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04-2016

2016 CFI Conference

Our annual conference was a huge success and we want to thank all those that came out. Our organization is growing and we're excited for what God has planned for us. Check out a few photos of this year's conference here.

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12.15.2015

CFI Annual Conference is Coming!!

As of today - December 15th -- the Annual Conference IS ONLY 116 DAYS AWAY! Please plan now to attend. The conference is April 9, 2016 and will be held at Mt. Vernon Mennonite Church in Kirkwood, PA.

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12.15.2015

Congratulations to our General Director!

We are happy to announce that on November 18, 2015, Vaibhav Bijorikar was married to Deepmala. The ceremony was held at Bethel Church in Chopda, district Jalgaon, Maharashtra, India. Deepmala is pursuing a Master's degree in social work. Please pray for them as they share both married and ministry life together.

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9.22.2015

"New" General Director

We are happy to announce that Vaibhav Bijorikar, who has been serving as the interim General Director since 2014, has been promoted to General Director of the CFI ministry campus in India effective September 1, 2015. We are so thankful for Vaibhav and for the gifts, skills and love for the boys and staff that the Lord has given through him. Please continue to pray for him, that he will love the Lord with all his heart, soul, mind and strength - and love those entrusted to him with wisdom and patience. 

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9.22.2015

New Additions on Campus

At the beginning of the summer we had the joy of seeing the Lord add 40 new boys to the CFI family. This now makes 181 boys living on campus - plus an additional 16 boys training at Grace Bible College in Amravati and 3 boys training at Prakash Institute in Nagpur. New sponsors are needed for these 40 new boys. Would you be willing to invest in a young life being trained to serve Jesus in India?

In addition to this, God has given us more staff workers. We now have new house parents, a campus nurse, 2 matrons, 2 watchmen, 2 helpers and 1 teacher. PLEASE PRAY - we still have a huge need for an Assistant Director to manage many important responsibilities and take a very heavy load off of the General Director.

The Lord continues to enrich the CFI family by giving us so many amazing blessings!

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2.8.2015

A Dear Loss

On February 2, 2015 our dear friend and colleague Pradeep went home to be with the Lord.  Pradeep and his wife Meena have worked for CFI for the past 5 years as houseparents.  Their daughter Prarthana is 5 years old and their son Moses just recently turned 1.  Pradeep loved Jesus and had committed his life to serve Him.  We grieve with his family as well as all the boys and staff at CFI.  Although we mourn, we have a joy in knowing he is with his dear Savior. Please continue to pray for Meena and their children.  We will miss you dearly Pradeep.  

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1.26.2015

Happy Republic Day India!

Today is a national holiday, which marks the 66th anniversary of adopting the Indian Constitution.  Happy Republic Day India! 

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10.21.2014

Boys On Break

The boys are currently on break from school for 10 days.  This break is because of Diwali which is also known as the Festival of Lights.  This is an important holiday for Hindus and it signifies victory over darkness, evil, ignorance and despair.  The majority of people in India are Hindus and we know that our boys at CFI are so blessed to have the opportunity to learn about Jesus.  They know the truth about how to have victory over darkness.  Our little campus is a light in the darkness of India.  

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10.1.2014

Our New Assistant Director

We would like you all to welcome our new Assistant Director, Vaibhav Joseph Bijorikar to the team!  We are so excited to have him on board to share in the vision and mission of CFI.  He was born in Maharashtra and grew up in a Christian family.  Although outwardly he seemed to be living the Christian life, inwardly he was dealing with personal issues and struggles.  While battling depression he decided to open up his Bible and he opened up to Psalms 51 was impacted immediately.  This was how his life was transformed and he decided to pursue his education.  He completed his Bachelor of Theology at Maharashtra Bible College and eventually ended up working there as well.  Then he went to Jubilee Memorial Bible College in Chennai and received his Master of Divinity.  He was appointment the Coordinator for Communication in Compassion for India in Rajasthan.  Then he saw a need at CFI and has since joined our team.  His dream is to build strong leaders for the future and for the Lord.  He is excited to teach and to encourage the staff and boys here.  We are excited to see how the Lord works in him and in the lives of the children at CFI.  

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9.19.2014

Updates On Some Of The Boys

We have two boys at Prakash Institute in Nagpur and they are doing well in their Refrigeration and Air-condition course. This is their second year and they will complete their training next August.

Six of our boys have now completed their training at Prakash Institute and have even started working in various companies.  Three of them have completed their Refrigeration and Air-condition certifications, two in Electrical and one working with computers.  All of the boys expressed their appreciation to CFI for furthering their education and for all that has been done for them.  We are happy to see them grow and proud of their hard work.  We pray for those young men as they continue to move forward and serve the Lord.

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9.10.2014

New Assistant Director

We are happy to announce that we have hired Mr. Vaibhav Bijorikar as our new Assistant Director.  We will tell you more about him very soon and are pleased to introduce him to you.  Thank you to all those who have prayed for this role to be filled.  We are excited to have him as part of the CFI family and are encouraged to see the ways in which God will use him.  

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9.2.2014

Never Forsaken Going On Tour

We introduced you to the band Never Forsaken in the past.  They are a band that supports CFI and we are so happy to announce they will be going on tour soon!  We are excited to see how God uses their ministry of music to reach others for Him.  Below is their tour schedule and a link to their website, so please check them out if you live in any areas they are visting.  Never Forsaken has been one of our biggest supporters and we are so thankful to them for their love and genuine desire to serve the Lord in they do.  

http://www.neverforsakenmusic.com/events.cfm

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8.24.2014

Safe Return

We are thankful for the safety of our group that just returned from India.  Thank you to everyone for your prayers while they were away.  We are excited to hear their stories of how God is working in the lives of our boys and staff.  We will be sharing some updates very soon.  Thank you again to everyone for your prayers!

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8.18.2014

Do You Want To Go To India?

Have you ever considered going on a trip to India? Some of you might be world travelers while others may not have had the opportunity to do so.  We encourage each of you to prayerfully consider going on one of our many trips to India which we take each year.  Please come and view with your own eyes the work that God is doing within the lives of our boys and staff at CFI.  You will also get to experience the diverse culture and beauty with contrast to the severe poverty and desperate need in this country.  Come show the love of Jesus simply by holding the hand of a child or serving him some rice at dinner.  It is truly in those small moments where hearts connect and smiles reach beyond language.  If God is tugging at your heart, please talk to us and we would love to take you on a trip to India! 

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8.10.2014

August India Trip

Our team is on their way to India so please keep them in prayer.  We are thankful for the opportunity for each person to be able to go and visit CFI.  We hope that they will be deeply impact by their trip and that the boys and staff will be blessed with the visitors.  Please pray for their safety and health and that God would truly move in the hearts of each person there.  

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8.1.2014

Philip In Cairn Magazine

Philip is a graduate of Cairn University which is formerly known as Philadelphia College of Bible.  The newest issue of their magazine just came out and he was briefly featured in their Alumni section.  There is also a virtual magazine so feel free to check it out at:

http://magazine.cairn.edu/2014/07/alumni-arena-springsummer-2014/

If you are a graduate of Cairn University and knew Philip, we would love to hear from you!  



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7.27.2014

Church Visit in Artemas, PA

Today Philip and Somy visited Lebanon Christian Church in Artemas, Pennsylvania.  Philip spoke in the service and we are so thankful for the opportunity. It was great to see you all and we hope to come back again soon! 

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7.19.2014

Church Visit This Sunday

On Sunday July 20th, Philip will be visiting Calvary Bible Church in Deptford, New Jersey.  We are happy to be visiting a church with people who have been supporting us for a long time.  We look forward to spending the day with you all.  If you live in the area please feel free to and visit for a time of worship and fellowship. 

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7.13.2014

An Update On School

The boys have started school again.  This year we have the 1st and 2nd graders on our campus.  This is very exciting as we have been praying for that for years! The rest of the older boys are back to the same public school which is in walking distance.  Continue to pray for them as they interact with other children from town and teachers of the area.  7 of our boys are now attending Grace Bible College in the city of Amravati which is about an hour away.  Please pray for them as they continue their education and seek God's leading in their lives.  

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7.7.2014

Want CFI To Come To Your Church?

We have had the pleasure of visiting so many churches here at CFI.  We have met our sponsors and made new friends.  You have invited us into your homes and into your lives.  We have shared meals and fellowship and laughter and tears.  So many relationships have been built with our board, staff and those associated with CFI.  This is a blessing to us in so many ways and we are very thankful for the times we get to meet with you.  If you want us to come visit your church, we would love to try and make that happen!  We want to share about what the Lord is doing in a small town called Naya Akola in India and in the hearts and lives of our boys.  We would also like to get to know you!  For those we have already met on our journey, we value your friendships and thank you very much.  

Contact information is available at the bottom of this page.

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6.29.2014

Our Church Visits This Weekend

This weekend Philip and Somy Dongre are visiting some of our sponsoring churches.  Saturday they arrived in Danville, PA and enjoyed a banquet and time of fellowship with our friends from Rush Baptist Church.  They are celebrating their 175th anniversary as a church! Today Philip speaks in both services and will get to share his heart with our brothers and sisters there.  

They also were able to visit Blessed Hope Bible Church in Liverpool, PA and gave them updates on CFI. We are so blessed to have churches that support and love our boys.  Thank you to both these churches for their continued love and prayers for us!

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6.22.2014

High School Graduation!

We have exciting news for you all! All 9 of our high school boys passed their exams and have graduated from high school!!  Praise God! Each of them will attend 1 year of Bible College before they continue on their journey.  Please pray for the Lord's leading in each of their lives as they figure out what they want to do after their year at College.  We are so happy for our boys and are excited to see how God will work in each of thier lives.

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6.15.2014

Recent Trip To India

Welcome back to our board members, Bobby Rando and Philip Dongre who flew back from India today.  They had the privilege of collectively visiting CFI in a two week period.  They had several tasks and administrative work to take care of and had a meeting with the Indian CFI board.  This was a great time of meeting and fellowship and they accomplished much in their time together.  Our new Assistant Director will be starting next month and we will let you know more about that soon. We have pictures to share from the newly paved roads on our campus so check back soon.  We are thankful for Bobby and Philip's trip and safe return.  Thank you for your prayers!

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6.6.2014

What's Happening This Week?

On June 10th all the children will be back from any summer breaks that they took.  Then on June 15th the boys will all begin a fun week of Vacation Bible School.  The roads that were being worked on are now complete just in time for the boys coming back.  Please continue to pray for new staff and houseparents. As always thank you for your prayers and support!

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5.25.2014

Pray For Our Staff

We know you pray for our boys and we are so grateful.  We would like to request that you would pray for our staff at CFI as well.  Many of you already pray for them and have even met many of them on your trips to India.  They play an important role in the lives of our children and we are thankful for them.  We pray that God will give them discernment and grace as they take part in the daily lives of the boys.  They are caretakers and role models and we want the children to see the love of Christ reflecting in them.  Pray that God will continue to work in their lives and strengthen their relationships with Him.  Thank you for supporting us through prayer! 

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5.18.2014

Our Church Visit Today

Today Philip and his wife visited New Beginnings, a Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Poughkeepsie, New York.  We have about 10 loving sponsers and families that support us here.  Philip spoke in church and met with the team of about 5 people who will be going to India in August.  We had a wonderful time of fellowship and thank you so much for the hospitality you continue to show us year after year.  

Please let us know if you would like Philip to come to your church!

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5.7.2014

Sponsor Profile: The Band Never Forsaken

There are many of you out there that support us such as individuals, families, churches, Sunday schools, organizations and more! We want to tell you about the band, Never Forsaken and how they are reaching hearts for Jesus.  Their vision is that they “will use their music to spread the news of the Gospel to people around the world while generating global awareness and financial support for charitable ministries and organizations dedicated to assisting the needy.” Never Forsaken supports CFI and at their shows they even have a table set up specifically for us.  They take time to talk about our ministry during the shows and support us with their time, finances and generous hearts.  Congratulations to the band because they just released their first studio album on May 2nd! We are excited about what God is doing in their ministry and for what this next year will hold for them! We are honored that they have decided to partner with CFI and we would like to show them our support as well!

They have some tour dates coming up and you can check them out at their website: http://www.neverforsakenmusic.com/index.cfm

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5.01.2014

What Is Happening Today?

Currently we are adding a sewer pipeline on our campus and the final layer of the blacktop will soon be complete. Right now it is about 110 degrees during the day but it will become much hotter! Some of our boys are visiting with family for their summer break, so please pray for them as they leave our campus.  This is a time where they can share the love of Christ with others and we are excited for their stories as they come back. School will start back up in the third week of June.  Thank you for your prayers and support!

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4.24.2014

Easter For The Boys

It is tradition for our boys to go into town each year for Palm Sunday and Easter.  On Palm Sunday they all marched through the streets waiving their palm branches while singing songs and shouting their memorized Scripture verses.  On Easter Sunday our boys went into town again and with great joy declared in their loudest voices, "Christ is risen!"  They also sang songs of praise and recited Bible verses.  What a wonderful sight to see! They are little lights with big voices in a very dark area.  Praise God for their declarations of faith and the love they are displaying to the community around them.   

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4.20.2014

"O Death, Where Is Your Victory?"

“Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O death, where is your victory?  O death, where is your sting?”

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.      

1 Corinthians 15:55-58

Happy Easter friends!  Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior is risen today!  What a joyful and glorious occasion to celebrate! We serve a living Savior who has victory over the grave and has defeated sin.  Let us look to Jesus, our precious Lamb, who died and rose again! 

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4.18.2014

Like A Lamb That Is Led To The Slaughter

But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth. By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people? And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth.

Isaiah 53:5-9

What a sacrifice Jesus made for us whom He lovingly calls His children.  There is only One who took on all our sin, pain and sorrows as His own.  The Son of God was "like a lamb that is led to the slaughter." Through His love and sacrifice for us, we are now heirs to the Mighty and Living God!  What an undeserving and grant love He has lavished on His children. All praise and glory to our Savior Jesus Christ!

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4.13.2014

God Made A Way!

For the last 7 years we have been continually praying that we could open up a school on our CFI campus.  For 7 years we could  not obtain the permission from the government to do so.  This past year our prayers were finally answered when the government granted our request!  Now our boys who are in Kindergarden and the First grade are able to study in our school.  In June when the new school year starts, we will be adding the Second grade as well.  This is very exciting news for all of us! We are currently looking for Christian teachers to join our school staff. Please pray for the right godly men and women who will truly care for our boys academically and spiritually as they point them to Christ.  We are so joyful and thankful to God who always makes a way! 

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4.9.2014

A Need For House Parents

There is a tremendous amount of work that goes into taking care of 170 little boys.  From the time they wake up to the moment their head hits the pillow, and even as they sleep, someone is there taking care of them.  Our house parents play a crucial role in the lives of our boys.  They help them brush their teeth, make sure they are fed and do every day things like any parent.  They are there to pick them up when they fall and get hurt.  They keep them accountable with chores and school work.  They are there to love and show the boys that someone is consistently there for them.  In a country like India, finding a godly and loving house parent is very difficult.  Finding someone who loves Jesus and can care for our children is a top priority for us. We already have a wonderful group of staff members who work at CFI but we are looking for more people to join us.   We ask for your prayers in finding the right people who will come with willing hearts to serve Christ and the boys at CFI.  We are confident that God is already preparing hearts and we appreciate your prayers!

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4.1.2014

It Was Good To See You!

It was so good to see you all at our conference this past Saturday.  We hope you enjoyed the day as much as we did.  It was nice to see old friends as always and make new ones as well! We want to thank our speaker Pastor Steve Jonathan, who visited us all the way from the UK along with his lovely wife.  We were encouraged and inspired by his message.  Thank you to our friends from the band Never Forsaken who provided music and worship for our day.  We had a wonderful Indian lunch and time of fellowship. What an encouraging day where we were reminded yet again that God is faithful to provide.  Lives are being changed one by one, not only in the lives of our boys, but in you as well.  Thank you for supporting us and for sharing your love with these children.  See you next year!

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3.24.2014

Our Annual Conference Is This Saturday

We are so excited that our annual conference is this coming Saturday!! This year we will be at Fellowship Bible Church in Sewell, New Jersey.  Our guest speaker will be Pastor Steve Jonathan from Tamworth Elim Church in the UK.  Please come out and join us for a great time of fellowship and food! We really enjoy getting together with all of you each year and celebrating the wonderful work that Christ is doing in India and in your lives as well.  We thank you for your continued support, love and prayers that keep CFI going each and every day.  See you Saturday friends! 

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3.22.2014

Prayer For Exams

Please pray for our 10th grade boys as they are preparing to take their exams.  These exams are very important as they can determine the academic future of many children at this age.  Thank you! 

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3.4.2014

A Prayer Update

Thank you to everyone for your prayers! 35 of our boys who had chickenpox are doing much better!  Praise God!!  

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2.20.2014

God Is At Work

According to UNICEF, “India has an estimated 31 million orphans.” According to the United Nations “2.1 million children die before reaching the age of 5 every year-four every minute.”  It is hard to wrap your mind around such numbers.  These staggering statistics can be discouraging and painful to think about.  India is a country where sex-trafficking, poverty and forced abortions are a normal everyday occurrence. What can we do for these people and children in need? CFI is a place where little lives are being transformed and renewed for Jesus. It is a light in a country where darkness reigns.  One life at a time is being impacted in a place where people are imprisoned emotionally, physically and spiritually. Though the numbers are grand and seem unsurmountable, it is each individual life that changes a land and people one by one.  It is people like you who have hearts for those in dark places.  You may not know, but you are making a difference.  In your prayers, your giving, and your commitment to love others like Jesus has first loved us.  Be encouraged friends…God is at work.     

"I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33

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2.12.2014

Do You Want To Go To India?

Have you ever considered going on a trip to India? Some of you might be world travelers while others may not have had the opportunity to do so.  We encourage each of you to prayerfully consider going on one of our many trips to India which we take each year.  Please come and view with your own eyes the work that God is doing within the lives of our boys and staff at CFI.  You will also get to experience the diverse culture and beauty with contrast to the severe poverty and desperate need in this country.  Come show the love of Jesus simply by holding the hand of a child or serving him some rice at dinner.  It is truly in those small moments where hearts connect and smiles reach beyond language.  If God is tugging at your heart, please talk to us and we would love to take you on a trip to India! 

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2.4.2014

A Prayer Request For The Boys

Please pray for many of the boys who have chickepox right now.  We pray for healing for each child as they face the many symptoms!

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12.25.2013

For To Us A Child Is Born….

"For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the govenment shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wondeful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace" Isaiah 9:6.

Merry Christmas from the boys, staff, family and board members here at CFI!  We hope your day will be special as you celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ! 

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12.1.2013

Giving Thanks

Hello friends!  Can you believe it’s already December? As this year quickly comes to an end, we want to reflect on what the Lord has done here at CFI and in the lives of those involved. We are so thankful for each and every one of you who continue to faithfully support us in various ways.  This ministry could not be sustained without your love, prayers and support.  Most of all we praise and thank God that He remains faithful and constant!  

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever! Psalm 107:1

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2.27.13

God Continues to Amaze

"This was the Lord's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes" (Psalm 118:23). We rejoice as we can see these same words applied to all that is happening with the ministry of CFI. The Lord is the One who raised up this work. He is the One who provided the new ministry campus, the faithful workers, and the 177 precious boys who presently live there. He is the One who has touched the hearts of His people and, through their generous and sacrificial giving, has provided - not only for the daily needs of each child, but also for future and expanding potentials of ministry. Through this wonderful provision we see a tract of land with many buildings on it now, dedicated to God's glory; clean, fresh water in an area known for bitter; and a building process that continues to yield greater opportunities to significantly reach into India's children, churches, and communities.  

We are incredibly grateful for the time given to personally engage in this ministry and especially to see the work first-hand. What a privilege to meet, hold and love these children and to witness what God is doing in their lives. Ministering in churches and villages (and many other varied opportunities) are always a profound experience. Your prayers are being answered! And your gifts are being used in such a special and eternal way!  You are encouraged to see all of this for yourself. 

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1.31.12

A New Year

It’s hard to believe that we have now started a new year, two thousand thirteen. This past year seemed to go by so quickly, but even though time flew by, thank God for much was accomplished at CFI in India. 

All of our children and staff are very thankful to you, for your prayers and special gift for Christmas. They enjoyed the Christmas season very much which was a great testimony to the local community and others. Also thank you for your contribution toward the dental clinic that we are praying for. Funds are still coming and hope to dedicate this facility to the glory of God next month during our mission’s trip to CFI. 

At CFI, children are literally being trained to be missionaries among their own people. There is no language problem, no culture shock, no food problems, and antibodies are already built up in the system to help fight off the diseases of India. Thank God for wonderful workers that He has sent at CFI. Last year 10 boys graduated from the technical school and we have 10 in training this year including one at Bible school. 

Please continue to pray for all 177 children, 22 staff and the leadership. Pray with us for God’s protection, leading, provision and changing hearts on a daily basis. 

Thank you for your continued support for CFI ministry. Through your help God is going to do some exciting new things at CFI this year. Please pray that this optimism will become a reality. May God bless your family into this New Year.

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Philip Dongre
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