ESTIMATED COST: $1,200 (less airfare)
OVERVIEW OF ACTIVITIES
Completing an Orphanage – We will primarily be focused on completing an Orphanage, which currently has a foundation and pillars but no enclosed walls or electricity. We will be working with a local mason to to set the brick for the walls as well as starting the plaster and electricity. This transformation will radically change Emmanuel’s ability to take care of the children he watches over.
Outreach to Orphans — The children will be present while we are building and I’m sure will be a big help in the process as well as be an amazing blessing to spend time with. Activities with local Orphans will include playing games, doing crafts and a one day vacation bible school. We will also share meals with them and have lots for fellowship.
Church — The team will attend at least one church service where they will be given the opportunity to share a message such as a testimony.
We will have the opportunity to reach out to un-reached people groups in a remote villages. There will be adequate time to explore some of India and fall in love with the culture.
Below is the tentative schedule for the trip, but we approach this with flexibility because our ultimate focus is on relationships.
– Arrive in Visakhapatnam and meet with Pastor Emmanuel.
– Load up and drive 2 hours to the Orphanage
– Meet the kids unload and relax until dinner
– Fellowship with locals
– Go on a city tour
– go to local market
– Go to and participate in two church services
– Participate in baptisms
– Rest and relax
Day 5 – 11
– Work on Orphanage building project
– Spend time with Children
– Remote village outreach
– Vbs for kids
– Go to beach city
– Pack up and say our good byes
LODGING & FOOD
Where We Stay & What We Eat
Lodging will be at the Combined Orphanage/church. There will be basic but comfortable sleeping arrangements. There is running water for a shower and standard toilet.
The food is prepared by Pastor Emmanuel’s wife Sharron. We will be served a variety of food from:
What to Bring
HEALTH & SAFETY
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“Andhra Pradesh is a state bordering India’s southeastern coast. Major cultural landmarks include Tirumala Venkateswara Temple, an ornate hilltop shrine to Hindu’s Vishnu, in the southern part of the state. It’s visited by tens of millions of pilgrims annually. The major northern port of Visakhapatnam has popular beaches like Ramakrishna and Rishikonda lining the Bay of Bengal, offering spots for swimming and surfing.
Helping Hands International completed a scouting trip to this area in 2019 and is excited to partner with the local Pastor and school teacher Emmanuel Masa to help him further in his efforts. This year we will be completing an Orphanage facility that Emmanuel has started.
Emmanuel and his wife run the Bethany Children home where they take care of more than 30 local Orphans.”
– Tim Plankenhorn, HHI Program Director & Team Leader