Can you believe how much beautiful fruit is donated to Gleanings every week? Just this week, we processed 405 bins of peaches, which is about 405,000 pounds of fresh fruit. Another 22,851 pounds of dried fruit is packed in buckets, ready to be sent to our ministry partners across the world. Three truckloads of food went out this week with Convoy of Hope, totaling 41,522 pounds of soup mix and over 80,000 pounds of dried, sulfured peaches currently on its way to hungry people.We would like to thank Bonnyville Pentecostal Church (Bonnyville, AB, Canada), Godspeak Calvary Chapel (Newbury Park, CA), Greely Hill SDA Church (Coulterville, CA), and homeschool families from Stockton, day groups, backpackers from Spain, Japan, South Korea, France, Finland, Peru, Summer Staff, full-time staff, and all short-term and long-term volunteers.
Thank you so much for your partnership and devotion to this ministry and for taking time out of your busy schedule to serve the poor and needy!
“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” Romans 12:9-13
LOVE FEAST SPEAKER: Pastor Babu
“People know what is soda Coke, but they don’t know who is Jesus. Many people in Nepal in the villages still do not know who is Jesus.”
When Pastor Babu, born and raised in India, was in seminary, a speaker came and challenged them to serve in Nepal because of the great need there. It is the 9th poorest nation in the world.“Always, since I was a child, I had a desire in my heart to help the poor and needy,” Babu said.
“Always, since I was a child, I had a desire in my heart to help the poor and needy,” Babu said.
Straight out of seminary, he got married, adopted two sons, packed up all his seminary books, and went to a desperate village in Nepal, near the border of Nepal and India.
However, the chief of the village in Nepal found out that Babu had been baptizing and teaching Christianity, asked him to leave, and forbid him or his family to use the community well because they would contaminate it and make the gods angry.
Babu relocated to a new village and opened an orphanage called Blessed Children’s Home. His mission is to “Rewrite the destiny of the children of Nepal,” children who would otherwise be abandoned and wandering the streets, unclothed, and likely die of AIDS.
It wasn’t easy. More troubles followed, including the orphanage’s school bus vandalized and lit on fire; a bomb left on the campus that exploded when a child opened the bag and dropped it; and Babu and his wife both imprisoned several times for teaching Christianity, baptizing, and receiving boxes of Gideon Bibles.
Nevertheless, the bus was not harmed; the child who was wounded with pieces of glass and needles was out of the hospital within a few weeks, and Babu and his wife were allowed to go back to their orphanage and their family after serving time in prison.
To this day, they bring blankets to the poorest villages in the winter, and the orphanage and school are growing. Currently, the ministry is raising funds to build a two-story girls dorm.
“We can do something,” Babu said. “We can tell the world that he is the only living God. Please pray for Nepal. You can do something with the blessings you receive. You can pray. You can give. You can go.”
SHARE THE LOVE
On Saturday morning, volunteers shared what was going on in their hearts:
- “I grew more in gratefulness, serving, and just being myself.”
- “God wouldn’t stop ’til my brokenness was healed.”
- “My eyes opened to how this is all hovering with the Lord all around this place.”
- “I see a change in you guys.”
- “When you walk into this place, you feel the presence of the Lord.”
- “The fear is gone.”
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” John 15:1-4