CHIRALA, ANDHRA PRADESH, INDIA: Dan and Robin Oosterhouse recently returned from outreach to rural India with their team of nine, including their three sons. They went to install agricultural elements—a greenhouse, potato sack gardens, aquaponics and compost systems and raised bed gardens—for a children’s home being built by an Indian family, Sudi, Hepsi and Sukumar.
My Father’s House is a home for children who would otherwise live in poverty, uneducated and undernourished. Their goal is to have a sustainable infrastructure so that they can invest precious resources in the kids themselves.
An Unexpected Assignment
Their focus for the three-week outreach was installing these systems. They were prepared for the long hours and hard physical work that would be required to get it done. What they were not prepared for was Sunday School.
But that’s just what their colleagues asked them to do when they arrived in Chirala. Robin, jetlagged and exhausted, thought, that’s not what we’re here to do… and nearly forgot about it, until Sunday morning. “I thought, wait a minute!” says Robin, “We’re YWAMers. This is what we do!”
So, Robin and her team took a basic Sunday school lesson they had learned before, and using paper, scissors and their wits, they shared a simple gospel message for the children.
It was a grown man, however, who responded and gave his life to Jesus. “I nearly cried as he prayed with me,” said Robin. He wanted to get baptized right away, so they took him and baptized him in the Indian Ocean. “It was worth every penny that it took to get our whole family to India just to see that one man get saved.”
We are offering a 3-Week Farming With A Mission seminar for those interested in learning agricultural techniques for the communities fighting hunger and poverty. Begins April 19.
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