A Little Flock Family Update
Dear Friends of Little Flock,
Children: Summer is in full swing at Little Flock and all the children have finished their final exams and visiting family for a few weeks. Our High School students are anxiously awaiting the results of their government standardized exams. For the seniors in High School their grades will determine College or University admissions.
School: Last year we had hoped to start our school for all ages in English medium. However our primary resource person, a highly qualified educator from the US, who was well connected with the Indian education department was unable to keep his commitment. Our well laid plans seemed futile. However a local government official contacted and offered to guide us through the process of setting up our school starting with kindergarten and primary classes. We had to make several modifications to our Community Center to fulfill the State requirements, which then delayed the operation of the clinics.
Clinics: Our medical /dental clinics were set up by the Twin Lakes team from Santa Cruz. These clinics will enable us to offer regular care for our children, staff, workers, and the Village Community. We are working with SRM University to have their medical residency students service these clinics. We hope to have them in our clinics in June
License: In March the Child Welfare Committee and the Juvenile Justice Act officers inspected the home and interviewed our children. Following their visit they renewed the license for Little Flock to operate the children's home for another five years. Thank you for your prayers through this process.
Foreign funds: Every five years all non- profits that receive foreign funds need to reapply for permission to continue receiving these funds. Little Flock will be filing papers for renewal of its permit in June. I will be in Delhi to facilitate the first phase of this application process.
Summer teams: Two teams will travel to Little Flock this summer. One team will focus on helping the village men and women with vocational training projects. This helps us to be good neighbors to those in dire need of new ways of supporting their families. The second team will focus on our children and the needs of the home. Tutoring, mentoring, leading chapel, painting the cottages and landscaping are some of the projects planned for the second team.
Children always look forward to these visits as it brings more care and attention for each of them. The staff enjoy having teams to lighten their work. Everyone enjoys hearing team members testimonies and are refreshed by their worship leading and prayer times, along with the fun activities that teams plan for everyone.
Long term missionaries: Amanda Kaschube and Hunter Mclaughlin are home for the summer and plan to return in May. They tutor and prepare the children for quarterly examinations. They lead chapel and supervise the children in campus maintenance. They mentor, counsel, and pray with the children. Amanda conducts English classes for the women in the jewelry project and tailoring class. Hunter oversees the inventory of our store room. Staff are looking forward to working with them again.
Shyam: My brother Shyam who serves as a Trustee of Little Flock India, suffered a mild stroke and is recovering. Thanks for your prayers and cards. The family was touched by your thoughtfulness and care.
- FCRA application. It took us a long time the first time to receive this permit and we know that prayer and the Lord's favor alone will make it come through this time.
- Well qualified Christian faculty to join our new school teaching team.
- The right number of children to enroll in our classes.
- The inspection by the department of education officials to go well.
- Shyam's full recovery.
- Partnership with SRM Medical School to enable regular staffing of our medical/dental clinics.
Thank you for your partnership in the ministry to our children and the village community. We feel strengthened by your prayers and participation. Our children, staff, workers, and the village community are sustained and blessed by your consistent commitment and genuine care.
With deep appreciation,
Email: email@example.com, Phone: 510-531-4399
Little Flock Children's Homes Inc., PO BOX 18995 Oakland CA 94619