Living Waters Church supports the Machilipatnam Christian Orphanage in India.
The orphanage has been serving homeless and orphaned children for over 30 years. Machilipatnam was severely impacted by the tsunami on 26 December 2004 and as a direct result, 110 children lost their parents and are now cared for by the orphanage.
The financial burden placed on the orphanage is significant as they try to feed, clothe, educate and spread the gospel among the children. The remaining children in the orphanage are considered to be the untouchable social class from villages where literacy rates are less than 15%.
The orphanage offers education, shelter and love to the most vulnerable.
In 2007 the orphanage built a primary school and in 2008 it purchased land for a secondary school through donations made by churches in the UK. Further donations are now required to build the secondary school, accommodation, catering facilities, and a church.
The orphanage desperately needs funding and requires about £10,000 each year to care for the children. If you would like to donate to this work, please contact the Living Waters Church or come to our breakfast club every Wednesday from 9:30-11:30am or the Men’s breakfast on the first Saturday of each month. All profits from this are given to the orphanage.
Please support us in showing the love of Jesus to those who have nothing.
A GROUP of kind-hearted South Tynesiders have been to India to help tsunami-hit orphans.
Pastor David Schofield, of Living Waters Church, in Alice Street, South Shields, and three of his friends travelled to Machilipatnam on the south eastern coast, on February 22.
Machilipatnam was devastated by the Boxing Day tsunami in 2004, which left 110 children orphaned and in need of care.
An orphanage has been serving children, including homeless youngsters, for more than 30 years, but the financial burden placed on the centre has left it struggling to feed, clothe and educate the children.
Some children are from villages so poor that literacy rates are less than 15 per cent.
Mr Schofield went to the orphanage with Dave Cooper, and Simon and Kathryn Doneghan. He said:
“We went there thinking we were going to be helping the children of the orphanage, but we came away feeling like they had helped us.”
“Visiting somewhere like this really makes you appreciate the things that you normally take for granted.
“These children don’t have computer games and things like that, yet they’re so positive.
“Everything they have they want to share, despite having so little.”
The group spent 10 days in Machilipatnam caring for the children, helping to educate and entertain them, and visiting churches in the area.
Mr Schofield added:
“At each church we visited the praise was lovely. Totally different to our own, but spirit-filled. The services are normally lead by a single drum, but in some churches multiple drums. “
At the last two churches we visited we arrived late and unexpected, but were made to feel most welcome. It was great to see the spontaneity that is missing in our own churches.
“Seeing the conditions that these people are living in really does change your whole outlook on life.
“We’re so glad to have been able to help.”