As has been the custom for many years, on Saturday 21 December Yesuway Jeevan Mission gave a Christmas gift to each of the 15 boys who live in the hostel and attend the ACCI Elementary School next door to the mission compound. A few of the boys had already left for their Christmas break with family or friends. Warden Nelson, his wife and two children also received gifts. The gift each received was a set of new clothes. After the gifts were distributed everyone enjoyed a special meal as a Christmas treat – biriyani!! (My favourite Indian food – Ernie! 🙂)
Unfortunately, the hostel buildings have not been well maintained by the Indian Conference over the years, and the toilet and bathroom facilities were in very bad shape, and there were no facilities in the dormitories in which the boys could keep their personal clothes and belongings.
Because of two generous gifts from supporters in New Zealand, Advent Christian Mission New Zealand was able to send sufficient funds to enable a total of six toilets, including one for the Warden’s family, to be replaced; washing and showering facilities were upgraded, the plumbing overall was greatly improved and the toilet and bathrooms areas were tiled. A good number of shelves were provided in the dormitories for the boys, so that they cannot no longer give the excuse that “there is nowhere to put their things” when gently chastised by the warden for untidiness!! 🙂
Good quality materials were used for all the new facilities, and it is interesting to note that the shelves in the boys’ dormitory area were constructed from concrete, as were the handwashing facilities in the bathroom – there are many very clever “masons” in India, who can make just about anything from concrete!! As you will see from the pictures below, the renovated areas, together with other areas of the hostel were finished in very bright, modern colours!!
The finished areas look like this… I suggest you put your dark glasses on!!
Please thank the Lord for the Kiwi donors who made these renovations possible, and please pray for Warden Nelson (pictured) and his wife, who do a marvellous job of being father and mother and counsellors to the boys.