SCHOOL

Beginning of the school for the village children

Feeding the children in the village feeding centers, which we had initiated in 1995, had to be

Terminated due to two reasons.

1. There were no lasting results for this 7-year-old program.

2. The opposition from Hindu Politicians

This led us to take another step of faith- To start a school for the children in our compound. Hence by faith, in 2002 June we started this school with the 20 children from the village of Bokkapuram. Those children were given a noon meal and some basic education in alphabet and counting. Classes were conducted in a temporary shed constructed in our compound. This was the beginning of the “ Good Shepherd English School, Masinagudi”. In the following year, some children from the local villages were also brought to the school for admission.

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The school gained a good testimony among the villagers. In 2003, we adopted the Tribal village (Irula Tribe) of Chemmanath and in 2007 the Tribal village of Chokkanahally (Irula Tribe). Now there are a total number of 168 children from LKG through 8 th Std. Out of this, 100 children are either from Tribal families or from very poor families and we give them free education, clothing and noon meal. Till April 2010, we were transporting the children in a school bus Lord provided us. Since the bus was in a bad shape after few years of wear and tear, we had to dispose it. At present we do not have a proper vehicle for transporting the children. We are using hired jeeps. An advance of Rs.25000 has been paid for a new bus. We need 10 Lakh Rupees more to purchase this vehicle.

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SPECIAL APPEAL FOR THE GOOD SHEPHERD SCHOOL

When Sally, my wife and me moved to the jungle village of Masinagudi of south India, in 1987, our desire and our vision was to gain those people living in darkness, for generations, for our Lord Jesus Christ. The only asset we had was our Lord’s promise of His invisible presence and the Medical skills he provided for us in his mercy. Over the years of struggling and labor of faith, Lord enabled us to share the Good News to so many people in the villages through our medical clinic and through our village medical out-reaches. Seeing the hundreds of thousands of village children living in poverty, nakedness by being neglected even by their parents who has no awareness of their own needs, and also by realizing the tremendous potentials in those children for the future of the lord’s move in this country, we took the step of faith to start this Good Shepherd School in 2002. We started the school with 20 children we picked up from the jungle village and we started to teach them alphabets and numbers, by feeding them with one good noon meal.

This was the small beginning of this village school . In the following years, more children joined

the school. We put all the little ones in our orphanage also in this school.

By the by we decided to have this school in English medium- teaching all the school in English except Tami as the second language and Hindi the third language. This was another ‘adventure’ of faith- teaching the jungle children in English. We went further even teaching them “computer”. Yes these kids proved to be just as good as any other kids elsewhere!

We also take care to give them the Lord through reading of the Bible and through prayers.

We send vehicle to the villages every morning and pick up those children and send them home in the evening after the class. The school has now grown with strength of 168 children and 11 teachers. We teach them all the subjects systematically with a specified syllabus.

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SPECIAL THANKS TO THE AUSTRAILAN FRIENDS WHO SPONSORED FOR THE BUS

            Thanks to the generous donations made by some friends in Perth, Western Australia who wanted to remain anonymous, we were able to buy a 33 seated school bus for the children. This is such a timely gift for the school. Now the kids from the forest villages can reach the school without fear of wild animals.

NEED A JEEP FOR THE ORPHANAGE

Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,

It has been a pleasure to greet you all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ! This is to bring to your attention, one of our urgent prayer requests. As you all know we have been living right inside the jungle with minimal public transportation facilities. Life in this jungle village is nearly impossible without a vehicle. In the early days when we started this orphanage and school for the Tribals and the villages here, we did not even have a bicycle. Gradually God started providing us transportation.

We had been using a 13 seated jeep for the last 6 years. It has been such an inevitable utility vehicle for us to go to the nearby cities Gudalur and Ooty for buying groceries and banking, transporting the  orphanage children to hospital etc.( for any kind of serious illnesses which sally and I cannot manage, we have to take them to Gudalur or Ooty). This 13 seated jeep has worn out too much and it is time to dispose it. It is not safe to use such an old jeep for crossing the thick forest with all kinds of wild animals including tigers.

We strongly feel that need a new jeep. This will cost us nearly 15300 USD. The old one is negotiated to be sold for 4350 USD. If get the balance amount ( $ 11000), we can go for a new  jeep. Please pray about it and do the needful.

Dr.Babu Narendran &

Dr.Sally Narendran

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