Children's Home in Chennai (Madras) India
& Dorrie pastor a church in India which has grown
dramatically and minister to more than 1,000 children.
Many are extremely poor. In 2003, we purchased property
to build the children's home. Construction was completed
at the end of 2004. It is a prime location for a home
for children as we are a short walk from two Christian
schools, and a Christian hospital. The home will have
a capacity of up to 30 children, with a potential
to expand to 70. Plans include purchasing adjacent
property to enable the home to supply some of its
is the director of the home, and provides the following
report of the first arrivals. January was a very exciting
month for us. On January 5, we opened the Elim Children’s
Home, and now there are 12 boys living there. Most
of them are what the government calls semi-orphans,
they only have one living parent. I would prefer to
take children that have no one at all, but often,
a child with one parent is in as desperate a situation
as the child with none. One of our four year olds
asked the other if wanted to go home to his Mother?
The little boy said that he did not. The boys feel
so loved, wanted and cared for, that they have adjusted
very well to life in the home
Turks and Caicos Islands
Home Turks and Caicos Islands.
and Caicos Islands is a collection of about 70 islands,
of which 7 are inhabited. The largest island is Providenciales,
a popular tourist destination. The Capital is on Grand
Turk. TCI is a British protectorate, and therefore
English speaking, using American money, and with a
close relationship with Canada. Its population of
35,000 is made up of roughly 7000 native islanders,
8,000 Jamaicans, and 16,000 Haitians, and 4,000 from
35 or so other countries.
are well underway on the Children’s Home in
Providenciales TCI. The home located in the paradise
like setting will care for up to 12 children in a
family like environment. With the rapid development
of the islands, the social infrastructure has not
been able to keep pace. The home will fill a very
great need to look after those children who are most
at risk in the islands. It is the first of its kind
on the island.
are currently helping 4 children living in foster
care with education needs.
and Carol McGovarinl
is set up to teach residential electricity
Beginnings School Turks and Caicos Islands
New Beginnings School was started in TCI in September
2004 with the intent of helping teens and young adults
who are unable to obtain employment due to lack of
skills. Fred and Carol McGovarin, from Peterborough
Ontario Canada, volunteered to direct the school initially
as a short term mission. Fred has worked as a shop
teacher, started and operated a paving company, and
has been a football coach. They now feel they are
called to serve for an indefinite time.
school helped 10 young adult boys receive a new hope
last fall by providing them with some basic skills
for working with residential electricity. They all
discovered the transforming power and hope that comes
through believing in Jesus Christ. This term 16 students
at night, and 9 during the day. Carol runs a literacy
program for 6 young women.
school has enjoyed the support of the Ministry of
Education from the outset. That support has now translated
into the hiring of 5 new teachers for the school and
extending the program to include necessary core subjects.
Fred continues to be the director of the school, and
encouraged to maintain its Christ centred direction,
and targeting those young adults with continuing education
Term Mission Project
short term mission project in November 2005 is supporting
the efforts of Hands at Work Zambia which is working
in several centres in Zambia, under the auspices of
the South African parent organization and our sister
churches in Zambia. The group provides community services
in the form of a Home Based Care System, shelter,
skills training and education for orphaned children
of AIDS, medical and food relief, and creates small
businesses for employment and economic relief. The
efforts have had a significant impact in the communities
where it is operating,
team, will work with AIDS victims, and children in
care, and education, as well as the construction and
setting up of orphanage facilities.
goal is to sponsor a children's home in this region
starting in 2006.