2012 LJM Christmas Card
One way you can help us again this year is to download and print out our Annual 2012 Christmas Card by clicking the link above. By sharing our ministry and this card with your family and friends about what we do, it helps us to reach even more people over here that are struggling in these desperate times by allowing God to speak to hearts as we join in faith praying for those who are chosen to respond to be given the chance to do so.
This is a tri-fold .pdf file of our Christmas Card for 2012. Just print it out on both sides of one piece of paper in color and then fold the right side in and then cover it by folding the left side back across the previous fold to match. Just pass it out to all those who you know would be interested for example those in your church, at work, or family & friends at parties. See the story below for more details on what we will be doing this year for our Annual Christmas Campaign.
God Bless you and thanks for sharing! We are praying for you as always! Merry Christmas!
Unto us a child is born, to us a son is given…. (Is. 9:6)
God gave us His Son, Jesus, so all could come to know the love of the Father through Him. What are we going to do with this great gift? This Christmas you can help us again reach out to the masses of souls in need by supporting our annual Christmas Campaign with your prayers for God to touch the hearts of those whom He wishes to give to us in order that we may reach out with His great love. Your gifts of love will reach many with God’s love and grace. Last year, LJM was able to reach almost 1,100 people because of you. Join us again this year by donating now! We have been given many a child by God and thank all those who support us to help nurture each and everyone of them on a monthly basis. God Bless you very much!
Each gift of love costs us $5 per person to buy, sort, ship, and deliver them all across the region.We distribute toys and food to under-privileged children, blankets & coats to the homeless, and food to the less fortunate all the while blessing the ones in our home with a warm season of joy. We hope to celebrate Christmas for the very first time in the deeply remote rural mountains of Nepal. Your gifts of love also support our many programs and services of outreach to get the message of God’s love to the masses!
We’d appreciate all gifts coming into the office by the week of the 10th of December as last year a lot of our programs were hampered when the gifts came in much later. As this is solely done all by faith we need time in hand to know how much to plan to distribute ahead of time based upon the levels of giving.
Thank you for sharing the love of God with those who live each day without hope!
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In May of this year, most all of our students took advantage of the summer holiday due to extreme heat conditions here to go visit relatives while on break. Most of the US has experienced very similar conditions in one of the hottest summers on record as 2012′s first half was considered the warmest on record! While on holiday, five of our students participated in a Pan-India Karate Tournament where karate students from all across the country gathered and competed in a full-fledged karate tournament. Three of our students were able to bring home trophies! We are so excited for them and their great efforts! Congratulations!
Very early each morning after devotions, our students take training in karate to offer them an understanding of discipline and focus to have gain control over their own bodies and help them to learn how they can do so much more with themselves than they thought possible. It is very healthy for both the mind and body. We would like to thank everyone who is supporting us to enhance the lives of our students so they can see that they can go far and achieve great things when they put their heart and soul into it!
This past Spring two of our high school students, Zaffar Khan and Prabhakar Biswas completed their first year in a nearby high school. We currently are unable to offer any kind of high school program at our school due to the great expense in getting the proper accreditation from the authorities and in maintaining such a program.
They are now enrolled in their second year–the Sophomore year– as the “wise” (sophos in the original) young men of today who are “fools” (more in the original — hence sophomore means “wise fool”) in search of knowledge. We are excited for their opportunity and hope to see two more students enrolling in the high school next Spring as freshmen as well.
Zaffar has done remarkably well scoring at the top of his class only second to the principal’s daughter in the entire school. We are very proud of both Prabhakar and Zaffar for their hard work in continuing their education. We congratulate Zaffar on his high achievement and wish them both continued success in their futures.
Both will be taking the nationwide required exam of all Class X (or Grade 10) this coming Spring in 2013. Please continue to pray for them as this is a very difficult exam taken by every student in India as required by the government. Only those who pass can continue in their education. It is because of your continued love, prayers, and support we can continue to effect the lives of young men and women like these two students to do well in their studies given a chance and to succeed in becoming a productive educated member of society.
Zaffar once said that before he came to our school he roamed the streets of Kolkata “like an animal” with no purpose or hope for a future just to simply become a beast of burden to do someone else’s labor and eat whatever scraps may come his way. Now he is doing quite well in his studies and hopes to help the ministry after he completes his education.
Prabhakar is a local student who does not live in our school but has attended as a day scholar for a great many years. His desire is to become a doctor to help the sick in the future. Both of these students wish to thank God and everyone who is making it possible for them to continue their education.
This winter most of the work was completed allowing our girls to be moved into their dormitory after spending many years in our Medical Center while the work was slowly ongoing over time as funds became available. A one-time donation made it possible to complete most of the work–enough for them to be able to move in. We are looking to hire a female staff member to stay with them though, as to ensure they are properly taken care of. We ask for your prayers for this request and the resources to make it happen.
For a long time some of the boys stayed in a temporary shelter made up of plastics and lumber of sorts. Recently we have also been working on a more permanent solution by building them a proper place to stay. A lot more work is yet to be done as it requires a great deal which can be completed when the funds become available, but some beds and other construction has been done again thanks to a one-time gift making it possible. We are also looking for a set of house parents to stay with them as well to oversee them. Pray for these resources to become available so we can finish these much needed projects and hire the proper staffs to help us better see to the children’s needs.
All of us here at Lord Jesus Ministry in Asia truly hope you have the happiest New Year in 2012. Those of you following us know we have made a lot of changes for the New Year. One of those changes was our school near the village Gangnapur now begins the new academic school year in January. This year classes open in session on the 16th of January. Our annual start up costs just for a new school year alone in Gangnapur is about $1750 USD for new textbooks, uniforms, and all the various school supplies needed for our students who live in our Orphanage Home with 24 hour care. Also, two of our students require prayers and costly medical attention at this time. Read more »
Ramdhari Sahani Ahiyapur
Just to the north of us is a man named Ramdhari Sahani Ahiyapur who lives now in the nearby Indian state of Bihar with a mission. Years ago, he was a drug smuggler trafficking various drugs across the region and across the border of the neighboring nation of Nepal. Then one day he was caught. In an Indian jail, often one only survives by one’s family support as food and medicines are hard to come by and not always provided by the prison, so this man had to go to the jailer for assistance, but what he wanted most was some alcohol. He said he literally begged his keeper to give him the alcohol to douse his pain. The jailer, being a believer in Christ, offered him instead something of more sustenance in the form of Jesus Christ Who in John 4 told the woman at the well, “Everyone who drinks this water will become thirsty again. But whoever drinks the water that I will give him will never become thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become a well of water for him, springing up to eternal life.” Read more »