Mission Trip Kerala 2012/2013

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Old Age Home

Day1: the mission team on the way to Bethseda Oldage home, which wasn't far from where we stayed.

Day1: the mission team on the way to Bethseda Oldage home, which wasn't far from where we stayed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Appachen had a really inspiring story as well. He was a Sunday School teacher and was involved in everything. He raised his three kids very well (two daughters & a son). The girls got married off, and the Appachen stayed with his son. Then one day, the Appachen got kicked out of his house in the middle of the night.

An Appachen had a really inspiring story as well. He was a Sunday School teacher and was involved in everything. He raised his three kids very well (two daughters & a son). The girls got married off, and the Appachen stayed with his son. Then one day, the Appachen got kicked out of his house in the middle of the night.

 

The girls talking with Elizabeth Ammachi.

The girls talking with Elizabeth Ammachi.

Elizabeth Ammachi used to work for the Bethseda Hospital and now resides here.

Elizabeth Ammachi used to work for the Bethseda Hospital and now resides here.

 

 

 

 

 

We visited an Ammachi who was blind and very frail. Dhanya introduced herself (her Malayalam is very good). The Ammachi was very happy and they conversed. The rest of the team left for the next room. Ammachi sensed another person in the room. Dhanya introduced Asha to Ammachi and explained her background. Ammachi was very frail and her hair was cut very short - that would look modern in America. She was very kind and blessed us both - it reminded me of how Abraham and Joseph blessed their generations.

We visited an Ammachi who was blind and very frail. Dhanya introduced herself (her Malayalam is very good). The Ammachi was very happy and they conversed. The rest of the team left for the next room. Ammachi sensed another person in the room. Dhanya introduced Asha to Ammachi and explained her background. Ammachi was very frail and her hair was cut very short - that would look modern in America. She was very kind and blessed us both - it reminded me of how Abraham and Joseph blessed their generations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So both the Oldage home and hospital are within the same plot as this church. Residents of both facilities don't have to walk far come pray and participate in service.

So both the Oldage home and hospital are within the same plot as this church. Residents of both facilities don't have to walk far come pray and participate in service.

 

 

 

Holy Qurbana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bethsada School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

House Visit

 

Here we visited a family struggling because the father had a fall which left him paralyzed. But their faith is so strong that many miracles have been happening in their life and they believe that he may still be healed.

Here we visited a family struggling because the father had a fall which left him paralyzed. But their faith is so strong that many miracles have been happening in their life and they believe that he may still be healed.

 

 

 

This young man has polio. He was sooo happy to have visitors. Everyday he opens the window, and this is all sees, all day.

This young man has polio. He was sooo happy to have visitors. Everyday he opens the window, and this is all sees, all day.

 

 

 

This man's wife told us how they hadn't seen their daughter since she married someone out of their caste. They wanted to see her, but their son who takes care of the father did not - they were afraid that by contacting the daughter they would likely lose the help of their son. Since the son was away during our visit, the mother showed us an old family picture - one that she had hidden so that her son would not tear it up.

This man's wife told us how they hadn't seen their daughter since she married someone out of their caste. They wanted to see her, but their son who takes care of the father did not - they were afraid that by contacting the daughter they would likely lose the help of their son. Since the son was away during our visit, the mother showed us an old family picture - one that she had hidden so that her son would not tear it up.

 

 

 

 

Ajitha is a girl who should be in the 10th grade, but had to stop school in 7th grade because of a skin infection. Her palms and the soles of her feet would break out into blisters making it impossible for her to walk or write. She is a very bright girl; she sings well and always had a smile during our visit. She told us that there is a medication that makes the blisters go away, but it was 300 rupees ($6) and her family couldn’t afford to get it for her all the time. We spend hundreds of dollars on things that we will throw away when a newer and better version comes out, while there are people in our country, God’s own country, that can’t go to school because they have no means.

Ajitha is a girl who should be in the 10th grade, but had to stop school in 7th grade because of a skin infection. Her palms and the soles of her feet would break out into blisters making it impossible for her to walk or write. She is a very bright girl; she sings well and always had a smile during our visit. She told us that there is a medication that makes the blisters go away, but it was 300 rupees ($6) and her family couldn’t afford to get it for her all the time. We spend hundreds of dollars on things that we will throw away when a newer and better version comes out, while there are people in our country, God’s own country, that can’t go to school because they have no means.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ajitha is a girl who should be in the 10th grade, but had to stop school in 7th grade because of a skin infection. Her palms and the soles of her feet would break out into blisters making it impossible for her to walk or write. She is a very bright girl; she sings well and always had a smile during our visit. She told us that there is a medication that makes the blisters go away, but it was 300 rupees ($6) and her family couldn’t afford to get it for her all the time. We spend hundreds of dollars on things that we will throw away when a newer and better version comes out, while there are people in our country, God’s own country, that can’t go to school because they have no means.

Ajitha is a girl who should be in the 10th grade, but had to stop school in 7th grade because of a skin infection. Her palms and the soles of her feet would break out into blisters making it impossible for her to walk or write. She is a very bright girl; she sings well and always had a smile during our visit. She told us that there is a medication that makes the blisters go away, but it was 300 rupees ($6) and her family couldn’t afford to get it for her all the time. We spend hundreds of dollars on things that we will throw away when a newer and better version comes out, while there are people in our country, God’s own country, that can’t go to school because they have no means.

 

 

Boy's & Girl's Home of the Evangelical Association of the East

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boys' orphanage

Boys' orphanage

 

 

About 200 churidars were collected in North America,

About 200 churidars were collected in North America,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girls' orphanage

Girls' orphanage

 

 

 

 

 

 

Psych Hospital

 

 

 

 

We had just watched a Christmas program put on by the nursing students at the Bethesda Mental Institute.

We had just watched a Christmas program put on by the nursing students at the Bethesda Mental Institute.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yeldho Mor Baselios Orphanage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thirumeni handing out New Year gift (a pair of pants and shirt) to each child.  Look at the eyes of this child as he is given his gift.

Thirumeni handing out New Year gift (a pair of pants and shirt) to each child. Look at the eyes of this child as he is given his gift.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prayer at the chapel

Prayer at the chapel

 

 

On our way to the park

On our way to the park

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kids from the Orphanage on van ride to the park outing.

Kids from the Orphanage on van ride to the park outing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chemachens reliving their childhood days

Chemachens reliving their childhood days

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ice cream for everyone.

Ice cream for everyone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sad part when we have to leave...

Sad part when we have to leave...

Visit to His Beatitude Baselios Thomas I

Visit to Puthencruz Patriarchal Center

Visit to Puthencruz Patriarchal Center

 

Puthencruz Patriarchal Center.  Look at the way the Mercedes-Benz is parked.

Puthencruz Patriarchal Center. Look at the way the Mercedes-Benz is parked.

 

 

 

 

Book written by Fr. Jogi

Book written by Fr. Jogi

 

Manu contemplating the idea of priesthood.

Manu contemplating the idea of priesthood.

On our way to see Bava Thirumeni

On our way to see Bava Thirumeni

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waiting to see Bava Thirumeni.  Enjoying snacks and coffee.

Waiting to see Bava Thirumeni. Enjoying snacks and coffee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Group picture with Bava Thirumeni

Group picture with Bava Thirumeni

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bijo Achen inviting Bava Thirumeni to visit our Archdiocese.

Bijo Achen inviting Bava Thirumeni to visit our Archdiocese.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meeting with Mathews Mor Thimotheos

Mor Thimothios (newly ordained Patriarchal Secretary)

Mor Thimothios (newly ordained Patriarchal Secretary)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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