If you are sponsoring one of Independent Church in India’s children’s homes or the Promised Land Leprosy Community we want to inform you of an extremely urgent situation concerning the Promised Land Children's Home. Due to recent discoveries of neglect and abuse of children at certain orphanages, and the public outcry about it, the government in India has rushed to adopted much stricter policies for children's homes. They have recently been doing surprise inspections of orphanages, and closing many.
These inspectors have just come to the Promised Land Children's Home and informed the staff that the new rules for orphanages now mandate a flat concrete roof instead of the sheet roof we now have. That would be a huge modification to the building. They also require a concrete-block security wall to enclose the children's quarters of every orphanage. They told us we must begin work on these improvements at the Promised Land within the next ten days in order to avoid being shut down, and less than a month to complete the work.
We are confident that our children are and have always been safe and secure while living at the Promised Land home. All these new regulations have been hastily enacted in the last two weeks or so, and allow unreasonably little time for compliance. If they were to close the Promised Land Children’s Home, they would take the children away to overcrowded and uncaring government or Hindu-oriented facilities instead of the loving, Christ-centered home our children now have. Ironically, it is from many of these kinds of Hindu and government homes that we get horror stories of child abuse, starvation, and other physical and emotional neglect.
We are consulting with contractors about the building. In order to keep the orphanage running, we will have to build support pillars, then add rows of blocks to the existing walls, and finally pour a concrete roof. Also, we must dig and lay block for the security wall. The estimated cost is $16,000 to do all of this work. For the orphanage to continue, we must show the inspectors that we want to meet the regulations. To do that we have to start work immediately,or they may close the orphanage right away. The first step is to purchase materials like cement, blocks, sand, and stones so that we can make a start. These items will cost about $6,000. If we can begin work immediately, we will gain some more time for the next step.
The Promised Land children desperately need help. God provided that they could be rescued from the despair of life in a leprosy colony to a whole new start at the Promised Land. Please pray urgently that the Lord will not allow them to now be taken away from the home they love. We need your help financially to be able to buy building materials right away. Please prayerfully consider what God would have you to give. If you can’t give right now but your heart is to give in the near future, you may make a pledge.
If all of us can help now, we believe we can raise the funds to finish the project in time to satisfy the inspectors and get approval to keep operating the Promised Land Children’s Home. 100% of your gifts for this project will go to the Promised Land Children's Home for the necessary construction to meet the new rules for approval. Once we receive enough for the construction, any additional funds we get will be used to provide for other needs that are required at the Promised Land Children's Home. Thank you so much for your love and compassion for the children at the Promised Land Home.
“Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble”. Psalm 41:1
Touching Children’s Lives,
Lowell and Kathy Smith and Pastor Britto Joseph