5th Grade Class Blog
Jenny Ganji, 5th Grade class
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My name is Jenny Ganji. This my 13th year in teaching: 8 years at Riverside and 5 years outside. I like teaching because I can impact the students in several ways and provide them with life experience. The devotion before schoolwith the teachers and watching the students in their assembly is a huge blessing. Moreover it’s a Christ-oriented institution, which can influence the hindu students and their families. I want to help them as well as help the les fortunate in the surrounding society. My husband and I have a son, Gautham, and a daughter, Sanjana; please pray for my students andfor me so that I can witness to the Riverside community.
This class is sponsored by: Dr. and Mrs. Liu and Daphne Liu
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"Dr. Rose rested in the Lord at Subbamma Hospital, a place where she desired to serve the Lord while growing up in Mori – but she did not make it." Our "Shattered Dreams" have an eternal purpose in God's economy. Dr. Rose, seen below standing before the cross at...
“The Lord is my light and my salvation whom shall I fear. The Lord is my strength of my life of whom shall I be afraid. Psalms 27:1 The above verse from Psalms is the testimony of my life . It's a great pleasure for me to share a few words regarding me and my...
Corporate Startup Summit, Zurich, Switzerland An international platform was offered to Solomon as the keynote speaker about his work on Smart Villages at the upcoming Corporate Startup Summit in Zurich, Switzerland. Over three hundred senior executives and academics...
It is hard to believe that more than a decade has past since I last set foot in Mori. My first trip to Mori was in 2006 when I received a scholarship to spend a month working with a visiting medical team at Subbamma Hospital. I quickly fell in love with the people I...
Matt Sanders On June 7th – 9th we conducted our 7th annual three-day teacher training conference for the teachers at Riverside School. Each year, this conference is held just before the start of the new school year to inspire them in their own walk with the Lord, to...
On the third and final day of our Pastor’s Conference, we noticed that two Pastors, father and son, were missing. About an hour into the day we received word that both Pastors were responding to a tragic accident involving two female members of their church. As the...
Three years ago Pastors Gerry and Kay Wilson, of Arcadia Friends Community Church, in Arcadia, California, came to Riverside School in Mori, India to begin a special partnership with the local Indian Pastors and their wives. The vision they were given by Matt Sanders,...
On Monday, we provided medical care to a rural village, Chintalamori. The camp was located at a Christian Church and we provided care to approximately 70 patients. The Lord was evident in this camp through the patients we saw. It was incredible to see the joy of the...
“I will bless the Lord who guides me; even at night my heart instructs me. I will not be shaken, for He is right beside me.” Medical Team. As we loaded the bus with medical supplies, vitamins and protein powder, we were equipped with the...
by Pastor Gerry Wilson Two years ago tragedy struck with the loss of life. A woman who underwent surgery at the Hospital at Riverside School died from an infection that was a direct result of the surgery. This middle-aged woman left behind a grieving husband, adult...
“Dr. Rose rested in the Lord at Subbamma Hospital, a place where she desired to serve the Lord while growing up in Mori – but she did not make it.”
Our “Shattered Dreams” have an eternal purpose in God’s economy.
Dr. Rose, seen below standing before the cross at communion, grew up as a little girl in Mori and tragically lost her life due to COVID 19 this past week. As a child, she lost her dad and her mother went abroad to serve as a migrant worker in Israel to support Rose and her young brother. Rose is a believer in Jesus Christ from a very young age and was known in her family to be a woman of prayer. Her first answer to her prayers came when she was admitted into a medical school on merit. She was always at the top of her class. When she heard the news of her acceptance into a medical school, her lifelong dream, I was told that she was driven to her knees to fast and pray to thank the Lord before she announced it to her mother and brother with great joy. Growing up in the village, she witnessed a spectacular looking hospital being built with a very welcoming ornate gate called “The Gate of Salvation”. Given that the hospital was dedicated to the glory of God, she purposed in her heart to serve here upon completing her residency.
I was deeply saddened to hear these details from her family. What a great doctor she could have been as she would have conducted her life in her personal relationship with her Lord. She expressed to her family that she wants to serve at the Subbamma hospital not to make money but simply to serve. As I reflect on this, I cannot help but appreciate those that have God’s heart. Dr. Rose and Subbamma are sisters of the same heart even though they were separated by time and space. They were both in the business of building God’s kingdom. To echo my father’s words, while he laid the foundation stone to the hospital “I am not building a hospital; I am building the Kingdom of God”. These are the same words Dr. Ida Scudder spoke when laying the foundation stone of Vellore Christian Medical College (CMC). We now know that CMC went on to become the most famous hospital and medical school in all of Asia where prime ministers of Asian nations were flown to for treatment.
Dr. Rose represented the purpose for which we exist as a ministry in Mori – to serve the Lord.
My mother, Amy Darwin, who served here during summers over twenty years teaching children dance and drama classes in the Mori village must have run into Rose many times not knowing there is a young girl who desired to serve the Lord in our ministry – a dream that would not be fulfilled in her life but God was in charge of Rose’s life to her last breath – His purposes are eternal.
Dr. Rose was in the process of completing her residency at Eluru government hospital, a city far away from Mori where she contracted the virus while treating severely ill Corona patients. I was also told by the family that she always shared her faith with her patients and what Jesus had done in her life to offer them hope and encouragement. When she became severely ill, she returned home to Mori. I feel she returned to pass away peacefully at home realizing her time has come to go home to be with the Lord. She suffered for a few days at home with a fever, body pains, and headache and not revealing her pain, but her cousins admitted her at our hospital although our resident doctor was reluctant to admit her given her condition. One of our consulting telehealth doctors from the UK along with the resident doctor later determined that it was a clot that killed her which is often a side effect of the virus. Our wonderful doctors and nurses worked very hard to save her life, but it was time and there was nothing we could do. I was told the night before she passed, her cousins carried her to the roof of our hospital where she witnessed the sunset one last time. She is now in the presence of the Lord along with Subbamma and interceding on our behalf along with all those who came before and our savior, Christ Jesus.
I will not forget Dr. Rose; she will always live in my memory as what God desires of me. I will be planting a rose bush on campus with a plaque describing Rosy and 2 Corinthians 2:15; “For we are the sweet fragrance of Christ [which ascends] to God, [discernible both] among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing”. It will serve as a testimony of what we should all desire in our hearts “to serve Him with our whole heart”. When things settle and her mother returns from Israel, I would like to conduct a memorial service in her honor. Dr. Rose’s death inspired all of us here in Mori to focus on God’s calling in our lives even if it means our dreams may be shattered as He knows the end from the beginning unconstrained by time and space.
As God planned it without my council, I came down to Mori a month ago to help the ministry here. All I had to do is be willing, despite fears regarding the current pandemic. I said yes to God and I am glad as I will return home enriched by this experience. God knows what He is doing even in the midst of Dr. Rose’s Shattered Dream.
I am learning to gain strength in Him through the grief and suffering of this time. Please pray for our work in India.
Please contact my father, in case you have further questions at 510-316-8286 or visit our website at www.hope-for-people.org
CEO, Project India.
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“The Lord is my light and my salvation whom shall I fear.
The Lord is my strength of my life of whom shall I be afraid. Psalms 27:1
The above verse from Psalms is the testimony of my life . It’s a great pleasure for me to share a few words regarding me and my family.
First of all I want to thank God Almighty, family friends and Darwin Sir for giving me this opportunity to share .
I was born in Christian family in Sakhinetipalli village near to Mori. I had my education in Christian schools like J. Sikle School across Mori and later at Riverside School where I learned more about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I am proud to say I am a student of Riverside school. This is the place where I learned about Christian values that did not depart from me till now. Though my parents worked in Arab countries for earning their lively hood they worked hard to give me and my sisters good education.
Though all my higher education was in secular schools and colleges, I never deviated from my principles in Christianity due to my good foundation at Riverside.
After completion of my Dental School, I ran into Dr. Sungti and his wife Dr. Nadia in Vijayawada. They were both serving as resident missionary doctors at Subbamma Mission Hospital at that time. They came to Vijayawada City, now the capital of Andhra, in search of a dentist. They happen to come to my friend’s clinics to enquire. As I was interning there, I introduced myself as a former Riverside Student and new the campus very well. Dr. Sungti asked me to come and join in Subbamma Mission Hospital, which I gladly accepted. This was the major turn in my life because until then I had no goals or ambition how to get settled in life. On May 20 ,2012, I entered Subbamma Mission Hospital premises on seeing the campus and the work done here by Drs. Sungti and Nadia. I felt their love for Jesus and I realized that God had created me for this purpose to help the needful. It was at this time I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior ant this brought new changes in my life and in making good decisions for my life prompted by God.
While working at Subbamma Hospital, I got married to Aksha who is good believer in Christ and we are blessed with two kids, a boy and a girl). My wife Aksha is from Hindu family but later got converted and accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior and Lord sometime during her childhood. Now, she is a strong believer and leads her college Friends and junior doctor s in regular daily prayers and giving them good moral support. We are having good life with our own clinics named AKSHA HOSPITALS creating smiles for people in our own practice nearby village. We are happy to extend our services here at Subbamma Hospital as well.
In my life I faced lots of up and downs and lots of crisis which I couldn’t handle investing money in some failure projects but God didn’t let me down he has risen me back to good position. My God is a Living God who knows all my problems even before we face them.
After Dr. Veeraju retired from Subbamma Hospital, I got to know Mr. Kishore, our Riverside school Principal that there is a real need here and he invited me back to run the hospital. I also, brought in my friend Dr. Sudhakar Nakka, now the medical superintend of the Subbamma Hospital. I feeling privileged to run Subbamma Mission Hospital so that we can serve the Lord here.
We are all looking forward to hosting the Summer Medical Team from Simpson University shortly.
Drs. Praveen Aksha Gaddam
Corporate Startup Summit, Zurich, Switzerland
An international platform was offered to Solomon as the keynote speaker about his work on Smart Villages at the upcoming Corporate Startup Summit in Zurich, Switzerland. Over three hundred senior executives and academics were inspired by Solomon’s message at the conference. His theme was – Moral values should be the foundation for Business Models, otherwise they are bound to fail. He observed this first hand from his grandmother, an entrepreneur who sold her products internationally from her village at a time when there was no power, internet, mobile phones, information, data, resources or platforms. Solomon will lend a voice to the people in the downtrodden underserved markets for whom the global brands ignore. Driven by greed large company make products for the rich as they have deep pockets. At Berkeley, Solomon teaches that low margin business models based on high volume yield the same results. Firms often go after the low-hanging fruit as they lack patience implement the long-term vision which requires commitment to moral values and benevolent leadership.
He was invited by the executives of the conference sponsor (Migros) who read his book. Migros is Switzerland’s largest retail company, its largest supermarket chain and largest employer. It is also one of the forty largest retailers in the world. It is structured in the form of a cooperative society, with more than two million members. Migros is founded in 1925 on moral values they still hold dear to this day. For example they do not sell alcohol in their stores. His book was given away for 99 cents during the conference. “There is no better way to lift up the Name of Jesus to this sophisticated group of executives” Solomon said.
It is hard to believe that more than a decade has past since I last set foot in Mori. My first trip to Mori was in 2006 when I received a scholarship to spend a month working with a visiting medical team at Subbamma Hospital. I quickly fell in love with the people I met, both at hospital and also at Riverside School. I was in medical school at the time and the interactions I had living and serving alongside the medical teams and hospital staff were a powerful and tangible reminder of why I chose to become a doctor. It was these relationships that prompted me to return to Mori in 2007 for a longer 6-month stay.
When I returned to Mori in October I was struck by how some aspects of life seemed so similar to when I had been there before and some had dramatically changed. I was pleased to be greeted by dear friends who have faithfully worked at the school and hospital during my long absence. One of my favorite memories from my time in 2007 was waking up early every morning, sitting on steps outside my room and drinking a cup of chai tea with Martha, the facilities manager. It was a chance to connect and enjoy the stillness before we continued on with our days. Upon my return, I was delighted to find that Martha, the chai, and the conversation were exactly as I remembered them.
I saw God at work in Mori, the shining eyes and smiling faces of the all the children in their school uniforms as they file on and off busses and dart in and out of classroom also brought back a flood of memories. I was encouraged to see that Riverside School is flourishing as it has expanded from a school of a couple hundred students in 2006 to more than 700 students today. Nothing seems to mark the passage of time quite so poignantly as watching children grow up. It is hard for me to believe that children I had played with as toddlers are now in high school, or children who were in high school are now teachers.
The towns of Mori and Malkipuram have also changed a lot since I’ve been gone. New business have sprung up, more cars crowd the street, and concrete houses have replaced many of the thatched roof huts. Back on campus, more buildings have been built, stories have been added, and fruit trees have been cultivated. Despite all these changes the palpable spirit of Project India can be felt just as strongly as when I was there a decade ago. God is really at work in Mori. I just hope it doesn’t take me another decade to find my way back to Mori again.
On June 7th – 9th we conducted our 7th annual three-day teacher training conference for the teachers at Riverside School. Each year, this conference is held just before the start of the new school year to inspire them in their own walk with the Lord, to help build their unity as a teaching team, and to assist them to be more effective as teachers and disciplers in the classroom.
Our dual themes this year were, “Seek First the Kingdom of God”, and “Love God, Love People”. Pastors Gerry and Kay, Carly and Annela, Karissa, and I took turns presenting various lectures, discussions, and activities centered around these themes. The teachers are eager learners – this is the only training they receive all year long, and they participate enthusiastically in the conference.
It has been wonderful to see the Lord at work at Riverside school and particularly in this teaching staff. In any Christian school, the teachers are the ones that have the opportunity to bring the reality of Christ into the classroom, and thus impact the students for eternity through their own faith, words, and actions. I’m excited that the current teachers at Riverside school comprise the strongest staff we have ever had! We have several older teachers who are the “pillars” of faith, and many new, younger teachers who love the Lord, and are energetic and enthusiastic about teaching.
One of our teachers, Smiley, is a personal example of our academic and spiritual strength. As a Riverside student for 12 years, Smiley dreamed of becoming a teacher at her own school. Last year, she completed her Bachelors degree in technology, and returned to teach with us. We are so thrilled to have her, along with a growing number of committed, well-trained young teachers.
As the story came to light we were shocked to here that earlier that morning, a 52 year old mother and her 22 year old daughter-in-law were working outside when they came into contact with a live electrical wire and were both electrocuted, killing both women instantly.
Feeling deeply for the grieving family members of these two women, my wife and I decided to attempt to call on the family the morning after this tragedy. With the help of Pastor Shalem and his gift as a translator, we went to the family home and were welcomed into their midst. We sought to bring the presence and comfort of Jesus Christ to this hurting family. Sharing God’s Word, expressing our sympathy, offering prayers for comfort, peace, hope and healing, was greatly appreciated and graciously received by the family.
Before we said good-bye we asked the family that when we returned to Mori one year from now, would it be possible for us to come and visit them to see how they are doing so that we could continue to build a relationship now that we have grieved together. Without hesitation they said yes, please come.
Below are photos from our visits to some of the local pastors’ churches and homes. Amidst great sorrow, we experienced joy to fellowship and deepen our relationships with these communities.
Every Conference since 2015 has seen growth in numbers, in leadership among the Indian Pastors, and in relationships with Pastors Gerry and Kay that are being nurtured long distance between conferences, and with each other locally throughout the year. One special blessing that is bearing fruit is the Indian Pastors great support of Riverside School that gets stronger every year as they have seen their own involvement and partnership in the Conferences with Pastors Gerry and Kay grow deeper.
In the afternoon we returned to Riverside School and provided a second medical camp for the wonderful staff. The campus staff works very hard despite any physical ailments. It was a blessing to serve the ones who are hosting us and taking care of us daily. Although this was a long day, we are truly blessed to have the opportunity to serve the people of India.
On Tuesday, we had the unique opportunity to visit KIMS Hospital and attend a political event for the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. We were able to tour the hospital and see their brand new catheter lab. It was amazing to see contrast between being out in the village and being in the hospital. After our tour we were provided with a warm welcome, VIP passes and VERY spicy food.
My team and I have been beyond blessed through this experience and are excited for what the week holds as we continue our medical camps.
Rather than conducting a week long program for children, we chose to conduct a training for 25 Sunday School teachers from surrounding church communities. We equipped them with knowledge of the foundations of faith, strategies for teaching, and tools to help them develop their personal relationship with the Lord.
The 3-day training was highly successful for our first time. The teachers left feeling inspired and motivated to make the gospel come alive in their own churches. We look forward to seeing this program continue in the future
by Pastor Gerry Wilson
Two years ago tragedy struck with the loss of life. A woman who underwent surgery at the Hospital at Riverside School died from an infection that was a direct result of the surgery. This middle-aged woman left behind a grieving husband, adult children, and a number of grandchildren. In addition, she also left behind a community of friends and neighbors that were angry and at one point up in arms towards the Doctor who performed the surgery and the Hospital.
Upon hearing of this tragedy, my congregation took up a love offering and commissioned my wife and I to deliver the gift, as an expression of the Love of Christ. On the day that the Simpson University Medical Team held a camp on the very property of the family that suffered the loss of their loved one, I went along with my interpreter, Pastor Shalem. With his help I was able to present the Gospel to those in the village attending the medical camp, followed by a personal and intimate visit with the husband and two adult sons of the woman who died.
The woman’s family, who were not Christians, were utterly amazed, even dumb founded that I came to see them, bearing a sizable money gift, knowing I had nothing to do with their loss. I’ll always remember the precious time we shared crying and praying together, as I shared promises from God’s Word for healing and hope for their future. As I was saying good-bye that day, I promised that every time I returned to Mori I would come and visit.
Fast forward one year to June 2017 when my wife and I and Pastor Shalem took an auto out to see the husband and family. When we arrived the husband had tears in his eyes and one adult son, with his own tears, said to us, ‘last year when you promised to visit I thought you would forget about us.’ To which I said again, ‘I have returned as promised because of the Love of God through His Son Jesus Christ, and I plan to continue to return for as long as I come to India.’
Fast forward to today, 2018. Matt Sanders our Team Leader, Pastor Shalem, Jill Maclaren from our congregation and my wife and I went out into the village to visit the family. Once again they were amazed to see us, receiving us with joy and open arms. God continues to do a work of healing in the midst of their loss, as they see the Love of Christ lived out through some very simple acts of caring.
Jesus said to the weary and broken-hearted, ‘Come unto Me all who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest.’ I have found that sometimes those that need to be comforted need someone to first bring Jesus to them. In my experience with this husband and family that lost their wife, mother and grandmother, I am seeing the Lord bring healing and hope to their broken hearts. For this I count it all joy and give thanks to the Lord that my church and my wife and I, along with Pastor Shalem, the Simpson University Medical Team and others, have been privileged to be a part of this transforming encounter that God has orchestrated, and is without a doubt not finished with yet. To God be the glory for the great things He has done and continues to do for this woman’s family!