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Volume 8 MAY 2014


Annual Home of Compassion Orphanage Update Annual Home of Compassion Orphanage Update Annual Home of Compassion Orphanage Update Annual Home of Compassion Orphanage Update
The Home of Compassion orphanage children with
Lowell and Kathy along with Pastor Richards family.
Home of Compassion Home of Compassion Home of Compassion Home of Compassion
Orphanage has been able to Orphanage has been able to Orphanage has been able to Orphanage has been able to
provide a Christ provide a Christ provide a Christ provide a Christ- -- -like home like home like home like home
for children because of your for children because of your for children because of your for children because of your
compassion and generosity. compassion and generosity. compassion and generosity. compassion and generosity.
These children were rescued These children were rescued These children were rescued These children were rescued
from desperation and given from desperation and given from desperation and given from desperation and given
a hope for the future. a hope for the future. a hope for the future. a hope for the future.
Thank you so much! Thank you so much! Thank you so much! Thank you so much!
Birthday Parties! Birthday Parties! Birthday Parties! Birthday Parties!
We want to thank everyone who sponsored a birthday party. Unlike most children
in the US, the poor children of India are not able to celebrate their birthdays. They
never had a celebration of their lives before coming to live at the orphanage. Now
their birthdays are special and filled with cake, ice cream, and fun!

This year we
celebrate 8 years
at the Home of
To learn more about
sponsoring a birthday
celebration, please see the
enclosed sheet.
Christmas 2013
Every child living at the Home of Compassion
orphanage received a new outfit and a selection of gifts for
Christmas! In these photos, the boys and girls are wearing their
new clothing and holding one of the gifts they received on
Christmas day. ICII and the children want to say thank you to
their sponsors for giving them a wonderful Christmas!
A huge thank you to all of you who sent an extra gift last
year so that your child could have a wonderful Christmas!
All of the kids at the Home of Compassion Orphanage had
so much fun and completely enjoyed their Christmas
celebration. The children loved all of their gifts and their
new clothes. They truly feel how much their sponsors love
them for providing these gifts! The children are
always so excited to share with their sponsors how
thankful they are for their presents each year! To save
postage each year, we will post photos of the orphanage
children with their gifts on our website. We will try to have
all their photos posted sometime in January 2015.
Dont forget to check for your childs photo!

For additional Christmas photos visit our website:
Stalin Anand
Muthaiya Raj Kumar
Manson Veeran
Surya Prahash
Tamilarasan Suthersan
Rajee Emimaal
Saranya Christy Venila
Helen Mary
For more photos of the Home of Compassion 2013, see our blog on our website:
As with every year, the largest program that is conducted is VBS. Throughout Tamil Nadu, thousands of
children are taught stories and songs about Jesus, and shown His love in ways that they have never experi-
enced. This year in 30 villages surrounding the Home of Compassion Orphanage, VBS classes were held in
the evenings, conducted by ICII missionaries, Bible School students, and the older children living at the HOC
orphanage. Bible lessons were taught, songs were sung, memory verses were memorized, skits were per-
formed, and games were played, reaching an average of 50 children in each village.
Before the VBS program began this year, the HOC Orphanage kids shared, Our main burden this year for the
VBS is to share the gospel with the children who have never heard the gospel. Each of us wants to go to up to
8 villages so we can share the gospel to the children so they can come to the Lord, they can come to church,
and they can get baptized. We want to equip them also so they can bring their friends to the church. We know
lots of children in the villages who follow different gods, we want to tell them that Jesus is the true God. We
want everyone to get saved.
One of the HOC kids gave a testimony about how she benefited by being a teacher: Some of the other teach-
ers and I were angered by the bad behavior of some of the kids as we were trying to teach. They would act up
while we were singing songs and teaching the lessons. This experience taught us self-control and how to trust
Jesus even more when we are being tested.
Chinnakkal, Vennila, and a handful of the other VBS
teachers worked to put together special gift packs for each
of the kids who participated in this years vacation Bible
school. Each pack included a small stainless steel dinner
plate, a comb, a toothbrush and toothpaste, a small pack of
Marie biscuits, a pencil, a New Testament Bible, a Gospel of
John, and a kids Gospel tract. The children in the remote
villages were very excited to receive their prizes.
A few days after the VBS final day celebrations were over, Pastor
Richard took the available VBS teachers on a day trip to thank them
for their hard work. Pastor Richard took everyone to Thekady,
Kerala. The first stop was a waterfall, where everyone was able to
play in the water. Then they went to a nature preserve and took an
hour long pontoon boat ride to view the birds, buffalo, and other ani-
mals that live on the land. Among the attendees were Chinnakkal
and Karthika who really enjoyed the tour.
This year the VBS Final Celebration was different than in
years past. We held a meeting for the children local to
Vadipatti at the Compassion Prayer House next to the HOC
Orphanage; a little over 350 children attended to share the
many things they learned during the VBS program. The re-
maining villages celebrated individually with their teachers.
One boy shared, Now I know that Jesus loves me and I am
looking forward to learning more about Him at church. One
village did experience some opposition when a drunk man
disturbed the lessons and tried to chase everyone away; the children were
not deterred and quickly found a new place to meet. All of the children
asked for Bibles and accepted the Lord in their hearts. A new childrens
church has been started in the village at their request.
Testimonies at Home of Compassion Orphanage: Every year when we interview the children living at the Home
of Compassion (HOC) orphanage, it brings us such hope to hear how each one is growing, learning, and experienc-
ing more of Jesus. The children are happy, healthy, hopeful for their futures and grateful for the ways that they were
rescued from the bleakness of their pasts. Love and compassion have changed their lives forever; provision and a
family setting have given them something they werent able to receive from their blood relatives. Each of the
children told us what they like most about HOC, what they want to be when they grow up, and some shared testi-
monies of how God is using them. Here is what a few of the children shared:
What I like best about Home of Compassion:
God gave me a new life here at the home. He healed me from sick-
ness and I no longer get any beatings. I like the food here and I feel
a lot of love here at the home. (Sasikalaage 10)

When I lived in my home, I didnt have enough food to eat and I
couldnt go to school, but since I came here, I dont have to worry
about food and I can do my studies. Jesus has blessed me, and I
have learned a lot of discipline here. (Suseeage 11)

In my family I suffered a lot. When I would get in trouble my uncle
would burn me with a hot iron. But since I have been living here at
this home I have been very happy. I have learned a lot with my edu-
cation. (Vijayalakshmi age 16)
What I want to be when I grow up:
A doctorbecause I want to help other people. (Karthikaage 12)

I want to serve the Lord (Veeranage 14)

"One day a girl came to the school from an-
other part of Tamil Nadu as an exchange stu-
dent. After a week this girl was really de-
pressed and one day she drank the poison.
The nursing school saved her life. I was able
to sit with her and I shared the gospel to her
and told her that Jesus has a purpose in her
life. Now she has accepted Christ and she is
doing well. I am also sharing the gospel to
some friends at school and some of them also
have received Jesus into their lives!" (Helen Mary age 17)
Growing a Spiritual Life
Spiritual growth is very important at the HOC
Orphanage. Every morning and evening the
children have a time of praise and prayer. They
have a group Bible study twice a week and at-
tend church on Sundays. They have also been
growing in their personal prayer lives, spending
time alone with God. The children share, We
intercede for the ministry and we pray for our sponsors. Our heart burden
is to reach souls. We feel like we have unity here. When we go to school
the teachers know that we are good, obedient children.

Helen Mary treating a badly infected foot.
Helen Mary
Home of Compassion Children Reach Out to Those with Leprosy
Helen Mary and her sister came from a very poor leprosy colony and were both in
danger of being sold into prostitution. ICII missionaries learned about their situa-
tion and rescued them from a life that would have completely ruined their child-
hood and lives forever. After first living at ICIIs Promised Land Childrens Home
for a few years, Helen Mary grew in her love for Jesus and had a desire to go to
nursing school so she could help people with leprosy. Through the love of ICII
sponsors, Helen Mary had the chance to go to nursing school and is about to com-
plete her first year of studies. She is living at the HOC orphanage while attending
nursing school since the school is in the same area. The Lord is using Helen Mary
in amazing ways to touch many hurting lives for Christ. At least twice a month
Helen Mary and one of the other children from HOC as her assistant will treat the
wounds of those with leprosy at ICIIs church service. This service is just for those
with leprosy. Helen Mary shared; I want to help the people with leprosy and the poor
people. The nursing school I am really enjoying. I go to the government hospital and I will
be giving shots for polio in different villages to the children. I am doing well in my studies.
When Helen Mary treats these leprosy victims wounds, she does it in complete
love and gentleness. She is setting a wonderful example of how much Jesus loves
and cares for them. Through your sponsorship, this is a perfect example of a life
that was saved from child slavery into one that is glorifying Jesus!
Karthika helping Helen Mary
to wrap the wounds.
Sometimes it is fun to look back at the past and see how God has changed lives for the better.
Featured are three of the girls who were rescued from a life of poverty eight years ago
and the awesome ways that their lives have transformed since coming to live
at the Home of Compassion Orphanage when it began.
Chinnakkal was 8 years old when she came to the orphan-
age. Her father had died when she was young and her
mother had been killed. She had never been to school and
spent her days with her nearly blind grandfather who could
not provide her needs. As an outcast, she had no future.
Now she is 16 and getting ready to start her final year in
High school, finishing last year with very good grades. Her
favorite class this year was accounting. She continues to be
a top scorer for her Kabadi team, one of the top teams in
Tamil Nadu. She loves doing village ministry and teaching
VBS classes. She shares, Every time I go to school I share
the gospel with my friends. This year I even got to share the
gospel with another [Kabadi] team that my school was play-
ing against. Two of the other team members accepted the
Lord! She is excited for what the next year will bring and is
looking forward to her future.
Venila, now 16, was also 8 years old when she came to
live at the orphanage. Both her parents abandoned her
and her sister, leaving them with their grandmother. While
her grandmother worked all day to try to provide for the
girls, at a very young age she had to keep the house
carry water, find fire wood, cook, clean, etc.all while car-
ing for her younger sister. She never had the chance to be
a child. Today, she is thriving, studying well and getting
ready to finish High School next year. This year her favor-
ite subject in school was English and she really loves to
play chess. Venila expresses a desire to be a missionary
in the future, already participating in helping conduct vil-
lage ministry, Bible studies, and VBS. She shares, I want
to be a missionary because many people do not know
about Jesus and I want to share the gospel because many
people are lost. Her future is filled with joy and hope.
Karthika came to the orphanage at the age of 4. Her fam-
ily was torn apart through violence and she was sent to
live with her uncle. With so many of his own children in
the house already, her uncle sold her off to be a house
slave, required to do whatever work her owners wanted
her to do. Nearly a baby, she was forced to beg for food
to stay alive. Since coming to live at the orphanage, she
has had the opportunity to be a child, to grow up sur-
rounded by other children to play with, to go to school
and learn, and to eat three meals a day without having to
beg for it. This year she is 12 and just completed 7th
grade; she is a good student. She has a very compas-
sionate heart, and loves caring for animals and children
who are smaller than her. Though her life started out
without any prospects, today she anticipates what God
will do in her life as she continues to grow in His grace.
Give a gift that will change lives for all eternity...
Please kindly cut out this box and send with check or money order.
[ ] I want to sponsor an orphanage for $_____ (write amount) per month.
[ ] I want to sponsor a native missionary for $30 per month.
[ ] I want to sponsor a leprosy colony for $_____ (write amount) per month.
[ ] I would like to give a one time gift to help provide the needs of Independent Church
in India of the amount of $______.
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How you can get more involved! How you can get more involved! How you can get more involved! How you can get more involved!
Sponsors will receive a photo
and testimony of the native mis-
sionary they are helping to sup-
port, and updates on orphanage
and leprosy colony sponsorships.
Each sponsor will also have
opportunities to
purchase their sponsored
person additional gifts to
help them even more.
Independent Church in Indias Sponsorship Programs:
1). Sponsor the Orphanage - Sponsor one of ICIIs homes for children. This will
help to cover extra expenses of the home. For a gift of any amount per month you
can be a part of all the childrens lives that live at one of the orphanages.

2). Sponsor a Missionary - You can send a native missionary in India to tell others
about Jesus, to have Bible studies with new believers, and to start churches. Your
$30 a month support will help to provide for their physical needs and will enable
them to have Gospel supplies such as tracts, Bibles, transportation, and other
ministry tools.

3). Sponsor a Leprosy Colony - For a gift of any amount will provide a poor and
needy leprosy colony with their greatest needs: food, medical needs, clothing,
sandals, personal needs, and more!
Let them know about Independent Church in Indias sponsorship programs and the joyful bless-
ings you have received by helping. We have sponsorships to sponsor one of the orphanages, a
leprosy colony, or a native missionary.

All gifts
are tax-
Joyful Blessings
The official registration and financial information of Independent Church In India may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 1 (800) 732-0999.
Registration does not imply endorsement.
When you sponsor a child or the orphanage, you get to make the differ-
ence in the lives of children who had no future. You are following Je-
sus example in loving the little children. Have you shared how the Lord
has used your sponsorship to heal the broken hearted and transformed
lives in India in the love of Jesus? Would you consider sponsoring an-
other area of ministry, and help to change more lives? Or do you know
anyone else who may be interested in sponsorship?
Susee was saved from a
life of slavery.