e called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me." Matthew 18:2-6

hen little children were brought to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked those who brought them. Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there. Matthew 19:13-15

For 4 years, Anitha has been praying to be able to open an orphanage for the children of India. We both have a love for children, and have a child of our own. But there are so many children is such desperate need. The tsunami that struck India in December 2004 left many children with no mother or father to care for them. Often, there may be just one parent with insufficient resources to care for their children, and they are forced to give them up for the child's own best interest. Or they might be negligent, alcoholic, or any number of reasons why the child is better of elsewhere. We wish to reach out to the community with this service.

We intend to open initially with 10 children, and expand to 20. The orphanage is located on the same campus with the B.F. Academy, and Logos Bible Church. The pastor there, Jacob, will offer pastoral services to the children. We have also located a couple to care full time for the children. The man is a Christian Pastor, and his wife is a nurse. So I can't imagine a better fit.

We still have startup needs, like cots, bedding, cooking utensils, clothing for the girls, tables, furniture for storing clothing, etc. We will also be building a school building that will double as a dining hall for the orphans.

 

Picture at left shows Surya Prakash laying one of first foundation stones. The orphanage will be 18' x 30'. Initially will have one floor, but will later add another when we are ready to expand to 20 children.

 

 

Picture at right is David Anderson laying the first corner stone of the KidZSanctuary Orphanage.

 

 

Picture at left shows some children lined up for lunch in front of the partially finished orphanage. It was during the Christmas 2006 nativity drama presented to the Community at Chinthamani and surrounding villages.

 

Picture at right shows construction workers carrying cement to the roof of the orphanage to lay on the ceiling/roof.

 

Picture at left shows Sandy from Manna doing ground breaking ceremony for Warden's facilities and school/dining area. This building will be connected to the orphanage itself.