New Hope Rural Leprosy Trust
New Hope Rural Leprosy Trust: Kottovaslu and Muniguda, Michael entered India 2 days earlier this mission and travelled to Northern Andhra Pradesh and Western Orissa to meet up with 6 local Pastors from Visakhapatnam who would be introduced to Michael by Eliazar and Ruth Rose who head up the “New Hope Rural Leprosy Trust India”. Their work mainly consists of 2 orphanages for children and a privately owned hospital dedicated in the area of cataract eye surgery.
New Hope Rural Leprosy Trust: After many years of support to New Hope via Michael’s remote internet knowledge, he was finally on the ground to see the work there and was completely humbled by what he saw. Having met Eliazar and Ruth in Australia before, his knowledge of Eliazar’s work and seeing it in real life was 2 different things.
I.e. some years earlier Eliazar found and abandoned Orissa Indian girl (12 years old) crawling about naked in a remote village begging for food (physically disabled and malnourished) abandoned by her parents. Eliazar moved into that village for some months to feed the girl and gain local acceptance by the tribal elders. Once he gained the confidence of the Elders and the said family, they gave permission for him to attempt fixing this girls disability by taking her to the orphanage and hospital in Muniguda.
New Hope Rural Leprosy Trust
Some months later the girl’s disability was understood and she was taught how to deal with it via therapy, a mobile chair was made especially for her and her primary problem was dealt with. Eliazar being Eliazar he did not finish there, he intensely educated the girl for some months in basic maths and business. Some Australians provided some basic building materials for the girl and her future via the New Hope website. A small basic shop taking into account her special needs was built in the original village. The shop was painted in New Hope colours and opened for business with basic knick knacks and produce for the local area.
Michael was taken to this remote village and was humbled by what he saw in practical Kingdom work, this young woman is now the richest woman in the village (Loaning money to the locals when needed) with a thriving business which has a great impact in the wider community of that area. This is only one example of a dozen types of projects in the area by the folks at New Hope India.
New Hope Rural Leprosy Trust: The local Pastors in the area (6 in total who speak a whole new dialect, Orissa) met with Michael for an introductory meeting during his visit were some basic principles of the Kingdom were shared. They expressed a desire to learn more of the Kingdom of God and requested that we return soon to visit with them for some teaching. Michael left for Chennai to meet up with Patrick and Gladstone, knowing that the Christian social workers at the New Hope Rural Leprosy Trust had indeed shown him practical on the ground examples of expanding God’s Kingdom into remote Indian villages in ways that only the Lord can do through a willing servant.
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