Monday, January 30, 2012
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Friday, October 14, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Greetings. Thank you for taking time to visit with us in August while we were in Houston. Thank you for your prayers and support.
Bharathi, Anusha, Lokesh, and Sunil are in first year of pre-university and are doing great academically. Manjula is in second PUC and is praying about to join teachers training. Swarna is in first year of her M.A. Pray for the provision of about $ 1000 per year for each child to put them thru college.
Pray for the regular support for all the 32 kids that are in ALFA Home for the children right now. Pray for additional support for fifteen more kids. We will start accepting new kids when we raise support for them.
OUR IMMEDIATE NEEDS:
1. $ 25000 for the furniture, desks, tables, fans etc for the second floor of the School.
2. $ 10000 for the solar heaters in the boys and girls dorms.
3. $ 6000 for additional tube well for drinking water in the campus.
Thanks again for your prayers.
Krup and Victoria.
Photo 1: Boys, cooling themselves in the pool
Photo 2: 10th grade class of ALFA SCHOOL.
Photo 3: Bharathi, Shivaranjani and Anusha singing a prayer song.
Wanted to let all of you know that the School Building has been paid off. It's been a very large project and we are very greatful for all of your prayer and support in completing this building. We now have 397 students enrolled in the school.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
About three years ago, we set out with an ambitious goal of raising $461,000 to complete a 27,000 sq foot school building in Bangalore, India. Little did we know that soon the world would face one of the worst economic crises of our lifetime. Through the turmoil, God has been faithful to those that serve him diligently. We have received $57,000 recently for the school building. God in his wisdom has put together a great team from Houston, Time to Build, and Hope for the Hungary. All of you have played a significant role in moving the project along. As a team, so far we have raised $393,000. We have completed two floors with about 330 students actively using the school building. I want to thank all of you personally for your involvement in making God’s vision a reality.
We are not done yet! We are about $68,000 from finishing the school building. The building contractor has started work on the third floor with the funds we have at hand. I am attaching a few pictures that Krup sent over today with the progress. When the school is complete, you will have played a significant role in providing an education for 700 students in Bangalore. More importantly, you will have enabled ALFA to minister to the students and teachers from the school as well as the extended community for generations. There is no greater mission than to bring Jesus to those that have not had the opportunity to experience Him.
I would like to challenge all of you that have been committed to the work in India to make a final push to fund the $68,000 by June. I look forward to completing the ALFA school project by June of 2010.
I would like to setup a lunch meeting to pray for the ministry. Please let me know if you can meet for lunch on April 1st at mid-town park at 11:45 a.m.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Finally, Hannah our youngest was old enough to make the flight to India. It's been over three years since we had an opportunity to visit India. We made plans for Violet and the kids to spend 5 weeks in India and I managed to take couple of weeks off from work to join them in India. Over the years, we have had the privilege of working with our brothers and sisters in Christ who have shared the passion to spread the word of Christ and help those in need as commanded by our Lord and Savior. I can't thank all of you enough for praying and supporting ALFA.
"I want you to share your food with the hungry and bring right into your own homes those who are helpless, poor, and destitute. Clothe those who are cold and don't hide from relatives who need your help. If you do these things, God will shed His own glorious light upon you. He will heal you; your godliness will lead you forward, and goodness will be a shield from behind… .Feed the hungry! Help those in trouble! Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you shall be as bright as day. And the Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy you with all good things, and keep you healthy too."
Here is an update on what God is doing at ALFA....
It's been over three years since I visited ALFA. The last time we were here there were several small structures that had been put up to house the kids and start the school. The children were living in a dilapidated building that was on the verge of being condemned. The Lord has been busy in the last three years. I walked though the new two story dormitory that has been been built for the ALFA children. The kids now have a safe place to live and study. The structure is made of concrete and steel that should house many children for years to come. Recently we had a large tree fall on our house and damage the roof during hurricane Ike. We had a hole in the roof where a tree branch had broken though. We patched it temporarily since it was next to impossible to get someone to fix it right away. When it rained we had some water that would leak though. I still remember the impact on my psyche from the leaking roof. I realized how important shelter plays on our perspective on life. All Glory to God for provide a safe and secure place for the children at ALFA.
We took pictures of the kids and got to talk to them about their lives at ALFA. It was wonderful to see the hopes and dreams of the children. Many of the kids we had seen about three years ago are now well into their teenage years. The kids had all of kinds of questions for us. What's it like to be on a plane? What is it like to drive in America? What does it take to be an ISI (intelligence) officer? Who is the most important person you know in the U.S.?
Victoria had purchased a cricket bat for the kids. The boys were busy playing cricket. There were two kids missing and some of the ALFA caretakers were out looking for them. We later found out that two boys had decided to sneak out to catch crabs at a nearby lake. The two kids earned a special meeting with Krup!
When it was getting dark, we decided to head back to the dormitory. The kids were proud to show us their rooms. We asked the kids to see their school work. How exactly do you solve this quadratic equation I asked one girl looking at her notes? She went on to explain about factors. We heard about the subjects they liked. Violet and I were interested to see which teachers were good at their school . I was pleased to hear their enthusiastic discussion of all of their teachers and the positive influence they have on their lives. They seemed to love and respect all of their teachers.
Electricity was out for about an hour that night as we chatted outside in the cool breeze. A single light lit up the school patio that was powered by a generator. We sat there for a little while trying to take it all in as the kids played . The kids had formed a few groups and had found an activity to keep themselves busy. Some were dragging a metal piece around, some were kicking a tennis ball, some were playing tag, some were talking, and some were wrestling. As the kids played, for a few minutes they didn't have a care in the world. What a precious and magical time childhood is! We were privileged to share this moment with the ALFA kids.
Taking a child, He set him before them, and taking him in his arms, He said to them,
"Whoever receives one child like this in my name receives me; and whoever receives me does not receive me, but Him who sent me."
Today we had the opportunity to attend a prayer meeting. Krup and Victoria send an open invitation for the pastors in Bangalore to come to ALFA and pray from 8:00 am. to 12:00 pm. and then they have lunch together. We had 31 pastors in attendance today. We had the privilege of having the pastors lay their hands and pray for us. We enjoyed having lunch with the pastors that afternoon.
Today we visited a church that Krup and Victoria had planted over 35 years ago. I had attended this church as a child. We had the ALFA kids in attendance today at the church. Many of them were playing musical instruments during the worship service. I also got to listen to a pastor that was mentored by Krup when we lived in Bangalore over 20 years ago. It was good to see many of the young people that I knew as a child, grow up be the leaders of this church. Now there's a new generation of kids that are actively participating in the Church. I asked Jake how he liked the worship service? I just could help but laugh when he said “ I got bored after a while because I don't understand what they are saying. About the only thing I understand is Halleluiah and Praise the Lord” It really made me appreciate the children service at Second Baptist Church in Houston that Jake loves to attend.
Violet and I had lunch today with all of the teachers from the school. The teachers were kind enough to share their background and experience with us. We were impressed with the credentials and the caliber of talent we have in these teachers.
Next we visited the three floor school building that houses the school. The first thing you notice is an enormous structure that has a red cross on it. There is no mistaking that the Lord presides over this building. On closer inspection the building is made of all concrete and steel. Construction on the first two floors are complete and are currently being used by the school. The third floor is still in progress and the interior will be completed when the Lord provides for it. As I walk though the first two floors, I am floored that this building exists. I still remember when Krup got the architectural plans for the school and shared with us in Houston that God has a mission for him. I must say it did not seem plausible to build such a building and have an elementary, middle, and high school operational and functioning. Here I was walking through a state-of-the-art school building and staff of 16 teachers with about 320 children buzzing with activity. It feels like a dream, but then you realize that in Christ all things are possible. I walked though the building for the next two hours in amazement. That afternoon, I went to the roof of the dormitory and spent about an hour just looking down at the ALFA campus. I could not help but reflect on the folks that God has used to make this happen and felt a sense of deep gratitude for their willingness to respond to his call. I was also in awe of the love and commitment that Krup and Victoria have for ALFA and their role in making this a reality. Watching the campus from the roof and looking at the changes you could clearly sense and see that God has tremendous plans to use ALFA for his glory.
Later in the day, I had the opportunity to speak for about an hour with three senior teachers that supervise the school. I got to spend some time to get to know them and listen to their experience at ALFA. We had the opportunity to share with them about God's vision for the school and the emphasis on helping the community.
Violet's e-mailed journal
We have been here in Bangalore for over 2 weeks now. It's been a nice break for me, since there is lots of help with the kids and no cooking since that is taken care of for me. Jake is fast friends with many of the boys, so he's easily entertained by just playing with the boys. When Hannah has napped well, she will go with anyone... a little worrisome at times..., but nobody's took off with her. :) Sophie is pretty clingy a lot of the time, but there are a few people she will play with. A girl by the name of Push Pa plays with Hannah and Sophie a lot. Push Pa is a bright eyed, quick smile, inquisitive young teen. She's very thin, but Victoria said she has "put on weight" since coming to ALFA. She used to run like a street child...eating where she found food and going wherever her feet took her. When she came to ALFA, she needed some loving discipline. Victoria was the one to reign her in and get her to stay in one place and get back into school. I have been teaching her along with five other students who are in 9th grade. I have really enjoyed tutoring English. Our ALFA children are hard workers and studious. The reading passages are challenging, but they rise to the challenge pretty well. Some, of course are better than others. Pushpa, with her history, is struggling... she jokes about herself... but she's no dummy. I love seeing what God is doing in her. I have been doing my small bit of tutoring in the house and the rest of the students go to the cafeteria and do their homework with Victoria and Nawaneetha. Nawaneetha is a former ALFA child who now works as the school secretary and assistant for Victoria. It's a huge blessing to have her, because her love for ALFA makes her trustworthy...and that can be hard to find... anywhere...
It's good to be home! We made a lot of good memories. I enjoyed spending time with the ALFA children. Since ALFA Public School is an English medium school, our children now speak English fairly well. With communication lines open, it was so fun to ask them all kinds of questions. Of course my favorite question was, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" I got a lot of good answers: Software Engineer, Anchor, Police Officer, Doctor.... the really exciting thing was that I felt it was all within their reach! Victoria has them on a strict schedule to ensure they are taking advantage of their opportunity to get a quality education.While I was there, a church came to the ALFA campus and did a few baptisms in the pool. That evening, the kids got to go swimming. I never saw such a good time as that!! When it was the boys turn, Jake joined right in and had a total blast. Joe got to come for the last 10 days of our trip. He enjoyed getting reacquainted with the children. I could see his love for the ALFA kids... it made me really glad to be his wife. July 10th was our 10 year anniversary. Krup and Victoria threw us a big party. I got to wear a beautiful sari that made me feel like a princess. :) We had a great time visiting with many people that we have not seen since our Indian reception. I spent some time with the Early Childhood teachers at ALFA Public School doing an in-service and also modeling centers and small group learning. I came back and went to Jake and the girls' room and just stared in amazement at their bookcases. They are full of books...overflowing with books... books that I easily found a garage sales, thrift stores, hand-me-downs from my sister.... Now, I want to help ALFA Public School create a library. The curriculum is great. The kids are learning, but I would love to see them have the enrichment that children books would bring. I'm going to do a Book Drive and ship the books the beginning of October. Hugs!!Violet
Saturday, December 13, 2008
To take care of the physical needs of people who are in need.
These two together, represent the Christian Evangelism mission of ALFA Ministries.
View pictures of the ministry at http://picasaweb.google.com/alfaministries
The world has grown increasingly separated from our creator to the spiritual and physical detriment of the world.
ALFA ministries believes the world must come again to God.
The only pathway is by accepting God’s son, Jesus Christ, who came to atone for man’s sin.
Our Ministry wishes to explain this to all of the mankind and to further God’s kingdom.
While we are desirous of seeing people saved thought believing and trusting in Jesus Christ, we realize that mankind has very real physical needs.
Unless ALFA ministry attempts to heal the physical suffering of the God’s created; we are not being consistent with God’s directive in missions.
Biblical evangelism requires helping an individual enjoy the spiritual and physical fullness of being one with God.
We seek clarity of purpose that can only come from the Holy Sprit’s presence.
ALFA ministries will co-ordinate supporter’s time, talent and resources through
Prayer for world evangelism
Financial resources for evangelism and physical needs
Coordinate individual work skills and talents
Currently we have 31 children in residence (22 boys and 9 girls).
82 children have been part of the children’s home over the years.
40 additional children have participated on a temporary basis.
More than 3500 children have participated in VBS sessions as of October 2011
5 have attended the discipleship center.
9 are attending college.
Currently we have 328 students. (28 kids from the childrens home attend the school)
114 new admissions for year 2008
288 paying students
5 non-teaching staff
13 classes – 3 nursery, 5 primary, 2 middle, 3 high school
2 school buses
Alfa ministries has undertaken the construction of a three story school building to accomodate the increased enrollment. Each floor covers about 9,692 square feet. Once the building is completed the school will have 29,076 square feet of usable space that will accomodate approximately 700 students including facilities for chemistry lab, computer lab, school office, and staff room.
Phase 1 - Foundation and 2 story columns completed at a cost of $102,000
Phase 2 - Complete 2 floors at a cost of $200,000 (In progress)
Phase 3 - Complete 3 floor at a cost of $112,000 (year 2010)
* Cost estimates based on $17.66 square foot construction costs in 2008
Follow the progress of the building at http://picasaweb.google.com/alfaministries