we warmly welcome your presence among us. If you would like to volunteer with us, please send us an email to: missionfaithbank@yahoo.com, telling us about your skills or profession and which dates you are available to come.

Our sincere best wishes to all supporters and friends of the Mission for the Rural People – India who continue to provide the financial support, friendship, prayers and love that allows us to carry on our work in reaching the unreached.

Pastor P. Ratnam




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