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Our Spring trip to India was incredible!

G*d was so gracious to us at every turn.  He walked with us through every single up and down.  Our flights were all on time and uneventful {for the most part} – and for the 7 of us that was amazing!  We ministered at five different villages encouraging other bel*evers, friends and family members.  Kimberly’s mom joined us for the last 3 weeks of the trip, and it was an honor to serve alongside her again. Pushpyar and I feel very strongly about involving our children in the ministry as active partners not just observers.  So at every meeting we had them share a t*stimony of something that G*d had done in their lives.  We were equally blown away and blessed by what they each shared and how timely it was for individuals in each setting.  Many times speaking into situations that they had no idea about but G*d certainly did. We had many rich experiences with our family in Ranchi and the Lord knit our hearts together even more so than before.  It had been over 3 years since we had been with any of Pushpyar’s family so it was a delightful & special blessing to be able to spend time with them.

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J School Progress

We are SO happy to announce that we have blueprints from an architect willing to work with us on the plans for the J school!  We have begun work already on the student bathrooms.  This is a GREAT first step to making our campus more “permanent” (even though we have been there for 20+ years!).  Our students have not had any bathrooms (besides the jungle) so we are thrilled to give them restrooms!  Bathrooms will help provide a clean, safe environment for the entire school.  We have also begun building a kitchen, guard house & supply rooms.  We need about $6,000 to cover the costs of these rooms.  Please join us by donating or join a work crew team!

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Kids’ Club Fun Day ~ June 2012

Approximately 100 children from area Kids’ club programs gathered for a day of fun, food and learning about G*d.  Students from the youth group helped to plan and run everything from the w*rship time to the games and the Book memory competition.  Younger children memorized Psalm 23 while the older students tackled the entire fourth chapter of Matthew!  Meagan gave a short teaching about the Good Shepherd and led the children to ask Him to guide their lives.  After prizes were awarded, everyone sat together to enjoy a wonderful meal.  Please pray that G*d’s spirit would continue to work in these young lives!

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FUN PACK PROJECT – EXCITING OPPORTUNITY TO  CONNECT WITH A CHILD!

Pushpyar Lakra is traveling to India in July and will be able to personally deliver gifts to each individual child. This is a great way to connect with your sponsored child or (for those who are not sponsors) to bless a child who has not been sponsored yet!  Simply choose from our two easy options below : “You-Pack” or “We-Pack”

PLEASE NOTE: All packages or donations must be received no later than June 23rd, due to packing restrictions. (Give your package to the Lakras on Sundays or mail to them at  PO Box 233, Lima, NY 14485.)

The “We-Pack” option: Mail us a check for $10 & we put together a fun pack for your child! Please include a letter to your child.

 This year’s “We-Pack” Fun Packs will include: A colorful drawstring bag, beach ball, airplane glider (for boys) OR coin purse (for girls), 1 sheet of stickers, 2 friendship bracelets (so they can share with a friend!), bouncy ball, a bag of candy, pencil & a small stuffed sea turtle or dolphin.   Your $10 will cover the cost of gift items as well as shipping fees.

The “You-Pack” option:  Purchase small gifts (from the list below) & pack in a clear, quart size, zip top bag.  Also include $5 to help with luggage fees and a letterto your child.  Gift must weigh no more than 2 pounds. Please DO NOT send used items and DO NOT gift wrap any items. Thank you!

Acceptable gift items:

Toothbrush & toothpaste, Washcloth & soap,  Toy cars, Finger puppets, Bouncy balls, Small stuffed animal, Key chain, Yo-yo, Plastic jewelry (for girls), Stickers, Hard candy (no chocolate or liquids),   Socks, small notepad or notebook, pens, pencils, pencil toppers, pencil sharpeners and washable markers/crayons or colored pencils (ONE package of these may be accepted outside the quart size bag)

PLEASE DO NOT include sharpie/permanent markers, toy guns/weapons, temporary tatoos or war related items.

For all Fun Packs: We HIGHLY recommend that you send to your child a LETTER and a PICTURE of yourself, of your
family. A letter and a picture will probably be the most encouraging item in your gift package!
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us via email (HopeBeyondToday@yahoo.com).
Thank you! God bless you.

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