Dear Friends and Family,
Thank you for your prayer and love for our ministry—we could not have survived 2015 without your help! I want to share three important things with you and also share how you can be involved and have an impact with us this year!
1) Disaster in Chennai
There was a massive flood from November 14th through December 16th that devastated our little town of Chennai. I will try to describe the aftermath, but it’s difficult to put into words.
We lost power for more than 3 days at a stretch, had on and off power for over 4 weeks, and there was 4 feet of water inside the children's home campus (the worst hit areas had over 9 feet of water). Outside, there was no access to gas stations or grocery stores because the roadways were obstructed and unusable due to flooding. This also created a breeding ground for mosquitoes which began to spread disease. The airports, hospitals, and train stations were even closed. The price of groceries soared because of high demand and short supply—and people were left fighting for basic necessities like food and clean water. Despite the devastation, the government provided zero support or medical relief.
Thankfully, the floods began receding the 18th of December just in time for our wonderful Christmas Celebration on the 20th. We couldn’t have made it in our own strength—God saw us through. Thank you for your unfailing prayers!
I'm not exaggerating when I say we felt like we were left behind from Noah’s ark!
2) Help Arrives!
We could not have survived without you! Our children received sweaters, a pair of socks and shoes and toys specially donated from our friends here in America. They were so excited, they were beyond thrilled with their gifts and savored every bit of their scrumptious Christmas meal. I've attached a few pictures to this email for you to get a glimpse of their pure glee.
3) Big changes in 2016!
We are taking some major steps to grow and improve the ministry in 2016. We are adding a board member or two (I will formally introduce them in the next email) and are taking steps to improve our donor systems, our communications, and our operations. We are also researching ways to improve our website, our brand, even our ministry name. I look forward to sharing more of this with you in the coming months, but for now, just know that big things are ahead and we are so thankful for you and your support!
God is good and He is good all the time! I pray that you and yours have a blessed year.
Love from all of us here,
Judith Jacob Sid