Christmas celebrations at Prattapur

Shaji writes: We are in Prattapur village for the Christmas programme.  We came yesterday, today we had two programmes for the children in the Sonarbaria School and for the Prattapur School.

Film show

 

 

It is night right now as I am writing this e mail and the film show is going on in the school ground for the Prattapur villagers.
 

 

 

Potato field

 

 

On my last visit I left  about Thirteen thousand rupees with Sahadeb for potato cultivation, which you see in the the potato field. I am sure in three months time Sahadeb will definitely bring some income out of this filed.
 

 

Much appreciated blanket during cold winter

 

 

Adarsh, Martin, Pradip and Sindip huddle to keep warm because the North Indian village gets very cold during winter.

 

 

 

 

Action songs

 

 

Action song led  by Adarsh, Sandip and Rana for the children in Prattpur.
 

 

 

 

Children enjoy their Christmas lunch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With our love and season greetings to all

Shaji & Beena from Prattput

FAITH, FOOD, FOOTBALL, FOCUS on HEALTH

A report from Pam and Steve’s recent trip to India.

Dear Supporters,

Thank you for your prayers for our recent trip to Kolkata and the remote villages of West Bengal.

We were encouraged by the generosity of so many who donated clothes, crutches, and cash to enable many children, young people and adults to be blessed by the churches and individuals in the UK.

Our involvement included a youth camp for a day in Kolkata. Every evening we attended small cottage meetings in different people’s homes. Children’s camps were held in some of the villages and we gave out clothing, children’s bibles and meals.

Thanks to Team Heathrow for the T shirts and jackets, and a charity shop in Ruislip (where we purchased a number of Sainsbury’s Olympic T shirts), we bought sports shorts for two teams which enabled us to and kit out four football teams.

A local Doctor was hired for three hours to see patients at one of the villages. He saw 119 patients.

 

 

 

Slum ministry

We visited three slums and conducted children’s meetings and a ministry programme for teenagers and adults. In one of the slums, a soya milk unit has been set up and over 200 children are benefiting from this service. In addition to this a housing programme has been set up to re-house those in the slum who are living in shacks. This action was prompted when the health minister visited the slum to open the soya unit, and was taken around the slum. On her return she directed finances into the slum for new housing. This has given CSSI a good standing in the community and among the people.

Kolkata trip

Would you like to experience the culture and colour of India? The myriads of people trying to survive in an environment of physical and spiritual poverty. At the end of May 2013 we are planning to visit Kolkata, and some of the remote villages of West Bengal. If you are interested let Pam or Steve know asap.

During this visit

  • Provided over 500 meals to needy children and adults. 750 treats for the children
  • 100 Children’s Bibles to families in two villages
  • Doctor treated 119 patients in three hours
  • Team Heathrow and Sainsbury’s T shirts and shorts for four football teams

 

 

Update from Steve and Pam

We have arrived safely in Calcutta!

We went to the village on Wednesday, about a four hour drive from Calcutta, and visited several villages over six days. Some of the villages we gave the children songs to sing teaching, and a cooked meal for over 500 children.

Woolen hats and jumpers were distributed as well as children’s clothes to hundreds of children.

In one of the villages we arranged for a doctor to distribute medicine, and just over a hundred patients were seen.

Every evening was a Bible study in the homes of different believers, and a Communion Service last Sunday.

We bought some shorts for two football teams from different villages, and with the shirts we took out and a football. The played a match one evening with around 100 villagers watching and a trophy presented to the winning team, and a smaller trophy for the runner up.

We are now back in Calcutta – thank you for your prayers!

Visit to Kolkata

Steve and Pam are off this Friday (26th October) on their visit to Kolkata and villages where CSSI work. Do pray for safe travel and a great visit. Looking forward to a report about the work upon their return.

Curry evening success

Thank you to all you came to the third CSSI curry evening – the vision of CSSI was told through a DVD, Pam and Steve spoke about their forthcoming trip to India and some wonderful curry was had.

After expenses we raised £300 for CSSI – fantastic!

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