The students of Divine Intervention School excelled themselves last year by bringing generous donations of money and clothes to be given to charity at Christmas.
The money was given to Operation Kingdom Ministry rehabilitation home whose leaders visited the school last December.
The clothes were distributed by the MHIP to all the neediest villagers of Bungtlang Vengsang in the first week of January 2018.
We trust that many families and children will have been blessed by the kindness of our students and are thankful that God has enabled us to maintain this period of giving as an annual tradition.
Pastor Emmanuel and his energetic team drawn from various parts of Northeast India have long been favourites among the students at Divine Intervention School. From leading devotions and fellowships, to holding retreats in the city attended by our hostellers, their ministry has had a great impact in the school. Under the umbrella of the Laymen’s Evangelical Fellowship International, they work among young people and students throughout Aizawl.
After leading devotion last week, Pastor Emmanuel returned alone today to share on behalf of another ministry close to his heart. Ever since his grandfather was involved in its founding, he and his family have been actively supportive of the Bethany Colony Leprosy Association in Andhra Pradesh. For several decades, this colony has provided a safe haven for leprosy patients and their children and grandchildren who would otherwise be ostracised by society, especially since India was erroneously declared leprosy-free in 2005. Pastor Emmanuel shared about a recent visit made to the colony by leaders of the Leprosy Mission branch of Mizoram.
Despite the positive social environment offered by the colony, most still have to survive by begging, and the school and hospital facilities struggle to function without trained staff and adequate supplies. In order to meet the needs of the people, the colony established a tailoring centre called Bethany Weaves. Patients and their relatives work hard to craft good quality bags and textiles which are sold to raise funds to support the patients. More details about Bethany Weaves and how to purchase the bags can be found here and here.
For the first time this year, Divine Intervention School invited everyone to bring donations of clothes to the school for distribution to those in need this Christmas. We were overwhelmed by the generosity of so many children from all classes, and ended up with several large bales of lovely gifts. After much consideration and prayer, especially since this is the first year of such an initiative, it was decided that the donations would be brought to Chhipphir where many families struggle to provide new gifts to their children at Christmas.
For this reason, our principal, R. Zochhawna, visited Chhipphir on 13 December and entrusted the donations to the local MHIP. They were so happy to receive them since they had been unable to fulfil their wish of providing for such families this year. They carefully identified the families most in need in the village, and on 16 and 17 December they were able to distribute gifts to over 100 families. Chhipphir YMA also expressed their heartfelt thanks to everyone at DIS who generously donated.
Let’s continue to be a blessing in 2017…