Posts Tagged ‘Teluga’

Off to a Good Start, by Back2Back India

March 5, 2010

Since late 2008, Back2Back has been serving orphan children in India. We recently had the opportunity to visit Hyderabad and see how things are going. It was a great trip.

Back2Back Executive Director, Todd Guckenberger, came along. He was able to see each of our ministry sites, meet the directors of those programs and interact with the children.

At Mercy Home Hostel, he was welcomed with a flower garland and the children lined up along the driveway, singing and dancing. That night, the children sang and danced for us again.

They performed traditional India dances set to music with Christian lyrics. Although the words are all in Telugu, the dance moves often demonstrate the love of Christ, breaking the bonds of oppression and showing compassion to others.

The children also recited scripture by memory, including several Psalms and entire Bible chapters.

Using an interpreter, Todd shared a message with the children reminding them that they are each a child of the most high God.

We brought our greetings as well, telling the children how much we missed them and encouraging them to do well in school and grow in Christ.

In the short time we were there, we were able to host a group from the UK who taught new songs, played fun games, provided craft activities and shared the story of Joseph with the children at Eternal Joy Home.

Although we are now living back in the US, our national staff in India has been overseeing the projects started by B2B India. We were happy to see that the children served by B2B were all doing well. Thanks to a generous ongoing donation, we are supplementing the food at the children’s homes to include eggs, milk and fruit. Because of their improved nutrition, we could definitely tell a difference in the health of the children. The girls’ bathroom is still clean and functioning well. Signs in English and Telugu remind them to participate in the care and upkeep of this renovated facility.

Three of the older students are now enrolled in a Bachelor of Education course that will certify them as teachers. Thank you to our donors who are helping to provide care for today and hope for tomorrow for the orphan children in India. Please continue to pray with us for the future of the B2B India ministry and the children we serve.

If you are interested in learning more about joining our staff team in India, please contact Chris Ramos at ramos@back2backministries.org.

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Back to School, by Back2Back India Staff

July 24, 2009

Ahhh, those familiar words…..Have you even thought about “Back to School” yet?

The children in India returned to school in mid-June. Their “summer holiday” is during May when the temperatures reach 115 degrees Fahrenheit. You can imagine how hot a classroom is that doesn’t even have a ceiling fan, let alone A/C, because the school building doesn’t have electricity.

In the state where Back2Back India operates, the local language is Telugu. There are Telugu medium government and private schools in which all instruction is done in Telugu. There are also private English medium schools in which all instruction is in English. Since English is the preferred language of commerce, English medium schools are highly desirable.

Eternal Joy Home is one of the children’s homes that B2B India works with. Last year the children went to a government Telugu medium school that was several kilometers from the children’s home.  There was no transportation provided. The directors and children fervently prayed for a better situation. In June, this home received a huge blessing. The principal of a nearby Catholic English medium school came by and offered to enroll the children in his school and provide bus transportation. What an answer to prayers!

During English class at their new school

During English class at their new school

With this blessing come several challenges. The children, who are up to age twelve, speak only Telugu. They know a few English phrases – “How are you?” “What is your name?” “Praise the Lord!” and sing one or two Bible songs in English. But for the most part, they do not read or comprehend English very well. So all the children were placed in the kindergarten classes to see how they would do. In just a few short weeks, several of them were moved up one or two class levels.

This week I learned that one of the girls is 1st rank (has the highest scores in the class) in Telugu subject. Her brother is 1st rank in Social Studies. And another boy is 1st rank in English! God is so good.

This young boy recently ranked 1st in his class in English

This young boy recently ranked 1st in his class in English

These children have a long way to go in their education but what an awesome opportunity God has provided them! This is a great example of B2B’s vision to break the cycle of poverty with education.  Please pray with us and the children that they continue to do well in school and live out the amazing plan God has for their lives.