A Team headed off to South India on 13th Jan and will be returning on 29th January.
We are going to the Victory Children’s Home in Sasalu village, north of Bangalore where we will be carrying out maintenance work at the home, providing help with the material needs for the children, helping with the children’s daily devotions, and play time and crafts in the evenings when they return from school.
Please pray for Pastor Mark, family and staff as it is not an easy task looking after the needs of 65 children 24/7.
Please remember to continue to pray for Jennifer Mark who was with us in November and the Rose of Sharon Devadasi Project. We want to thank God for his wonderful provision of the finances for this project and trust that the Building Contractor will be able to start on site very soon.
Thanks to all for your prayers and encouragement it is a great comfort for the team to know that our church family will be praying for us.
Jennifer has arrived safely in Northern Ireland on Wednesday evening from Bangalore, India
Please pray for her as she speaks at events and church services over this weekend. Please come along and hear about her vision for the Rose of Sharon Devadasi Project.
Meeting up with the India Team (The Francina Foundation)
Jennifer will be speaking at a fundraising lunch for The Francina Foundation at the Millside Restaurant, Cloughmills (private function)
High Kirk Church, Ballymena
Project Sunday Services @ 9.30am & 11.30am
Muckamore Presbyterian Church, Antrim @ 7.00pm
Please come and hear Jennifer speak about the Rays of Peace children’s home Sasalu and her vision to rescue Devadasi girls (temple prostitutes)
Ladies evening in High Kirk Church, Ballymena @ 7.45pm
[See our previous post about this event here]
WOMEN of all ages are invited to a ‘ladies night’ hosted by High Kirk Presbyterian Church on Monday, 23rd November where they will hear a truly remarkable story.
Jennifer heard God speaking to her when she was just eight years old. At 19 she had planned to go to America to study Medicine but God had a different plan for her. “No, I want you to stay in India and help the ‘Divadasis’, (the temple prostitutes) was His clear message. Jennifer obeyed him. She visited 30 districts of the state of Karnataka, spending 12 hours of intercessory prayer in each district dedicating her work to the Lord. She sought the help of sympathetic government officials and children’s charities in order to make her God given task completely transparent to all.
‘Divadasis’ are young girls dedicated to the Hindu Goddess from birth and at the onset of puberty their life of sexual slavery begins. Some of the money they earn from satisfying the lust of men is sent back to their parents or in many cases given to evil pimps.
When these beautiful young girls can no longer fulfil their purposes and are too old to be attractive they are sent back to their villages, heads shaven to be rejected as outcasts.
Jennifer goes to the temples, befriends the girls and then rescues them. Her work is dangerous and she puts her life at risk. She knows this is what God has called her to do.
Jennifer has been given a piece of land and her dream is to build a home for the rescued Davidasis to help restore them, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
So where does Jennifer get her sense of vision and purpose?
It begins with the birth of her Dad, Pastor Mark Jaykumar, founder of the Rays of Peace Ministry, India, a life potentially destined for misery. He was rejected and abandoned by his parents at three days old but rescued and raised by Christian missionaries.
When he turned 15 they told him the true story of his birth and about how he came to be with them. At this tender age he made up his mind to take up the challenge to adopt and care for the abandoned and orphaned children in India. After completing a Theology degree he opened a home for abandoned children and today God has enabled him to start to fulfil his promise and work towards realisation of his dream. He now runs four Rays of Peace orphanages in North and South India.
Ten members from the Francina Foundation will travel to the Rays of Peace Orphanage in Sasalu after Christmas to help with maintenance and building work there as well as spending ‘quality’ time with the children.
The reality and importance of the work Jennifer and Mark are doing has encouraged us to invite Jennifer to speak at the upcoming ladies night hosted at High Kirk as guest speaker for the Francina Foundation. The event will get underway at 7.45pm. Refreshments will be served and a retiring offering will be taken in support of the Francina Foundation. If you require any further information, please contact Lorraine McAlister on 077922329783.