Wednesday in Chennai – Street Kids Part 1

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Life on the streets of Chennai is a desperate struggle for survival. Thousands of children live in the train station, under bridge overpasses, and on the streets. These children fight every day just to survive. They are the victims of predators of every kind. Freddy & Daisy, the Directors of Rescue & Restore House minister to these kids every week …

Tuesday in Chennai Part 2

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Our time with the kids was amazing. A puppet show, singing, dancing and a craft project kept everyone busy and fully entertained. This was a rare treat for them. The kids (and few women who live in the home) were so hungry for physical touch. This is understandable when they are considered “untouchable”. The soaked up the hugs & high …

Tuesday in Chennai Part 1-chasing pigs

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Tuesday we made our way by bus to the Aids orphanage, which is home to 15 kids who are HIV+. When we arrived Wilson, the Director, gave us some background about this work amongst those with HIV in Chennai. He began by going to the local Aids hospital 10 years ago and volunteering to help. The Hospital Director was very …

Monday in Channai – part 2

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A puzzle piece treasure hunt followed the puppets, and the kids got right in to the competition of finding and completing their puzzle first. They searched around the home in teams for all the pieces of 5 different puzzles. When the pieces all fit together, they read a message about God’s love for them. At the end of the hunt …

Monday in Chennai- Part 1

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Early Sunday morning the Life Church team landed in Chennai, ready to impact the lives of orphans & children in need. They plunged right into the culture of India. It was a wild first day into the chaotic life of Chennai, where at every turn there are thousands & thousands of people. Monday we headed off to spend the day …

Pune-Part 2

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Our next stop was the Good Shepherd Home. GSH is home to 122 orphans. Most of the kids have come off of the streets, and now fit into several homes that operate as a family unit. Their heart is to provide a family-style living for the kids.  We were impressed by these bright children, and the atmosphere of this orphanage …

India adventure- Pune – Part 1

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After 36 ours of flying and driving, we landed at our hotel at 6:30 am. We slept for 2 hours, and then hopped up and headed out for our wild first day of connecting with orphanages. The first orphanage we visited was a children’s AIDS home. Most of the kids are HIV+ and many of their mothers are prostitutes. For many of them, both …

Heading To India…

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This Tuesday, October 7th we’re heading back to India. The first few days we’ll be scouting out 2 new orphanages that are in need of sponsorship, and then it’s on to stop #2 where we’ll meet up with a group of 12 volunteers from Kansas City. Together we will be: • Working in 3 orphanages• Doing various hands on projects• Spending time …

Before picture of Hawa

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Since I posted the last blog I received a “before” picture of Hawa, the day she arrived at the orphanage.  Isn’t the change in her amazing?

Report from Mozambique

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We just received an amazing report from the director of the AIDS baby’s home in Maputo, Mozambique, one of 17 orphanages Streams of Mercy raises support for. They have a little baby in their home right now named Hawa. Hawa’s mother has AIDS and it is not possible for her to take care of her precious daughter any longer. Little …