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From Fr. Johann: a video on the OM Schools in India

October 30, 2010

Fr. Johann Vanderbijl and the Anglican Church of St. George the Martyr in Simpsonville, South Carolina have long had a vision of establishing a school in India for Dalit children in the Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh.  Here is a video which shows quite clearly the promise of such a ministry, as revealed in what it has done in the life of one young girl:

Fr. Johann adds this in his email:

As you know, St. George the Martyr is trying to get enough money together to help support one OM School in the Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh India.

It is still my firm conviction that we ought to go with OM in their model for schools because:

a)  they have a broader base from which to draw donations from, other than just the APA,

b)  they have years of experience in this field (now 103 schools!)

c)  their schools are accredited and recognized by the Indian government, so their graduates are able to apply for entrance into higher educational centers, thus we “liberate” the Dalits from virtual slavery in the caste system,

d)  they are open and accountable and have men on the ground to do oversight.

Here is the video clip sent to me this morning from OM.  This is the story of just one little girl.  OM now has 103 schools with 25,000 children so this one story is repeated many times. What a legacy for our Lord it can leave.

Having learned something myself about India this year, I do believe this is a most rewarding and valuable project.  If you would like to assist in the building of this school, please consider sending any check you wish to The Anglican Church of St. George the Martyr, 427 Batesville Road, Simpsonville, SC 29681, and mark “Project 101” clearly on the check.  If you cannot assist in that way, you can certainly assist by praying for this project and the children they hope to reach and whose lives they hope to enrich.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 30, 2010 2:27 pm

    God bless you, Will…and may He multiply all our meager offerings as He has so many times before!

    Thank you…from the depths of my heart…thank you. The spiritual and physical liberation of the Dalit children is a passion that burns unabated in my soul.


    • October 30, 2010 11:59 pm

      Fr. Johann,

      Thank YOU and St. George for what you are doing – truly an inspiration to me. May God bless this work abundantly.

  2. November 2, 2010 1:21 pm

    Dear Will

    Thought you might like to know that we took in US$3,000.00 at our Missions Conference for the Dalit Education Center and have just received another pledge of US$10,000.00! That puts the amount we have so far for this project at about US$40,000.00! Thank you for your prayers and for your support. Please continue to pray that our Lord will continue to supply all our needs according to His riches in glory.

    • November 2, 2010 4:42 pm

      Dear Fr. Johann,

      That is fantastic. Praise the Lord for this, and thanks for letting us know of this great progress. May He watch over this work and bless it, strengthening all of you in His service.

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