Current projects and sponsorship opportunities
Christmas is upon us
- why not give a lasting gift with our Christmas gift cards!
We are able to offer Christmas cards! Our Christmas gift cards give a meaningful gift because it gives a gift which will truly bless the recipient.
You buy a Christmas card - blanket. You receive a Christmas card which states that you have bought a blanket, you fill this in and give it to Auntie Marg. We take a blanket and give it to a rural family who is struggling, and they are so grateful to receive a blanket that they are truly blessed.
Auntie Marg is happy because she doesn't need any more 'stuff' around the house, and our rural families are happy because what they needed has been provided. You are happy because you have made a difference (and didn't have to hit the shops or wait for Amazon to deliver it with delayed postage!).
Bible College Proposal
Ashok Mishal Testimonial:
I was born in the 1970’s in a small remote village in Odisha, India. My family was very poor, so much so on the day I was born my family had no food to eat that night.
I had a happy childhood albeit with very little, sometimes wearing the same set of clothes for over a year as we couldn’t afford to buy more. When I was around 4 or 5 I was fortunate enough to go to a hostel run by a Lutheran mission, and I remained there for the rest of my schooling. My schooling was free up to year 10 as a result of people somewhere in the world sponsoring children like me to attend.
After my schooling I managed to enrol into a local bible college. I stayed there for around 6 months. It was basic biblical training, and it was there I was chosen to attend another bible college, and from there another college, which was studied in English. Having never spoken English, this was a challenge, but I learnt quickly and completed my Bachelor of Theology.
With this degree I managed to get a position with a large organisation at a bible school interstate. I spent 5 years there teaching young students at the bible college and had many very interesting experiences there.
Following this I enrolled into a Masters of Divinity in Theology, which I completed at a large college interstate in 2002. After completing the Masters, I worked with a couple of different charitable organisations, and continued to serve the Lord.
It was while working that I met my wife-to-be, who had visited India on a mission’s trip. We both shared a desire to do charitable work, and so set up Good Samaritan Ministry (GSM), and began to serve those unreached people groups in my home area in Odisha.
The passion to continue teaching biblical study has remained, and this is why we are starting our first bible college. Odisha has a high number of people groups unreached by the Gospel. It is my prayer that young people like me are given an opportunity, and then go on to share the gospel with others, and that GSM can train up more and more people to go and tell others about Jesus.
Bible College for 10-20 students, to run over 12 months. The vision of this college is to train and send. Train and send local people into the local communities so that every district in Odisha can know of Christ. The aim is to begin during the first half of 2021.
“How are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent?” (Romans 10:14-15)
For more information view our Bible College proposal booklet here or contact us!
We have been able to secure some land and pray daily for funds to develop the land to benefit all who live near by. We would love a secure area where the hostels can be housed, with playgrounds for the children, more space and outdoor play areas. It will be secure with a good fence but open and roomy inside the fence. Our dream is to give the children a wonderful life inside the area, with plants and vegetable gardens and animals, with possibilities in the future for schooling and other activities within the campus.
If you would like to assist in making this dream happen, please donate! This goal can be easily met with the generosity of people like you. Why not commit to an amount you can afford and invest in changing lives in Odisha
- Bridge Builder Centres - Support a child to attend tuition in one of our Bridge Builder Centres, designed to build a connection with communities and God. Tuition for a child is $10/month.
- Widow Sponsorship - $20/month - Through our Bridge Builder Centressupports isolated rural widows with a financial gift each month to assist in their daily living requirements
- Pastor Support - $50/month - supports a pastor to run a church in an area of need. The pastor becomes a support for the village and can assist in identifying other needs which GSM can then meet through other programs.
We are currently running a sewing centre teaching young women a skill with which we know will change their families futures, giving them opportunities to earn an income for their families.
Short term mission trips
NOTE: until international travel resumes, this will be unavailable.
If you would like to see first hand the work we do, help out with our projects or get involved, we run short term trips. In small groups, fully guided we will take you to see all of our projects and give you an experience in a non-tourist area that you will not get anywhere else!
We take small groups, for 12-14 day trips and your life will be changed, your views will be challenged and we pray that as a result you will continue to give towards the lives you have seen to continue to make a difference.
If this interests you, please contact us and we can give you more information.
Below are 2 teams which traveled in 2019.