Posts Tagged ‘India’

Sharon is Blessing Students in India

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

“I wish they [the donors] could see the transformation their support brought in the lives of the children in Sweet Home.” — Lilly Kalagithi

Editor’s Note: Here is another update on what is happening in the life of Sharon Vakkanthula, one of ICC’s grown children from the ICC DEWS Sweet Home in India. It was written by Lilly Kalagithi, founder of the project. Your support blessed Sharon’s life tremendously and she is taking full advantage of her opportunity to serve others.

Thanks to donors like YOU, Sharon is living a life of service to students at Spicer Memorial University in India.

Thanks to donors like YOU, Sharon is living a life of service to students at Spicer Memorial University in India.

Two beautiful little girls were brought to us by their father. They had lost their mother, and their father could not care for them as he needed to work to provide for them. These two little girls came to us with their bag of clothes and photos of their mother in their hands. They were still grieving for their mother and held on to these precious photos.

These two girls were a blessing to Sweet Home. They always were very special in the way they talked and behaved. They studied well and scored top grades in school. They were very decent and respectful in their behavior, and like little angels they were always willing and ready to help others. They are continuing to do the same today.

Thanks to donors like YOU, Sharon is living a life of service to students at Spicer Memorial University in India.

The younger girl’s name is Sharon Vakkanthula. Sharon studied in the Flaiz Adventist Elementary School and High School. She always had a deep desire to join pastoral ministry. After completing her studies in Narsapur, she enrolled in Spicer Memorial College (now known as Spicer Adventist University). During summer holidays Sharon went out to different towns and villages to assist the gospel ministry.

From the very beginning of her time at Spicer, Sharon gained the favor and confidence of her teachers and professors. She soon became very popular in the college. The Vice Chancellor of the university took her in as his daughter and helped her finish a Master’s degree in Theology.
Sharon is now employed by the university as it’s very first chaplain. She also teaches theology students.

We are grateful to ICC for the continued support, love and care. We are also grateful to the sponsors for the sacrifice they made to give life to the helpless children. I wish they could see the transformation their support brought in the lives of the children in Sweet Home.

Sharon is very happy to work for the Lord who sustained her all these years. We are also very proud of Sharon and her accomplishments.
What a blessing it is to see Sharon use her talents in service to God by serving others! Thank you for your generous support of children like Sharon.

Q & A with the President of ICC, Rick Fleck

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

YOUR support of ICC’s children is having a lasting effect upon them. In the following interview with ICC President, Rick Fleck, you’ll find a more in-depth perspective of the work being done on behalf of the children.

“I can’t thank YOU enough for all that you continue to do for ‘His Kids!’ This ministry for orphan children has been operating for nearly 40 years, and it’s because of people like you, that thousands of children have been rescued and had their lives restored.”

“I can’t thank YOU enough for all that you continue to do for ‘His Kids!’ This ministry for orphan children has been operating for nearly 40 years, and it’s because of people like you, that thousands of children have been rescued and had their lives restored.”

Q: The news is filled with political debate this election season as well as conflicts in various parts of the world. There seems to be little news concerning the plight of orphans. Is orphan care still a world-wide problem?

A: Yes, absolutely! Jesus said we would always have the poor among us, and there is strong biblical counsel to help the orphans. ICC children are very fortunate to have many caring individuals who believe and act upon this counsel. The news media is always looking for stories which are exciting and attract attention. The plight of orphans is a constant that happens every day all around the world—so we sometimes get numb and indifferent to their suffering. Actually, it’s not popular to help orphans. Governments and non-profit organizations prefer to concentrate on prevention strategies. But, no matter what is done to prevent these sad situations, little children are constantly being left without mommies and daddies, and the wonderful folk who contribute to our mission are very passionate about helping these little ones to grow up and have new opportunities for a better future.

Q: Which ICC projects appear to have the greatest potential for growth in the future?

A: As we see shifting government priorities and policies, we also see doors opening and closing for ICC to help children in different areas of the world. Right now I see a great potential for ICC to grow and help more children in Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Congo. For example, in Guatemala, the government for several years did not want to place children in institutions. But we have presented our children’s villages as a more normal environment for orphaned children rather than an institution. We have empty beds at our Los Pinos children’s village, and now government authorities are asking us to take in more children. Just in the last few months, thanks to the generous support of donors, we have welcomed in 18 children to their new homes in Los Pinos. Of course, whether we can grow also depends largely on finances.

Q: What are some exciting things happening in the lives of ICC children?

A: I love to see the happy faces of children who have recently come to live in an ICC children’s village. They often talk about how much they appreciate having enough food and clothing and the opportunity to go to school. It’s amazing to hear little kids talking like that! Of course, it takes time for them to completely adjust to their new home, and they always have a hurt in their little hearts, but we introduce them to their heavenly Father and point them to a future that has hope beyond the hurts of this world.

From Beggar to Professor — Thanks to YOU!

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

“I never ate fresh food on a clean plate”

That is what Timothy said on his way to the Sweet Home Children’s Village in India. But today Timothy is teaching as a college professor — thanks to your support!

A photo of Timothy

This is Timothy. His life in India began as a street beggar, but now he is a college professor because of your support.

Timothy’s story is an amazing example of how you can dramatically change the life of a child. It also demonstrates how education plays a vital role in preparing a young person to lead a productive life. We’ve told you about Timothy before. We’d like to give another update, because he continues to demonstrate that your investment in him has been well worth it!

As you may recall, Timothy was a beggar at a railway station in India. One day a pastor from the Flaiz School was waiting for his train. Timothy was standing next to him, and the pastor noticed his poor condition. He told Timothy about the ICC Sweet Home Children’s Village where children get food, clothes and an education. He asked Timothy if he would like to go to this home. At first, Timothy refused. but when he saw the train approaching, he picked up the pastor’s brief case and said; “Sir, that is our train, let us go.”

The next morning when Timothy arrived at the Sweet Home children’s village, the staff welcomed him warmly. They quickly found out he didn’t know his last name, the names of his parents or the name of the village where his parents lived. He could not remember anything about his family. He had lived on the railway station platform since the death of his parents. Your donations make it possible for Sweet Home to be a safe haven for children like Timothy.

Timothy grew up at Sweet Home. He attended elementary and high school at the Flaiz Adventist School. After his high school graduation, Timothy studied Theology at Spicer Memorial College (now called Spicer Adventist University). He received a Bachelor’s Degree in 2014 and successfully completed a Master’s Degree in 2016.

Recently Timothy returned “home” and joined the Flaiz College as a teacher in the Theology Department. He is now “paying forward” the support you gave to him by teaching at the same school where he was a student. Timothy is recognized as a good teacher and a talented preacher.
Your support made possible a great transformation in Timothy’s life. He is grateful for the prayers and financial support of his sponsors. Tim is an example of how your investment in ICC’s children is paying a wonderful return as they pay forward the blessing in lives of service. Thank you!

DEWS Sweet Home Boys Prepare for Literature Evangelism

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Lilly Kaligithi, from ICC’s DEWS Sweet Home project in India recently sent a report about a special opportunity for some of our boys. Here is an excerpt:

“About six of our boys have signed up to do literature evangelism in the month of May. They have special classes for one month during summer vacation. They are free only in the month of May. The Division leader and the conference leaders were here from the Publishing Department and conducted a real exciting training [session].

“They selected a president, vice president and treasurer. Moses is the president, Joshua is the vice president and the treasurer is from the dorm. I believe they did not know that these two boys belong to Sweet Home. I was invited to the last meeting.

“Please pray for these kids… I am sure this experience will prepare them for greater service for the Lord.”

Thanks for reading!

Kent Greve
International Development Director ICC

Dear Friends and Family

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

Here is an excerpt from a letter recently received from Lilly Kaligithi, director of ICC’s Sweet Home Children’s Village in India.

Dear Friends and Family;

We have come to the end of the year 2011. We look back with gratitude and praise in our hearts to God for the wonderful way He led us. We are also very grateful to all the ICC leaders and our sponsors for their generous gifts and love. Just look at the Sweet Home Family in the picture and see how happy and healthy the Sweet Home family is. Thank-you again for all your support.

We experienced many happy moments of pride when our children received awards for their high scholastic and winning in speech and Bible contests. We just had graduation for the class of 2012. [One of our boys] who has been standing first in his class for the past ten years was the president of the class. My eyes and heart were filled with tears of joy and pride as he delivered his presidential speech. Wish you were here with me to share this joy. Soon tenth and twelfth class students will be writing their board examinations. Please remember them in your prayers…

We wish you a blessed and prosperous New Year. May you enjoy good health and peace throughout the year to come.

With sincere thanks,

Lilly

A photo of Lilly and the kids from ICC's Sweet Home Children's Village in India

Lilly, the kids and the staff from ICC's Sweet Home Children's Village in India wish you a wonderful new year.

First Fruits at DEWS Sweet Home

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Rick and Sharon Fleck have recently visited ICC’s DEWS Sweet Home in India. You may recall in a previous posting that extensive flooding swamped our children’s village as can be seen in this picture. There was great concern about the welfare of our campus gardens. However, God was merciful and the project recently harvested some of the produce.

Rick sent a report that included this photo of Kumari, our children’s services director. She is displaying the first fruits of the string bean crop. These beans were given as a special offering in church. This was to make a public declaration that we owe everything to God. Our ICC India family is very happy that they were able to give this special gift to God.

Kumari shows the beans from the first harvest of ICC India's garden after recent heavy flooding.

Kumari, ICC India's children's services director, shows the beans from the first harvest of ICC India's garden after recent heavy flooding.

The older boys and house fathers at Sweet Home are the ones mainly responsible for working in the gardens. Together they have put forth the effort to make the gardens productive and beautiful once again. What a blessing that the gardens have recuperated after the devastating floods.

The ICC India gardens during the recent flooding

The flooded garden.

Lily Kaligithi
Director
ICC India/DEWS Sweet Home

A Day at the Beach

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

Here is a message some of us at ICC received from Lilly Kaligithi recently. I thought you ‘d be interested in her report and some of the pictures she sent.


We had a wonderful time together. All our children were home from Spicer College, Bangalore, Rajahmundry, Vizag and Vijayawada. Our children enjoyed the Christmas and New Year special meals. I took them to Perupalem beach on the lst evening just to enjoy the inspiring sights of the sea and sunset. Today I am giving them the last picnic with special meal of the season. Thank you for the money you had sent for Christmas celebrations.

Lily Kaligithi and children from ICC India/Sweet home enjoy the beach

Lily Kaligithi and children from ICC India/Sweet Home visit Perupalem beach

Will you please pass on our grateful thanks to all those who have contributed? School is re-opening tomorrow and we are going to get busy again. Xth and XIIth Graders have Division examinations from the 10th of this month. Please pray for them. The Govt. Board Examinations are fast approaching—Practical examinations are in February and theory in March.

[Here are] the photos of our trip to the Perupalem beach on the lst of Jan, 2011. Children got into the water in the evening. I just want to share this joy with you.

Children from ICC India/Sweet Home enjoy the beach

Children from ICC India/Sweet Home enjoy the beach

With New Year greetings,

Lilly


Notice the emphasis of having all the children home for the holiday. Just like your home, ICC homes provide a sense of family and community to our kids—young and old. What a blessing your donations and support continue to be to our ICC children in India and all the projects of ICC.  Thanks for continuing to make this ministry possible.

Thanks for reading,
Kent Greve
Director International Development ICC

New Year’s Wishes From ICC India/Sweet Home

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Lilly Kaligithi, our director of the ICC children’s village in India sent a New Year’s greeting. I wanted to share this message with you and thank you for your continued support of our ICC Children in India.

Group photo of the ICC India/DEWS Sweet Home Family

The ICC India/Sweet Home Family

We wish you a bright and happy New Year.  May you experience the wonder of God’s abiding love as He guides you through each day of the year. Thank you for all your love and support.

With many loving wishes,
Sweet Home Family


Thanks for reading,
Kent Greve
Director International Development ICC

Monday, November 22nd, 2010
Photo of lightning striking near large tree. ©Travis Hightower. Useage through Creative Commons

©Travis Hightower - Usasge through Creative Commons

We recently received word from Lilly concerning providential care of our children in India. Lilly was indoors when she heard a big bang and saw a frightening flash of light. Lightning had struck a big old tree next to our campus. The tree was uprooted and had fallen across the road. It broke the wall of the school near our property. Power lines were torn down and the tree’s branches were over the children’s village wall, but nothing happened to it. Just a few minutes before the ICC children had returned from special classes. They had just passed where the tree had fallen.

The children’s village was without power for several hours, but we praise God for saving the lives of the children.  As Lily said; “God is great.”

Thanks for reading!

Kent Greve
Director of International Development ICC

Heavy Rains Cause Damage at Sweet Home

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Heavy rains have flooded our Sweet Home Children’s Village in India. According to Lilly Kaligithi, ICC India’s director, “We are unable to go anywhere. Please pray for our district. The whole district is going through this problem. I feel sorry for our plants. Hope they will survive.”

Flooding surrounds one of ICC buildings on our ICC India campus

Flooding surrounds our storage building on our ICC India campus

The rains are causing damage to the houses which were constructed of cement. Water collecting on the roofs is seeping through to the ceilings and dripping onto the floor.

Lilly is concerned about the costs that will be incurred from trying to repair the damages. She says; “I pray that God will send some funds to help us with these repairs. These rains may continue for another four or five days, according to the predictions. We will somehow pull through these few days and perhaps, we can do the repair work before the next monsoon.”

Two of Sweet Home's young men standing shin-deep in flood water.

Two of Sweet Home's young men stand shin-deep in the water that has flooded our ICC India campus.

Please pray for Sweet Home during this difficult time. If you’d like to assist with repairing the homes, please send your donation with a note that says, “India House repairs.”

The entrance road and main gate for ICC India's campus stand flooded from recent heavy rains.

ICC India's main gate and the entrance road stand flooded from recent heavy rains. The road has become impassable for cars, stranding the campus residents.

This is ICC India's garden which has been flooded by the recent heavy rains.

This is ICC India's garden which has been flooded by the recent heavy rains. Sweet Home relies on this garden to provide food for the children.

Thanks for reading!

Kent Greve
International Development Director ICC