Friday, April 18, 2014

Building an orphanage in Pakistan...YOU CAN HELP!

You Can Rescue Children Out of Slavery in Pakistan


ICII reaches out to orphan children in Pakistan.
ICII reaches out to orphan children in Pakistan.

Help Ting Ministries and ICII to Build an Orphanage in Pakistan
Ting Ministries and Independent Church in India (ICII) have partnered together to build this orphanage.  WE have been doing fundraisers such as Pork BBQ dinners and selling MANY MANY peanut butter eggs and coconut eggs for Easter!  Please READ BELOW...from ICII's WEBSITE....and Kathy Smith of ICII...

I want to share a disturbing story about an orphan girl named Sarah. Even though it is a sad story, I believe that with the help of loving Christians, her story can end in happiness instead of sorrow!
Orphan children in Pakistan that need a home.
Pastor Asif sitting with orphan children who need a home in Pakistan.

Sarah lives in Pakistan. She is a twelve-year-old orphan. After Sarah’s parents got sick and died, her uncle took her and was planning to sell her as a slave to be used for prostitution. Sarah was a Christian and she did not want this kind of life, so she ran away. But out on her own, Sarah faced incredible hardships. Homeless, she had to sleep in the open fields. More than once, she barely managed to escape from men who tried to rape her. Sarah’s life became ever harder – she was always struggling just to get a little food and find shelter. She was crying all the time with hunger, but no one would help her. Sarah was in desperate need of someone to love and show her some compassion. Finally, some poor relatives of Sarah found her and they took her in. But they are too desperately poor to keep providing for Sarah’s needs. Sarah has escaped the horror of a life of slavery for now, but there may soon come a time when these relatives can no longer manage to feed her. Then, they too may feel that they have no other choice but to sell her into slavery or prostitution.

In Pakistan, many orphan children are forced to be slaves or prostitutes, or into crime or selling drugs because they have no means to get help. Independent Church in India’s (ICII) is working alongside Pastor Asif and New Life Ministries, his team in Pakistan, to build an orphanage. Together, we want to give New Life to the orphan children who have no one to help them. Our ministry partner’s vision in Pakistan is to reach out to the orphans in the love of Jesus and provide a Christ-like home, clean water,  healthy food, medical needs, education and more.
Pastors Asif and Kashif (leaders of ministry New Life Ministries in Pakistan) praying together with Lowell and Kathy Smith.
Pastors Asif and Kashif (leaders of New Life Ministries in Pakistan) praying together with Lowell and Kathy Smith.

We have started construction for an orphanage that can give a home to up to fifteen children who are now living in miserable situations. We want to rescue girls and boys from prostitution or slave-labor jobs, and children living in other miserable situations. Construction for the orphanage has started – the outside walls are up now and part of the roof is in place. For security, it is very urgent that we finish the roof of the orphanage. We need another $1500 to get the roof completed. After the roof is on, we will start building rooms inside. This will provide a secure and loving home, and the children will be taught about Jesus Christ.
Part of the roof is already built for the orphanage.
Part of the roof is already built for the orphanage.
We want to cover area outside of the door with the roof. This is urgent to secure the orphanage.
We want to cover area outside of the door with the roof. This is urgent to secure the orphanage.

Time is ticking away… Sarah and many other desperate children are waiting to come and live at the orphanage so they can have the love that they are longing for and their physical needs provided. Through your prayers and support, you can be a part of giving a child just like Sarah a NEW LIFE in Christ and a new home filled with hope in this dark nation where many have no hope at all. When we celebrate Easter, we think of how Christ rose from the dead and how He gives salvation, hope, and new life to all those who believe in Him.

You can give a gift this Easter time that will bring hope and new life, and will save children from a life of sorrow and suffering.
Providing clothes for a orphan that we want to bring to the orphanage when it is finished.
Providing clothes for a orphan that we want to bring to the orphanage when it is finished.

Pastor Asif and Lowell and Kathy Smith partnering together to reach the lost souls and bring hope to orphans in Pakistan.
Pastor Asif and Lowell and Kathy Smith partnering together to reach the lost souls and bring hope to orphans in Pakistan.

If you would like to give a gift of any amount, 100 percent will be used for building materials for the orphanage in Pakistan.  If you would like to give through Paypal, please click on the link below, then click on “Help to Build an Orphanage in Pakistan”. http://www.indchurch.org/Pakistan-projects.html

If you would be able to send a gift by mail, please make your check or money order payable to “Independent Church In India” or “ICII”, mark it “Orphanage in Pakistan”, and send it to the address below.

Independent Church in India PO Box 238 Fredericksburg, PA 17026
Thanks so much, and have a blessed day!
Reaching the Unreached, Lowell and Kathy Smith Independent Church in India http://www.indchurch.org (717) 865-7885 info@indchurch.org

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Youngest to Oldest - Isaiah 53:5 - He is Risen - Happy Easter!!!

 
Mike's Chair
Someone Worth Dying For
 
 
 
 
Rachele
 





 
 
Avigayil
 
 




 
 
 
Angelina
 
 





 
Ellianna
 



 
Olyvia
 






 
 
Sasha
 






Isaiah 53:5
 
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed
 
HE IS RISEN!
 
HAPPY EASTER!
 
 
 

 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Look at me NOW!

 
Olyvia 
LOOK at me NOW!
I am home 2 months
I can sit!
I can hold up my head!
I am growing new grown up teeth!
Look at me smile!
 

 
Olyvia Maryana
You are a sweet treasure!
Your giggle and smile light up the room!

Olyvia just two months ago
What a difference!
 
 
Psalm 96: 1
Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth


Thursday, April 3, 2014

AHHHH Spring...You are finally here!

 
Ahhhh Spring YOU ARE FINALLY HERE!

 
I have been waiting for you for soooooo LONG!!!!

 

 
Life is precious
Life is Sweet
Like the Earth Beneath my feet
(Wes King Song - Life is Precious)

 
Psalm 96: 1
Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Guest post from Kristi - one of the 32 prayer warriors for Pleven

 
 Go back to this post in June of 2012....Lina had just come home from Pleven, Bulgaria....
 
 http://marianaorphanfund.blogspot.com/2012/06/god-is-amazing-thirty-two-prayer.html


Then read Kristi's version of the story....!!!

A guest post from Kristi one of the Shorter University students - Lina's prayer warrior and angel at Pleven just 2 weeks before I arrived to pick up Lina at Pleven...


In May 2012, I was blessed with the opportunity to travel to Bulgaria to serve in an Orphanage in Pleven. This was a trip that I took with 31 of my nursing school classmates. We spent two weeks working in two different Bulgarian orphanages. While there, we were humbled and heartbroken by the faces and stories of each child in the orphanage.

Each day we would spend hours holding them, feeding them, playing games with them, and just simply showing them something that many of them lacked and that was love. Many of the children living there were both developmentally and socially behind. They lacked the interaction that so many of us take for granted day in and day out. We were able to provide them with that interaction and just in two short weeks we could see the difference that was being made in their lives.

While we were there, it was our prayer that each and every one of those precious children would be adopted into Godly homes. Homes where they would know love and also know the love of Jesus. While we spent time with many children, there is one face that I will never forget. We were each split up into rooms.

In the room that I was in there was a little girl that was a little bit bigger than all the other babies in the room. There was just something different about her. I would walk over to the crib that she was laying in, look into her beautiful brown eyes and speak to her. She would always raise her hand up towards me and of course I would pick her up, who could resist something that precious. It was obvious that she was older than the rest of the babies in the room, but developmentally she was at the stage of an infant. She could barley lift her head up.


During this two week period the most painful thing was that I never once saw her smile. This sweet child always had such a sad look on her face and it broke my heart. One day towards the end of our two weeks there, I walked into the orphanage just like every other day I made my rounds around the cribs to say hello. However, this morning there was an empty crib. The crib where the little girl usually lay was empty.

I didn’t really think much of it because sometimes the babies are gone with their Baba’s for play time. It wasn’t until the next day that the crib was still empty that I wondered where this little girl had gone. When the time came for us to leave and say our last goodbyes we all left the orphanage heartbroken. If I could have taken each and every one of them home with me I would have, but what I did leave with was faith, faith that although I was not physically able to carry them with me, I could carry them with me in my heart.

That is exactly what all 32 of us did, we left praying for them. We prayed that these children would one day be rescued, know the love of a family and one day be able to smile. I knew in my heart that God was able to do this for them, that He loved each one of them just as much as He loves me. So we all loaded up and headed to the airport with heavy hearts and little did we know that God was up to something HUGE! Our group was waiting right by the doors at the airport on the day of our departure when we saw a lady and a little girl.

We all stared and just knew there was something familiar about that little girl. We then realized it was Lina, the sweet baby that we had taken care of for two weeks! We were all in such shock! We began to talk to Stephanie and we shared our story and our experiences caring for Lina those two weeks. I was blown away by the mercy and grace of God.
 
Shorter University Students...
in the airport in Sofia
Lina is in the center of the photo in my arms (Stephanie)

Kristi holding Lina waiting for our flight to LONDON

Seeing Lina in that airport was an answered prayer. God delivered her from the orphanage and into a loving home, just as we had prayed. Seeing Lina helped me to leave with hope in my heart, hope knowing that God indeed did have a plan for each and every one of those babies and the proof was right before my own eyes. 

Lina and Stephanie ended up being on our plane ride to London. There was a point on the flight where Lina came to sit with us to give Stephanie a little break and all I could do was just stare at her and thank God for such a miracle. Here it is a year and a half later and I am still in awe of the situation. As I look at the current pictures of Lina, I praise God for giving her such a wonderful family to be a part of. Just a year and a half ago Lina’s smile was a frown and now she has so much to smile about!

 

 
Lina at Pleven

 
Lina at Pleven
 Here it is a year and a half later and I am still in awe of the situation. As I look at the current pictures of Lina, I praise God for giving her such a wonderful family to be a part of. Just a year and a half ago Lina’s smile was a frown and now she has so much to smile about!
written by Kristi
 
 
 
Lina's personality and smile now
just 1 and 1/2 years later
7 years old
 
Lina and her cousin Jules
they are best buddies

Lina and her best buddies at the picture people
getting their photos taken
Bevie, Lina and Jules

 
YES LINA IS WALKING
she still needs a hand to hold but
SHE IS WALKING!
 
Lina and her sisters!!!
 
 
Ellianna Lina Olyvia Avi Sasha Rachele
 
LINA and ELLIANNA

2 Timothy 1:9

New International Version (NIV)
He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,