Friends of Pravaham

Archive for September 2008

Praise God! I am delighted to share that in May 2008, Pravaham was made a prayer partner of Irvine Presbyterian Church. Since then, we’ve been praying for Pravaham (faithfully at our twice-monthly Missions Committee meetings. We’re also seeking God’s guidance for a short term mission trip to Pravaham.  Several IPC members have expressed an interest in visiting Pravaham. Importantly, we’ve also received donations for sponsorships in Pravaham’s Nursing-Aide student, Class of 2009. On Tuesday, 16 September, Mrs. Angie d’Aleo, a Friend of Pravaham and a member of United Methodist Church, San Pedro, will be visiting us. We’re looking forward to hearing about her experience with Pravaham and her calling to lead another mission trip there next August.

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But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more. Psalm 71:14.

This was a very eventful week for Pravaham!

First, we received the joyous news from the Tamil Nadu Open University. Our 1-year Health Assistant programme which leads to the vocational education Nursing Aide certificate is now recognized by the Tamil Nadu Open University; this means that Pravaham students will be eligible to apply for admission to the University’s 4-year B.S. Nursing program. Additionally, the University has approved the following new programs for Pravaham and we need God’s discernment and provision for these: 1) Pre-primary school teacher training, 2) Desktop publishing, and 3) Secretarial training.

Second, on Thursday, 28 August, the Pravaham community celebrated with its annual worship service in the chapel, the Graduation Ceremony of the 4th batch of the ‘Health Assistant’ Course and the Inauguration of the 5th batch of students.  Rev. Dr. Xavier Alphonse S.J. Director, Indian Centre for Research and Development of Community Education, Chennai, was the Chief Guest with Dr. M. Abel, Former Vice Chancellor, Krishnadevaraya University, Andhra Pradesh and Chairman, Pravaham Trust presided. Following the service and ceremonies, lunch was served.

For the last three days in the month of August, the Student Christian Movement of India (Chennai region chapter) had their retreat at Pravaham.

This is the Friends of Pravaham weblog; we hope to share news about the Pravaham global community by publishing a quarterly newsletter here.  We will also try to post other news monthly or as much as possible related to Irvine Presbyterian Church and San Pedro United Methodist Church, and other Friends of Pravaham, in the United States of America.

Pravaham means an “ever flowing stream.” It is located in South India and was established in 1993 by the Rt. Rev. Ananda Rao Samuel, former Moderator and Bishop of the Church of South India. With very little outside help it serves the marginalized, oppressed, poor, and rural villages among whom it is situated.  A handful of staff run the many programs including:
1) 1-year Nursing Aide program for high school dropouts, particularly girls;
2) Evening tuition centers in the villages;
3) Model school outreach, whereby students are brought to the campus for competitions and games, Christian devotions, and hot, nutritional meals;
4) Free health and medical camps; and
5) Christian ecumenical retreats.

Pravaham’s mission statement is: a community which lives to enlighten, receives to enable, with God as its source, Christ as its model, and people as partners.

Please browse the Pravaham website for a full picture of the campus and programmes.


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