Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Can't wait to worship our Lord alongside you!!!

Romans 12:1-2
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is- His good, pleasing, and perfect will.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas

One of the best things we can do in the Christmas season is go out and share the greatest gift that God has given to us. So we decided to go to Okhimath, a place where the Lord opened a door for us last year to preach the gospel. But this is winter, and after driving for about 150 miles, we realized that not many people leave there, and the water is frozen, so we spent one night in the camp and returned to Kirtinagar, where on the 22nd we had a Christmas program. Three years before, Asha and Deepak went there to share the love of God to the people of the hills, and it took them that long to win the trust of their neighborhood. God blessed their labors, and they could harvest few souls for the Kingdom. Our team (Ajay, Amit, Lucky, Gopal, Ratan, Ritu, Barkha, Grishma, Himanshu, Subham, Ganesh, Bobby, Levi and I) left in different times to go to Okhimath and Kirtinagar.

It was the best way we could spend the last days of this year, fellowshiping with each other and sharing the love of God with people.

I have learned that a mission team allows each member of the team to develop their God-given potential, and when we move as a team while sharing responsibilities, we can do wonders. The impact was amazing. On the last day of our trip, we all were talking and sharing, singing till 2 a.m. We were celebrating in the presence of God. There is no doubt in my heart that the boys are looking forward to this kind of mission trip. It has indeed triggered our passion for the Lord.

We could not take any pictures in the high hills, but please enjoy the few pictures which we were able to capture on this trip.

May God bless you all, and wish you a MERRY CHRISTMAS.

Blessings,
Ashish


We had a truck fully loaded for this trip.


On the way to Okhimath.


Our Children always ready to do the best for Jesus, our Lord.






Sharing the meaning of Christmas to the neighbors of Deepak and Asha.
There is no greater joy than to introduce Jesus to those who don't know Him.

The boys sealing the moment, before returning Home, Sweet Home.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

I'll see you soon

Romans 12:6-13

Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness. Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.

Kamu

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Impacting the Society in the Christmas Season


Oh! What a day it was for all of us, the biggest Christmas celebration ever, we had targeted the non-christian friends of ours, to make this occasion an opportunity to share the love of God. On this occasion we had invited the topmost political leader of Mussoorie, along with him were the vice-chairman of the Cantt Board and our Word member, Mrs. Kamal Sharma. It was a kind of bold step that we had taken, and surely God has honored us. We purposely avoided to invite any church members from other churches of Mussoorie, whoever wanted to come, they came. Since, it was for the first time that we were doing an event, I was bit nervous, and called few of my pastor friends from Mussoorie, Pastor Edwin and Pastor Sohan, and Uncle Swami, to get some moral support from their presence.
Brother Girish and Lata had done a hard work for the nativity drama. The responsibility to prepare the choir was upon Bro.Om Prakash. And to preach on this occasion was on Pastor Dhan Prakash. They all did a great job.
Almost all our neighbors had come to be a part of this Christmas celebration.

All glory to God. We are looking forward to this kind of steps more in the days to come.



Our chief guest Mr.Jot Singh Gunsola (2nd from right, the man with green cap, who is the top leader of Mussoorie, with the vice-chairman of the Cantonment Mr.C.P.Biloni, 2nd from the left)

We had a ground full guests.


Bobby with his new friends from Dehradun.


Bro.Girish and Lata supervised the nativity drama.


Some of our local leaders, whom we had invited for the Christmas program.


Brother Om leading the choir.


Anu with Deborah waiting for the chief guest Mr.Jot Singh Gunsola,(Member of the State Legislative Assemblies), with the flower.


Two of our guests dancer from another local church whom we had invited to perform, did a spell bound performance.


The girls from our Dehradun Home performing in the Christmas progam.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Our Happy Boys, Always Grateful for Life

I am always grateful for God's calling upon my life for this children. And how can I express my heartfelt gratitude for the love and support that we receive from our NHDH family, whom God has given to us.

Today most of them finished their final exams in their schools.So the Christmas celebration begun from today. May the dear Lord be glorified in and through each one of this great family, in this season of Advent. As we focus this entire season on the celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ in his First Advent, and the anticipation of the return of Christ the King in his Second Advent.Let's remind ourselves that we live "between the times" and are called to be faithful stewards of what is entrusted to us as God’s people.

May God richly bless you.

Ashish

Here are few recent photos of our children.


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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Bablu's Engagement


Bablu giving a romantic smile to his future wife Vishakha, with Joe sharing his own joyful smile!


Seema, Vishakha, Ajay, Bobby, Bablu and Ashish celebrating a most joyous occasion. Wish you could be here with us.


Bobby, Ajay and Diler enjoying the ceremony.


Offering prayer and thanksgiving to God who is always faithful.


Seema gives 7 types of fruits (symbolizing prosperity) as a gift to the bride.


Joe shares on the occasion as Dhan translates.



Vishakha and her mother.


Rev. Asher Wasker, a cousin of Bro. Girish and Vishakha's pastor, officiates the engagement ceremony.

Bablu, the first boy of our children's home, got engaged to Vishakha on the 7th of October. The Lord is so faithful to Bablu in providing him such a loving family as the one from which Vishakha comes. And it was so wonderful to have Joe's presence for this occasion.

And Indian engagements is more like a pre-wedding ceremony. While technically, Bablu has no one except his God-given family, Vishakha comes from a very large family. I believe God has compensated for what the enemy had stolen from Bablu’s life by giving him such a big family.
Vishakha comes from a very godly family: her mother is a pastor of one of the growing churches in Dehradun. She has one brother and one sister, both younger than her and both in the ministry serving the Lord.

At a normal engagement party in India 50 to 60 people attend, but we were amazed to see about 200 people at this engagement, which was sort of a wedding ceremony.

Joe paid a short visit to Mussoorie from 7th-10th of October, so grabbing this opportunity, Bablu decided to get engaged, knowing that Joe should be his "father" in asking the girl's father for the wedding. In the traditional Indian engagement ceremony, which is called “Mangni” (literary meaning "asking"), the boy’s family go to the girl’s family. The father of the girl asks before everyone the purpose of their visit. The boy’s father says, "We have come here to ask for the hand of your daughter in marriage to our son." If the girl’s father agrees (which is already an open secret by now), then the ceremony begins by exchanging vows.

God willing, Bablu and Vishakha will marry the middle of 2012.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

A New Work Is Started



Seema and Anu with two of our rescued girls Deepali and Shalina, who is only two years old.


Above Muskan,Anuja and Afsana in the picture.


Above, Brother Moses who has freely given us his house.




My father Pastor Abraham with the girls.




Below, Bobby and Guddu, with Radha, who is two and half year old girl.

I am so excited to announce a new work that the Lord has begun here in Dehradun. My sister Anu, who had a great desire and burden from the Lord to have a Home for the daughters of the women who are being forcefully sold into prostitution in New Delhi.
We have rescued 7 girls so far, this is a miracle. We are aiming to take 10 girls now.Brother Stan and Sister Lana, whom the last team had met in New Delhi are partnering with this project. But, I am so thrilled to see the boys owning these small girls when they came straight to Mussoorie before going to Dehradun. One of my best friend and my prayer partner Brother Prakash Moses has graciously given us freely his house in Dehradun to use for this work.
On the 10th Sept, Levi's Birthday, we dedicated this work. Few of our big boys, with Brother Girsh, Lata and Om were present there from Mussoorie. My father Pastor Abraham and my youngest sister Amreeta were also present there, along with many local people from Dehradun.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

The Soccer Tournament

We had a nail-biting three matches with the Woodstock students, the first match the boys won by 3-2, the second team had the best players of Woodstock, our boys crumbled against them, lost 0-5, oops, it was painful, but the third match, they won by 3-0.

Here are some of the pictures that were taken during the games.

Thanks to the Woodstock School for inviting our boys to participate in the game.








Tuesday, August 23, 2011

An Unusual Evening Devotion


This evening Jeydev was leading worship, and was so happy to see him doing this job. The Lord has a special favor on this boy, when ever he leads worship he starts the song, and to my utter amazement he can really sing well. All the boys get excited whenever Jeydev leads worship. So when they finished singing songs, I was expecting that Ajay would come to the front and share from the word of God as he has been given a book to study. I wanted to hear what he shares, as he is a good teacher, that’s what I have discovered lately.
But the boys told me that, today it is Jeydev’s turn to lead worship and preach. Well, I was not prepared for that though. I have never heard him preaching, but seeing the boys excitement to hear him, I had to become quiet. He does not know how to read, and I could see him holding the New Testament upside down.
And Jeydev started with a question. Aap sab kaise hein? (How are you all doing?), the boys responded we are doing well. Then he said, read Matthew 25:25, one of the boys started reading, “So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.” That’s all, Jeydev finished his preaching with that. Wow! Sure enough I got what the Lord wanted me to convey. This is a part of that story, where a man on the journey entrusts his property to his servant. To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. The man who had received the five talents went at once and put his money to work and gained five more. So also, the one with the two talents gained two more. But the man who had received the one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master's money.
Well, the Lord has just recently reminded me from this text that, He not only wants me to be faithful but also to be fruitful”. So for me the word coming from Jeydev is not an accident, but God wanted to convey to all of us that each of us has been entrusted with something, we must use that for his glory. Now whatever Jeydev has been entrusted he has done with that excellent, beyond my imagination.

So immediately after Jeydev finished his preaching, I called up Sunil, Rahul, Prince, Lucky and Mahender up to the front and asked them to share from their heart what the Lord has been telling them these days, Sunil could not say anything at the beginning, so I told others to share.
Lucky shared from Gal.3:2, that we have received the Holy Spirit not by the works of the law but by faith.
Rahul shared from Luke 11:5, about the need of the persistence in prayer, and the promise of how God will answer our prayers.
Prince shared from Isa.43:1-2 But now, this is what the LORD says — he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. How this promise has strengthen him in his life’s journey.
Mahender shared about the need of obedience, as he saw a warning from the life of Pharaoh how God’s punishment fell on Egypt because of this one man’s continual disobedience.
Well It was a powerful time of bringing forth the gifts and talent of each boys. When the service was over I was praying alone, and could hear the Lord’s voice saying to me, I have entrusted these boys into your hand and have gone on a journey. I will come back and you will have to give me an account to me. I see the hand of the Lord upon each boys and my prayer is Lord help me so that I may be fruitful for your glory.

Woodstock's Invitation for the Soccer Tournament

Dear Mr. Ashish,

The Woodstock Goalathon Tournament will be held on Thursday and Friday after school, and Saturday (probably from the morning to afternoon).

This is basically how this game will work.
Each team can have as many sponsors as the team can find. Each sponsor will plege an amount of money that he/she will be paying if the team scores one goal. The number of goals will be cumulated through out the tournament. So for example, I pledge to give Rs 20 for each goal FIRS score, and throughout the tournament FIRS scored 20 goals, then I'll be paying Rs 400. This is how it will work.

This is more of a tournament for FUN and FUNDRAISING. It is a competition, but please let the boys know that they should enjoy themselves and just have fun.

Here are some information for you all to take notice of.

-) We've already told Bobby that all the boys participating should be above the age of 14 and below the age of 20.
-) It is a rule of the Woodstock Gynasium that no black-sole shoes should be worn on the field.
-) In each game, 7 people will be on a team-5(including a goal keeper) will be on the field and 2 will be substitutes.
-) The rules for a soccer game will be applied.
No hand balls.
No pushing.
Goal keeper is allowed to touch the ball with his hand within the 3 pointer.. (If the boys do not know that region is, we can show them later.)
Although there is no Red card or Yellow card.

All boys are welcome to join and watch the match even if they are not the participants of any games.
We will be mailing a more precise schedule for Goalathon tomorrow. Sorry for informing you the date this late since it wasn't confirmed until two days ago.
We've already told the school that the money raised by FIRS will go to the use of higher education (college, etc). We (NHS) will be handling the sponsor part for FIRS.

Also this is just for information, the tournament will not be played on grass so flat soled shoes would be the only option. Normal walking/ running shoes are perfectly fine. if you can then please try to make sure the shoes dont have all black soles.

The first match will probably be on this Thursday and we will send you the details about time sometime soon.
also if you could please let us know how many of the firs boys will be coming down to watch so we can order dinner for them over here.

If you have any questions or concern please let us know.

Thank You,

Uddhav and Liang Yun
Head of NHS

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Friday, July 29, 2011

Introducing Our New Boys

The boy with the cap is Ajay. He is Sunita's son who lost her husband the day after we met her and gave away her baby boy to one of the servants of the Lord. We took him few months back. He is bit poor in studies. The big boy is Mohit, who lost his father few years back, but finished his 9th Class with much difficulty while doing part time job. We wanted to give him a platform to shine for Lord Jesus. The third boy is Gajender, who is a cousin to Anil and Sandeep. The grandma brought this boy here a few months ago.



Below is the picture of Himanshu, who comes from Munsiyari, the village of Puspa and Lata. This boy comes from a very poor family, but he proved himself by studying in a difficult situation. If we had not taken him, he would have to stop his studies. So when he passed his tenth, we took him to help him in his further studies. We believe that God has a great plan for this boy and he will be a channel of blessing to many in the days to come.



This is Sachin, with Promod. He comes from a very poor family. He lost his father last year, and his mother was unable to take care of the four children, so we took him. He goes to the playschool with Promod, Levi and David. He does not speak Hindi, and it is fun to watch him as he speaks to the boys in Garhwali language.




This is our newest boy, just received him this Wednesday. His name is Madan. His parents left him. When I heard about him, I felt that this is another Bablu: his parents have left him and the people with whom he was staying have tortured him a lot. His back is burnt and he has scars all over his body. There are deep marks in his wrists from the ropes that they used to tie him.
I am glad he has come here, but is very mischievous, always fighting with the boys for something. I know it is because of the rough background that he comes from. Need your prayers for him.