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Participants: Shelley Quinn (Host), Helen Eager, Jim Rennie, Ravi Dass, Ron Watts

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01:01 Hello, and welcome to 3ABN.
01:02 We're so glad that you are joining us
01:04 for this Today program.
01:06 And I think you will be blessed by the program
01:10 and the marvelous work that is
01:12 being done across the ocean.
01:15 I wanted to read to you,
01:17 one of my favorite scriptures.
01:18 And I know I've shared this before,
01:20 but we learned through repetition, right.
01:22 And this is something Paul wrote in
01:24 his first letter to the Thessalonians.
01:26 I'm going to read a Chapter 3 versus 12 and 13.
01:31 And he says, "May the Lord make you increase
01:36 and abound in love to one another,
01:39 and to all, as we also do to you.'
01:42 'Why so that He may establish you in holiness.
01:50 And He establish your hearts blameless in holiness,
01:54 before our God and Father at the coming of
01:56 our Lord Jesus Christ with all of His saints'".
01:59 Do you realize what Paul is saying?
02:01 As we grow in love, we grow in holiness.
02:04 And I believe today you're going to agree with me,
02:08 that our guests are being established in holiness
02:12 because the love in their hearts is so amazing.
02:16 And we want to thank you for the love in your hearts.
02:19 We thank you for your prayers and your support.
02:23 And I believe that as our viewing audience
02:27 sees this we know, that we're going to be
02:29 talking today with people from Asian Aid
02:32 and we know many of you are supporters of Asian Aid.
02:36 And that shows, the love in your heart.
02:39 We want to thank you for your financial support to 3ABN.
02:43 But also to the many ministries
02:46 that we showcase here on 3ABN,
02:49 so that you can see what God is doing around the world.
02:53 Well, let's get right to it,
02:54 I want to introduce our special guest today.
02:57 And first we have with us someone
02:59 who is not a stranger to our 3ABN audience.
03:02 Helen Eager, Helen, thank you so much
03:04 for coming back today.
03:08 It's nice to be here.
03:09 I know it is. You have such a soft voice.
03:12 You may have to speak up, so I can hear you.
03:15 And then we have Pastor Ron Watts.
03:18 Pastor, we're so glad, that you are with us here today.
03:22 You actually, you and your wife served in India for...
03:26 Twenty seven years.
03:27 Twenty seven years and you were the Division President.
03:32 When the last part of that service was 11 years
03:35 as Southern Asia Division President.
03:37 Well, that's, we're gonna get to your story
03:39 and find out a little bit about,
03:41 how the Lord got you there to in India.
03:44 And then, we have with us Ravi Dass,
03:47 and Ravi is a Field Officer with the Asian Aid.
03:53 Ravi obviously you look like maybe India was
03:57 a place that you were born.
03:59 Oh, yes. Oh, yes.
04:00 So we're gonna here your wonderful story as well.
04:03 First Helen let's just jump right into this.
04:07 You have been for 30 plus years with Asian Aid,
04:10 and I know that, you know, our dear friend Joanne,
04:14 when she was over there with us,
04:16 Joanne said to me later,
04:17 she said walking around the villages with Helen is
04:20 like being with Mother Teresa.
04:22 She said that, and I say that in the best way
04:27 because she said that,
04:28 there are so many young children
04:32 and older people who have,
04:34 you have helped nurture through the years.
04:37 And they just consider you mummy,
04:39 and they follow you around.
04:41 Tell us, how did God get you there in the first place.
04:47 The first time I went to India,
04:48 we had started raising funds for Sunshine Orphanage.
04:52 And so Dorothy Watts, you know,
04:53 she invited us to come and there was a friend of mine,
04:56 he was coming to pickup a baby,
04:58 she was going to adopt.
04:59 And because we had been raising money for Sunshine,
05:02 they suggested that I come and see,
05:04 you know, so that I would be able to talk about
05:06 it when, you know,
05:07 when I went back home again.
05:09 So that was how I first got involved with
05:11 actually coming here.
05:13 But in the beginning,
05:14 Asian Aid was actually registered as a charity just
05:17 to send blankets and warm clothes to
05:18 South Korea after the war.
05:20 So from almost from the beginning,
05:22 I have pack things, you know,
05:24 to guide to South Korea
05:25 and sort of I was kind of involved...
05:28 Once you've got over to India,
05:31 and you saw the great need,
05:33 God just... your heart was drawn like
05:36 a magnet to India, wasn't it?
05:38 I guess, I got obsessed.
05:39 Yes, so tough obsessed is a good word.
05:42 I think that word is called passionate,
05:43 it's what we say for a Christian.
05:45 You became passionate to help the people there.
05:48 Tell us what's going on with Asian Aid today.
05:52 Now we're sponsoring somewhere
05:53 in the vicinity of about 9,000 children,
05:56 in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and we've got
05:58 a smaller number in Sri Lanka.
06:00 And we have a school for blind children
06:04 with 200 children there currently,
06:07 about half of them are totally blind,
06:09 and half have, you know, a little bit of sight.
06:12 And then we have a school for deaf children
06:14 with around 100 children there currently.
06:18 But for me I guess because I've been involved now
06:20 for so many years, the best thing is seeing
06:23 these young people who have come up through
06:25 Asian Aid now, really doing something
06:28 special for the Lord.
06:29 Amen. You know, with their lives that's,
06:31 you know, makes it worthwhile for me.
06:34 And everywhere I go in India, these orphan children say,
06:37 do you remember me, I mean, some of them I do,
06:40 but some of them, you know.
06:41 After so many years.
06:43 Yeah, that it's amazing, the children that have
06:45 actually come up through our boarding schools
06:47 and orphan homes, pretty much they all accept Jesus,
06:51 you know, of course in a day school,
06:52 it's a little bit more difficult to have
06:54 a lot of influence.
06:55 But the other children, so many of them are pastors
06:57 and teachers and a few of them are even doctors
07:01 and one or two engineers that, you know,
07:04 they have been actually educated
07:06 by Asian Aid.
07:08 And can I just tell three about three.
07:10 Please. Really quickly, okay.
07:12 There is a young man in Bangladesh,
07:14 who was actually sponsored by one of my friends.
07:17 And then, you know,
07:19 he was working in the mission for few years.
07:21 And he actually had the chance
07:22 to migrate to Australia.
07:24 He had the chance to migrate to the USA.
07:26 And he said no, my wife and I feel,
07:28 God wants us here.
07:29 And he has now been put in charge of
07:31 the sponsorship program for Bangladesh.
07:35 Amen. So now he is.
07:36 You know, he is a person in charge there.
07:39 And how wonderful because he grew up...
07:41 That's right, that he understands.
07:43 Yes, perfectly.
07:44 And then one of our young men
07:46 from that grew up in one of our orphanages.
07:47 He is the pastor of four churches in London.
07:50 And he has been looking at just this last little while,
07:54 he has been running an evangelistic program
07:56 and I got an email from him this morning.
07:58 And this coming week end, he is going to Kenya,
08:02 to be a speaker at a camp meeting.
08:04 So, you know, it's lovely to see
08:05 these young people really doing for God.
08:07 And one of our young man in Nepal
08:12 he actually met his sponsor for the first time,
08:15 few months back now.
08:16 And the sponsor took his whole family
08:18 over there to meet him.
08:20 And this young man, who is a pastor
08:22 actually baptized, he sponsor his daughter.
08:24 Praise the Lord. Somewhat, you know.
08:26 It's the stories all correct, just make it worthwhile.
08:28 Asian Aid is working primarily in India and Nepal.
08:32 Bangladesh. In Bangladesh.
08:33 And Sri Lanka as well. Okay, and in Sri Lanka.
08:36 When well I think we've got some pictures of you.
08:40 I just want to show some of these precious faces.
08:43 This is you with a crowd of children around you.
08:46 Where is this taken, do you know?
08:48 It looks like the, I can't even see properly.
08:51 It looks like Jeypore School, is it?
08:53 Okay. I think its Jeypore.
08:55 And then we have two precious babies,
08:57 these children are, if you understand
09:03 the economy and the culture and the system of India.
09:07 If it weren't for works like Asian Aid.
09:10 This one from deaf school, and the deaf school.
09:13 If it weren't for ministries like Asian Aid,
09:16 what would happen to these children?
09:18 Well, I think some of them would be dead,
09:20 you know, I mean some of them would be begging,
09:22 some of them, you know,
09:23 would be maybe just working in the fields for,
09:26 you know, for mere pittance.
09:28 Most of them wouldn't have known,
09:29 they've got a God who loves them.
09:32 You know, it's some,
09:34 it just makes such a difference to have
09:37 an education and to learn about Jesus.
09:39 Amen, and the precious thing is that you're not
09:42 only making certain that,
09:44 you meet their physical needs.
09:46 But you are educating them through Asian Aid
09:49 and also you're meeting their spiritual needs.
09:52 Yeah. And that's wonderful.
09:53 I know that you shared a very powerful
09:58 sombering DVD with me called
10:02 "The Day My God Died" and just to give you
10:06 a brief little idea of what this DVD is about.
10:11 And I think you can actually see it on YouTube,
10:14 but it's called "The Day My God Died"
10:16 and it is about the children who are kidnapped,
10:20 sold into slavery, sex slavery,
10:24 and just in Bombay alone,
10:25 there is over 500,000 sex slaves.
10:29 They are sold to brothel owners
10:32 and these children are ages in the documentary
10:37 we're talking about children at ages,
10:38 five, six, seven years old.
10:41 They're getting very young children
10:43 and the children then, if they do not want to have sex.
10:48 They will beat them, pour acid on them,
10:50 burn them with cigarettes, rape them.
10:53 And then they have no choice, it's amazing.
10:57 So a lot of these children,
10:58 that are actually in your homes,
11:00 would probably end up in the sex trade.
11:03 And 80 percent of these end up with HIV.
11:07 And then even when they are rescued sometimes,
11:10 they are still an outcaste because they do have HIV.
11:14 Pastor Watts, you and your wife went
11:18 27 years ago to India.
11:20 How did you end up going to India?
11:23 Well, that's, that's a God story. Okay.
11:25 When I was studying for the ministry in college,
11:29 there was a youth rally in a major city.
11:32 In that youth rally,
11:33 the leader asked those to stand,
11:36 who would be willing to go for mission service.
11:38 And I stood to my feet,
11:39 said that's what God wants me to do in time,
11:41 I would do that.
11:43 Two thousand miles away in another youth rally,
11:45 my wife did the same thing.
11:47 We didn't know each other, and later when we met,
11:50 first date we discovered
11:52 we had both made that commitment.
11:53 Praise God. So when the call came to go to India.
11:59 we felt it was God's call, so we went.
12:01 Amen. Is that simple.
12:03 Amen, now you were there
12:06 and how did you end up opening your home to orphans?
12:11 My wife was teaching school,
12:13 I was doing evangelism
12:15 and administrative work in South India Union.
12:19 And my wife would read the papers,
12:21 she would read the paper in the morning,
12:23 the English paper and find out
12:26 this baby was left on the railway tracks to be run over.
12:29 This abandoned baby was cast into a well,
12:32 and there were so many abandoned babies
12:34 that were left with hospitals.
12:36 And every time she would read this,
12:37 she would say I could find a mother for that baby,
12:39 And so finally, I encouraged her to start going
12:44 to the hospitals to get those babies.
12:47 It wasn't an easy task but she found a legal way to do it.
12:51 And after a while, there were dozen bassinets
12:55 in our front room and spare a bedroom.
12:58 And 12 babies crying at night,
13:01 you can waken up in the middle of the night,
13:03 you can imagine what that's like living with.
13:05 Amen, and so she was taking babies to find people
13:09 that would adopt them.
13:11 And then she wasn't planning on taking any older children.
13:15 She didn't have an idea of orphanage.
13:17 But one day, a lady came to her in the night
13:20 and told her about a man,
13:23 whose wife had been beaten by a rabid dog,
13:26 and she died with rabies, horrible death.
13:29 And she had four children, the oldest was eight.
13:32 And her husband was left to do his work
13:34 and take care for the family.
13:36 The little eight year old, could she had to do
13:39 the cooking for the family and care for the baby.
13:41 Well, one day a cow came running down
13:44 the little narrow street where they lived.
13:46 And the little girl, reached out to save her sister
13:49 and the cow hit her on the leg,
13:51 and so she got a horrible abscess on her leg,
13:54 and it wasn't healing.
13:56 And the husband was man of the house was getting
13:59 so frustrated because he couldn't manage.
14:02 He didn't have anybody to help them.
14:04 He was a couple of hundred miles
14:06 from his home village.
14:07 And so he decided in his poverty
14:11 and his discouragement to get rat poison,
14:14 put it in the rice one night, when they were eating,
14:17 and all of them would die together.
14:18 Oh! Mercy. That was his plan.
14:20 So neighbor lady found out about it
14:24 and she knew about my wife gathering babies.
14:27 So she knocked on our gate and called my wife
14:30 and immediately my wife went
14:32 and took the three younger children.
14:34 One was a baby, one was about three years old
14:36 and one was Ravi Dass, who is sitting here today.
14:39 Yes. He was five years old at that time.
14:41 That was the beginning of the orphanage in our home.
14:44 And soon it grew, and we had to hire the house next door.
14:48 And we had 50, 60, 70, 80 children,
14:51 eventually there were 100 children.
14:53 And then some, we got Asian Aid involved.
14:57 They were very good organization came
14:59 and help with the sponsorship for the children,
15:01 and help to buy property and get an institution going.
15:05 And that was the beginning of the Sunshine Home.
15:07 Amen. Your precious wife Dorothy Watts.
15:09 I understand that you laid her to rest about
15:13 just about nine months ago.
15:15 And I want to tell you how sorry we're for that.
15:18 I know that she was very special
15:20 and I know that right now is
15:21 a very emotional time for you.
15:23 And we just ask that you'll be praying
15:26 for Pastor Watts.
15:28 And isn't it wonderful, to have that blessed hope
15:31 to know that she is going to be in that first resurrection.
15:37 And that as she comes up and they are reunited,
15:41 that they're going to receive that victors garland
15:44 that crowned from Jesus Christ
15:47 because they were established in holiness,
15:52 blameless in holiness because of the love
15:54 that God poured into your hearts
15:55 and that you shared with others.
15:57 Thank you so much, that's very encouraging.
15:58 Amen, Amen!
16:00 Now we have some pictures that I wanted to show you.
16:04 And they brought some pictures of the first children
16:06 at the Watts' home.
16:07 And perhaps you'd like to Pastor Rennie
16:10 would like to comment on these.
16:13 Well, I told you about how Ravi came to our home.
16:15 The second family was also a tragic story.
16:19 They were four children, the husband was a military man,
16:24 who was given to drink and he would beat up his wife
16:28 and threaten his children.
16:29 One day he lit his wife, sorry on fire,
16:34 but it was put out, she was badly burn.
16:36 But then he lit her again
16:40 another time and she was killed.
16:41 Oh! And so here with these children.
16:43 And he was threatening them.
16:44 So my wife found out, with the situation
16:47 these children were in, and so she rescued them
16:49 and brought them home. Oh!
16:51 And there was four, two of them were older,
16:53 so she send two of them to the boarding school,
16:55 and two of them were the small kids to be
16:57 in our home with us.
16:59 And that's the second family,
17:00 and they are many more stories just like that.
17:02 I truly love it. People in tragedy.
17:04 People with problems and there is no hope for them,
17:07 except that the Lord impresses
17:09 somebody to come and help them.
17:10 Amen. I can't wait to meet your precious wife.
17:14 She sounds like, she was just truly a saint,
17:18 love in action, wasn't she?
17:20 She was. Yeah, so God bless her very much.
17:23 Ravi, how precious that you were able to be reared
17:28 by Pastor Ron and his wife Dorothy.
17:32 Tell us about your experience in their home?
17:35 Well, I just cannot imagine coming to a home,
17:39 when living with poverty, having no food to eat
17:44 and a proper place to sleep.
17:47 And all of a sudden, bringing me
17:50 and placing in the arms of Mrs. Watts.
17:53 Yeah. With the smiling face on her.
17:56 I know she is not here anymore
17:58 but there is something that is left.
18:01 Yes, Amen. Behind for me to think about.
18:04 And I cannot imagine the way she has nurtured me,
18:09 brought me up, put me on the table,
18:12 slept me, talk to me.
18:15 You know, this it's a great joy
18:17 and the experience that I've gone through, amen.
18:19 That's been a blessing and I was given the best,
18:24 the best food I can eat, the best love,
18:27 the best care, I just cannot imagine.
18:31 So when you experience this kind of love,
18:36 did you in this kind of provision,
18:38 did that make it easier for you to understand
18:41 God's love and God's provision?
18:43 Oh, yes, I've learnt what God's love is.
18:47 I was taught about Jesus. I grew, I've learnt singing.
18:54 We sang together as a group,
18:56 there were number of others living.
18:58 And she would play the piano, and sing with us,
19:01 you know, that's I've learnt lot of songs,
19:03 that has really helped me spiritually grow day by day.
19:06 Amen. And that's what has made me today, what I'm.
19:11 Glory to God. So through now.
19:15 You and your two sisters actually came to the home.
19:18 Your sisters were adopted, did you feel left behind
19:23 or were you just glad to be where you were.
19:26 I was very small at that stage. Okay.
19:29 All I knew was, I had a very
19:32 little knowledge about my... I was going through
19:35 the difficult times at home.
19:37 Because we would never had food to eat,
19:39 and we would go in a small little pond close
19:42 by near the house.
19:43 And we would go fishing, and get tiny,
19:45 tiny fishes, bring it back home.
19:48 And then that's all we would share among
19:51 all among the family.
19:53 And here was this time,
19:55 all of us are coming to a home,
19:56 we were fed completely with the good food,
19:59 fruits and vegetables and all that,
20:02 that was like a treat to us.
20:03 Of course, and so, that's the thing that
20:07 I can imagine coming from nowhere,
20:10 I mean not getting something and then fed properly,
20:14 given the best what they can,
20:16 that has been and growing in that
20:18 atmosphere was the greatest thing.
20:20 Of course, now your mother is a mother
20:22 who was bitten by a dog and died of rabies
20:27 and it was your father, who was considering putting
20:30 a rat poison in the rice too,
20:32 and his life along with all of your children.
20:36 What happened with your father?
20:38 Did he I know that through the Sunshine House
20:43 or Orphanage you actually received an education,
20:46 you got your degree in social services.
20:49 Yes. Is that correct? Yeah.
20:50 Did your father live to see his son educated
20:54 and become such a fine young man?
20:58 As I grow up, I was very much involved with the Sunshine,
21:03 and had no clue about my father at all,
21:07 whatsoever, because he was always in a kind of thing,
21:14 just to get rid of the children.
21:16 And that was his motive, that was his ultimate motive
21:20 because he was going through a lot of torture in life.
21:24 Where people were telling why you are doing this,
21:26 why you are drinking,
21:27 what happened to and all sort of thing.
21:29 And I never got to know him after that.
21:33 Okay. So I was...
21:34 The only family that I came to know was
21:36 Pastor and Mrs. Watts.
21:38 And that's the only love that I received always
21:42 being around Mrs. Watts and Pastor Watts,
21:45 being around with them and going to the marketplace
21:48 wherever, just clinging onto them.
21:50 Yeah. That's the only thing.
21:52 That was very emotional that moment.
21:55 Amen, well bless your father's heart.
21:57 I'm sure he was overwhelmed with.
22:00 It is, you know, for us here in the States.
22:03 I was recently talking with someone
22:05 and I told them a story about somebody
22:07 who called into 3ABN and was sharing,
22:10 it was a horrifying story.
22:13 But when I told the story, they said, ooh,
22:15 you tell such horrible stories.
22:18 Now this person happens to be young,
22:20 wealthy, living in a kind of a bubble if you will,
22:26 they are not members of our church,
22:27 but they have not seen, the need in the world.
22:31 They have never really experienced need
22:33 in their life, they had been very privileged.
22:35 And unless you can go to India
22:39 or to some of these other countries,
22:41 unless you can see how great the need is.
22:44 It's hard for us to understand about being hungry.
22:49 If you are watching from Australia,
22:51 or New Zealand, or the United States,
22:53 or even in Europe.
22:55 We don't understand this great need
22:57 and the hunger that they have,
22:59 the idea of being sold into slavery
23:03 and being such a dispose,
23:05 that humanity is disposable to them.
23:09 And that's the thing that I think is the most difficult
23:12 for all of us to understand.
23:14 But now because of your upbringing
23:18 and the way you were reared Ravi,
23:20 you are a Christian and you are a Field Officer
23:24 for the Asian Aid, tell us what you do?
23:26 Well, I praise God that,
23:29 Asian Aid has made an investment in my life.
23:33 Amen, and investment for that
23:36 they have seen for the future.
23:38 And it's not only an investment in your life,
23:41 but it's investment in the kingdom of God.
23:43 Yes, yeah.
23:44 And I've learn to love Jesus, learn to know about Him.
23:48 And then has taught me that I ought to live a life
23:53 that God wanted each one of us to live.
23:55 And I currently work as a Field Officer,
23:58 working with children and my experience is tremendous.
24:02 God has shown me the way, that to be with children
24:06 and talk to them, to know more about them.
24:10 And I visit, where as I worked with the children
24:12 in various schools.
24:14 I could see tears in their eyes. Amen.
24:16 Children telling all sorts of...
24:18 initially when I talk to them, they don't open up,
24:22 they don't show up,
24:24 because they have all had some stories to tell.
24:26 Right. And when I present myself.
24:28 I said, I grow up in such a home.
24:31 I've got, this is what my life was all about.
24:35 Yeah. And I grow up in the same atmosphere.
24:38 I've got the same background.
24:40 Why don't you open up and speak to me and that's when,
24:43 when I narrate my story, they began to open up,
24:45 you know, and enjoy this experience,
24:48 talking to this children,
24:49 knowing then they will be confident.
24:51 And then I encourage them, don't give up,
24:53 there is a God above who can really go help you
24:58 go through these problems and difficulty.
25:00 And narrate the same experience
25:02 what I have gone through,
25:03 so that they could be fruitful in their future.
25:06 Glory to God! Glory to God!
25:08 You know, I think about this Pastor Ron,
25:11 I see you got a tear coming down your eye.
25:13 It must be so satisfying to you,
25:15 I don't know how many babies you have seen grow up,
25:19 but in seeing rescued from not just poverty,
25:23 but from just an experience in life that is unimaginable...
25:30 And all sorts of abuse also. Yes.
25:32 Well, my wife and I after 27 years in India,
25:37 often said to each other,
25:38 we looked back and our most satisfying work
25:41 that we did was the work that we did with the children.
25:44 Amen. With those children are there.
25:46 They are continuing the work that we started
25:49 but they have become responsible people,
25:52 they have their homes, they have their children,
25:54 they email us, they call us,
25:57 they send us photographs of their children
25:59 and of their families.
26:01 And we felt very, very satisfied,
26:03 that was a work that was of lasting use.
26:07 Amen, I'm impressed right now just to stop
26:10 for a moment and let's pause and have a prayer.
26:13 Heavenly Father, we come before you
26:15 in the name of Jesus Christ,
26:17 and we thank you God that you are such a loving Father.
26:22 Lord we lift up all of these children,
26:24 and ones that are in the Sunshine Home
26:27 and other homes.
26:29 And we pray in the name of Jesus,
26:31 that they will come to know your love.
26:33 We pray in the name of Jesus,
26:35 that they will come to know you.
26:37 And that they will grow up and continue this work.
26:40 Thank you for Dorothy and Ron.
26:42 Thank you for the work that you did through them.
26:44 Thank you for Helen Eager and for Ravi
26:48 and all those who are working to Lord
26:53 to shine your light into darkness.
26:55 We pray in the name of Jesus,
26:57 that you would help each one of us,
26:59 be a ligh in the world, Lord.
27:03 And that many will be drawn to Jesus as we lift to high.
27:08 Thank you Father in Jesus name, amen.
27:11 Well, we're gonna take just a quick pause here,
27:15 not really a pause.
27:16 We're going to have a very special song
27:19 by a special young man, Jaime Jorge.
27:22 He is a precious person
27:23 and he is such a talented violinist
27:27 and he is going to be doing a number on
27:29 his violin "All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name"
27:35 [music]
31:29 Praise the Lord in "All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name".
31:33 One thing that I appreciate so much about
31:36 Jaime is that he plays with passion.
31:40 And I was just sharing as he was playing,
31:42 how one time in Los Vegas before we were doing a live,
31:45 and he was playing.
31:48 What did I just tell you he was playing,
31:50 "Were You There When They Crucified My Lord".
31:53 And I was just, tears were streaming down my face,
31:57 and I had to come right out next
31:59 and try to gather myself together and talk about it.
32:01 But thank you Jaime for that beautiful song.
32:04 Well, we've had another guest join us
32:07 and Pastor Ron Watts has stepped off the set,
32:10 but we have with us Jim Rennie who is the CEO of Asian Aid.
32:15 Jim, it's so good to see you always.
32:18 Hi Shelley, I'm CEO of Asian Aid USA.
32:22 CEO of Asian Aid USA, okay.
32:25 I know you would correct me if I was wrong,
32:26 so... Tell us about how you came to be with Asian Aid.
32:33 Well, I move to the States and...
32:36 That and you moved to the States obviously from...
32:39 From New Zealand. From New Zealand.
32:41 Yeah, and I was given a project for six months
32:45 to assist Asian Aid in restructuring
32:47 its business here in the States.
32:51 Asian Aid Australia had a desire
32:54 for Asian Aid to grow in the USA.
32:57 And so we had to bring the organization up toward
33:01 its standard up to restructure
33:05 the board and devote to charity status.
33:08 So I was board in another
33:09 six months contract to do that.
33:12 It's two and half years and I haven't left.
33:14 Yeah, it's a whole new world for me
33:18 and I've fallen in love with it.
33:20 And I'm here, moving forward.
33:24 Amen, and I know Jim that we have an opportunity
33:28 to speak from time-to-time, you have fallen in love with
33:31 the people of India, and with the children
33:33 and just with the work in general.
33:36 Yes, yes, as I said, I've had many marketing roles
33:42 and many sales roles.
33:45 And I guess I was looking along as a business position,
33:49 but it's drawn that now, the work we do
33:52 and the work we support.
33:54 And as I said I've fallen in love with the children
33:58 and the work that we do
33:59 in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh.
34:02 Amen, and God is so gracious, when He gives us a call.
34:07 Sometimes He kind of eases us into it,
34:10 because I've actually heard people say,
34:12 I never expected to go to India,
34:14 I never expected to do this work.
34:16 And even resisted it at first, but then when they get there
34:20 they fall in love with the people.
34:21 So now we're gonna go back to Helen.
34:25 Helen, tell us what are some of the current projects
34:29 that Asian Aid is doing?
34:30 I think the most exciting is the building of
34:33 the Sunrise Orphanage.
34:35 The Sunrise Orphanage is being invented buildings
34:38 and it's very difficult more pretty much anyway
34:41 to get prior to rent a building for an orphanage,
34:44 because people are always afraid that you'll,
34:46 you know, the children will destroy things.
34:48 And so and they've got the land is right beside a river,
34:53 which is not very deep, it's one the children can play in.
34:56 And they've got 11 acres,
34:58 and it's just so wonderful because they've been
35:00 so crowded, and you know, sleeping on the floor where,
35:03 you know, if one rolls over, they all have to roll over.
35:06 Amen. You know for a number of years.
35:08 I've just been in very crowded conditions.
35:10 And so the children and all of us are just so excited.
35:14 Now we have the new buildings coming up
35:16 and we're hoping that it will be ready
35:18 for them by the beginning of next year.
35:21 The Sunrise Orphanage,
35:23 this is just one of your projects.
35:25 But there is you had as many as the 100 children there,
35:28 is that correct in this one orphanage?
35:30 How many are there currently Jim, I'm not sure.
35:33 Yeah, we have two orphanages,
35:35 we're now talking about Sunrise,
35:37 the one we've been talking about before is Sunshine.
35:40 There you go, okay.
35:41 You've got me confused already,
35:43 so I'm glad you make that designation.
35:45 Sunrise is just the one that we're currently building
35:47 and the 3ABN viewers have been very generous
35:50 in their support for that project.
35:53 And that the one as Helen is talking about
35:55 it's located in Bobbili in India,
35:57 near the blind school and construction is
35:59 underway right now.
36:01 Praise God Okay, so that is Sunrise.
36:04 The sunshine is the one that I was referring to.
36:07 Yes, it's Sunrise, and there we will be able to have
36:09 a 150 children also, you know,
36:11 once the new buildings are up. Amen.
36:13 And then you mentioned about the trafficking previously
36:16 where after all these years,
36:18 I've been so happy that at last we're able to do
36:21 something for this kind of thing.
36:24 We've got...
36:25 Let me explain in the case someone has joined us
36:28 late is that when we're talking about trafficking,
36:31 we'retalking about sex,
36:32 sex trafficking into sexual slavery.
36:35 So and so we have a home now in Nepal,
36:39 where we have around 18 girls.
36:42 Most of these who have actually been able to save
36:45 before they got over the border.
36:46 Praise God.
36:48 And then there are other young women
36:49 from the brothel in Bombay that,
36:51 they are in the process of getting the correct
36:55 government commission and everything to bring,
36:57 some of them to Nepal about ten I think in the beginning.
37:01 Oh, Praise the Lord.
37:02 And then we have taken into it,
37:03 we've got some children's homes also there in Pokhara.
37:06 And we've been able to bring into those
37:08 children's home just recently 33 children,
37:11 who were actually from a brothel community,
37:13 whose mothers were all prostitutes.
37:15 And so none of them know who their fathers are,
37:17 half of them their mothers have died or disappeared.
37:19 Right. And then there is another...
37:21 And when we stated their mothers were prostitutes,
37:23 these women sometimes they are kidnapped
37:28 at very early ages.
37:30 Now they go through just a barbaric abortion process
37:37 when they have their pregnancy.
37:39 So most of these children are from parents,
37:42 are from something that's happened when they miss that.
37:45 Yes, or else they come in with the little kids
37:47 when they have been kidnapped,
37:49 there were some horrid stories of young women
37:51 with their little babies who were kidnapped
37:53 from the streets and then the babies end up
37:55 being reared in these brothels.
37:57 And so none of these children had been to school.
37:59 And so now it's just so exciting
38:01 because there are so happy.
38:02 There is one little girl, she only had been in school
38:04 a week and she is so excited
38:06 because she is starting to learn to read
38:08 and they were telling me, that some of the bigger boys,
38:10 who were just send out to beg and steal.
38:13 That now they want to be pilots
38:15 and teachers and doctors and it's just so exciting that
38:19 you know, that we're able to do something
38:21 for these kind of for people who have been,
38:24 whose futures is well I mean those children's
38:26 where the boys would end up in criminal activities
38:28 and the girls would end up in the sex slavery,
38:30 there is just no question about that,
38:32 but now we've got them
38:34 in our children's homes, its ended some.
38:36 And it's only I know JD and I have sponsored
38:38 a child with Asian Aid in $600 for a year.
38:42 And we want to write another check while
38:44 you're here today to sponsor again.
38:47 I just want to say to you that when we talk about
38:52 giving our lives as livings presenting
38:56 our bodies as living sacrifices.
38:58 Not all of us can go to India, but you know,
39:02 I think being a living sacrifice,
39:03 when you put your money on the alter,
39:05 that's some of us just work and we can support ministries
39:10 who do go into these things.
39:12 And you just can't underestimate,
39:14 sometimes you look at the intensity and the magnitude,
39:19 the intensity of the problems,
39:20 the magnitude of the situation.
39:23 And you think, how can we ever make a difference,
39:25 just sponsoring one child makes a huge difference.
39:30 And to that child,
39:31 it makes all the difference in the world.
39:33 So you can't undervalue the idea of sponsoring.
39:37 Because I said that in Nepal, there is up to 16,000 girls
39:40 that are trafficked every year.
39:43 Many of them end up in India,
39:44 and many end up in the Middle East.
39:46 Yes, some, because they are fair and pretty,
39:50 they seem to be popular for this kind of business.
39:54 That's right. It's very tragic.
39:56 So Jim, tell us about what you have plans
40:02 for the future of Asian Aid?
40:05 Well, we have a huge demand.
40:08 I mean there are just so much demands
40:10 sometimes it's bit overpowering.
40:13 But Asian Aid USA and Asian Aid obviously
40:18 they have different projects.
40:20 And currently obviously there is an emphasis on Nepal
40:23 and Nepal is very important,
40:27 so people can support the number one project.
40:32 The other area is sponsorship.
40:35 We have a huge need for sponsorship right now.
40:38 And sponsorship is a way that you can give
40:41 a child an education, you can give a child,
40:44 bring a child to Christ every morning
40:46 that child is depended on you.
40:49 And then very importantly, in memory of Dorothy Watts,
40:52 and I think we've got some pictures here of Mrs. Watts.
40:56 And there is Mrs. Watts, when she was in India,
40:59 so in her memory we're very excited
41:02 that we're launching the
41:04 Dorothy Eaton Watts Sunshine Home.
41:07 And we currently plan to build a new home in Bangalore,
41:11 the land is right beside the current one.
41:13 And it's run down, and we're proud of it
41:16 and we can quickly show you some of the pictures.
41:19 Okay. Of the new home.
41:21 I think the first one is the dormitories,
41:24 as you can see the dormitories are rooms with
41:26 two or three people in, two or three children in.
41:30 And they face a courtyard,
41:32 so that we can segment
41:33 the younger ones and the older ones.
41:36 And then I think the next picture shows you the plan,
41:39 down on the left are the boys dormitories,
41:41 a separate one for the younger boys
41:43 and the older boys.
41:45 The girls on the right, there will be a garden,
41:48 the gardening is the most important thing
41:50 as we build our orphanages and homes.
41:53 So we're very excited to launch that up hill.
41:57 But I think the biggest challenge
41:59 we face is sponsorship.
42:01 And the people whether its individuals,
42:04 whether its families, whether its Sabbath schools,
42:07 whether its work groups.
42:09 You can make a difference for a child every morning,
42:12 it's like putting a back pack on them
42:15 and seeing your kids out the door.
42:17 You actually step out the back door,
42:19 and to the streets of India or Nepal,
42:22 you put a back pack on that child
42:24 and that child goes down the road, totally depended on you.
42:28 And we all kind go to the mission field
42:31 but sponsorship is a unique way of giving
42:35 a child an education they wouldn't have
42:37 and bringing probably the only opportunity
42:40 to bring them to Christ.
42:41 Amen, and not only are you educating them,
42:45 we have emphasize that
42:48 because it is so important. Yeah.
42:49 When you sponsor a child, it not only changes their life,
42:52 but it changes generations afterwards
42:54 because they can bring themselves up
42:56 out of this poverty.
42:58 They can have a hope and a future
43:00 as God has promised, but and then their children,
43:03 they reach out and they touch other family members.
43:06 Within their own children,
43:07 you raise up generations of people.
43:10 Now it's not, it's not just to educate them,
43:14 now that money is actually feeding them,
43:16 clothing them, putting a roof over their head.
43:19 It's takes helps provide for a loving care.
43:24 Yes. Then for education. Yes.
43:26 And most importantly of course for the opportunity
43:30 to get to know Jesus Christ and our God, our Savior.
43:33 Yes. It is so exciting.
43:36 It looks to me like you've just got something
43:38 Helen that you are eager to say.
43:41 I just wanted to mention something about
43:43 some of our Sunshine children who are grown up now.
43:46 We're very proud, we're proud of our children all over,
43:49 I know, they have really done
43:51 special things with their lives.
43:52 But many of our Sunshine children
43:54 have done exceptionally well.
43:56 The majority of the girls have become nurses actually.
44:00 And we have at the moment
44:01 eight girls in UK that are nurses.
44:05 And they are very active in the churches and that,
44:07 they are attending there and this three,
44:10 three in USA but...
44:14 How many children currently are
44:15 in the project, you believe?
44:18 In Sunshine project?
44:19 Yeah, in with Asian Aid, how many I heard a figure...
44:22 Around 9,000. Nine thousand, that's amazing.
44:26 That we were mentioning Nepal. Yes.
44:28 Two of our Sunshine children have recently gone to Nepal.
44:32 Now Indira who was a Sunshine girl,
44:35 she came when she was a small baby.
44:37 And she actually went to Africa,
44:38 and worked in an orphanage over there for a few months.
44:42 And now she came back to India,
44:44 she got married a couple of months ago,
44:46 and now she is up in Nepal, looking after one of
44:48 these safe homes for the girls who have rescued
44:50 from the sex slavery.
44:52 And one of the boys, Sunshine boys,
44:54 he was also in Sunshine since he was a small baby.
44:58 And he got married only a fortnight ago,
45:01 and he is up there, and he is...
45:02 they have got 12 children in their home.
45:05 Wow! And so I got an email from him this morning
45:07 and he says, I just love,
45:09 I just love doing the work that
45:11 we're doing up here in Nepal.
45:13 And so even over and above Sunshine,
45:16 we've actually got ten that started an NGO,
45:20 which is a supporting ministry for the church called
45:22 "Three Angels Nepal".
45:24 And they've got seven children's home with
45:26 12 children ages well as the other girls from the,
45:29 you know, from the sex slavery
45:31 that we're getting them
45:32 before they get sold or afterwards.
45:35 And they have 3ABN on five cable stations,
45:39 and they are hoping for more.
45:40 Praise God.
45:42 And they have got a prison ministry
45:43 and we're taking some little children out of
45:45 the prisons here and there,
45:46 who have been put in prison with their mothers.
45:48 And now they have started a school,
45:51 they currently got a 143 children in the school,
45:54 but they only started a couple of months ago
45:56 which was late for this school year.
45:57 So we're hoping next year that they will an Adventist school
46:00 with maybe 200 children, that will be paying students
46:03 to help it, make it time, you know,
46:05 more self supporting.
46:07 So, it's exciting because as ten of
46:10 our Asian Aid grown up children,
46:12 including these two from Sunshine that are
46:14 working up there in Nepal.
46:16 That is exciting and I know
46:18 we have one right here Ravi Dass.
46:20 Yes, we're proud of him too.
46:21 Yeah, we're proud of him, Ravi what would your life
46:24 had been like without Asian Aid?
46:26 Yeah, I just cannot imagine.
46:28 I'm just frightened to even think of
46:31 my life, my past life.
46:33 Yes. When I walk into the streets.
46:36 Walking into the same, working for Asian Aid,
46:38 going back to the street where exactly,
46:40 I have come from looking at other children,
46:44 carrying rags, and picking up rags.
46:46 I could have been in that situation.
46:49 But Asian Aid brought me out from that situation,
46:53 put me in a safe home in the loving arms of
46:56 loving Pastor Ms. Watts and contributed
46:57 so much that today have made me a fine man.
47:02 So that I could give back to those needy children there,
47:05 you know, with lot of hope looking and looking ways of
47:09 opportunities to be sponsored.
47:12 And the need is so great. Amen.
47:14 When I look at this children running around
47:16 in the streets without clothes,
47:18 without an education, with running nose,
47:21 no hope at all, you know,
47:23 and this is what Asian Aid has been doing,
47:26 transforming lives of many thousands
47:28 and thousands of children.
47:30 Do you ever feel, I'm going to ask this question
47:33 and if you Helen, and then we're going to go back to Jim.
47:36 But do you ever feel, not despondent,
47:41 but do you ever feel discouraged that
47:42 you can't reach one, when you look,
47:44 you see 9,000 children, glory to God,
47:47 what an amazing testimony that just in
47:50 a program right now.
47:52 But do you ever look around and think all the word,
47:54 you know, I wish that we could reach them all.
47:57 You do, you feel like that when you think now,
48:00 these children we can't accept them all.
48:01 So what is their future without, you know,
48:04 without an education, without knowing about Jesus love?
48:07 So you have to concentrate on what you can do,
48:10 otherwise you will. Crazy.
48:12 You would get depressed. Yes, yes! Glory to God!
48:15 I know this has completely changed your life.
48:19 Your life went in a total different direction,
48:21 when you began thinking you were just going
48:23 to send blankets and packages to North Korea.
48:26 But God has used you in such a mighty way, Helen.
48:29 I didn't think, I would ever be upfront talking,
48:31 I said no, I can't do that.
48:33 But then after I went to India the first time
48:36 I've been upfront ever since.
48:37 Amen. And Jim, it's already changed your life.
48:40 What was your impression your first trip to India?
48:43 I always had, I don't like carry foods,
48:46 so there was the mind change.
48:49 But just to see the need, and I understand the culture,
48:53 and to just understand how it all works.
48:57 But now slowly, and I've got a long way to go,
49:00 but to see someone like Ravi,
49:02 that the Watts took in and Asian Aid,
49:05 sponsored him in the orphanage.
49:07 Asian Aid gave him, his college education,
49:10 then his university degree and now he goes around
49:14 checking the children, for all those people
49:16 who sponsored the children.
49:18 And that such an important role,
49:20 that the children are checked, and so he has the passion,
49:24 so it's just exciting to be with Ravi
49:27 and to see the success and I know that as Helen says,
49:32 you can't get despondent when you see the need.
49:35 But at the same time, we can make a difference,
49:39 and I'm just excited that we are.
49:40 And I just want to thank the 3ABN viewers
49:44 wherever they are, for the support they have given.
49:47 And we just look forward to trying to help that
49:50 could set the new Dorothy Eaton Watts time.
49:53 Amen, you know, it occurred to me as you were saying
49:55 that I just want to thank, Danny Shelton because.
49:59 He is. When Danny began 3ABN.
50:02 It's so amazing because there were people
50:04 who thought God couldn't even support another ministry.
50:08 And we want to thank our viewers for helping us
50:13 staying on the air, so that we can send out the Gospel,
50:17 introduce you to these wonderful ministries.
50:20 But God put such a faith in Danny that he didn't feel
50:24 like there is any competition among ministries.
50:27 And Danny has always, 3ABN has always supported
50:32 the idea of bring other ministry needs before you.
50:35 Not worrying if that's going to cut into our pocket or not.
50:38 And I think that's why God has blessed 3ABN
50:41 so greatly is because, this is something that
50:44 we realize our God is big enough.
50:47 And I know that, this has changed your life already,
50:51 don't you see things differently Jim
50:53 since you have been to a third world country
50:57 that where you see this great need.
51:01 It certainly changed your outlook
51:03 and my dad used to say.
51:05 We don't know how lucky we are. Yes.
51:07 And we don't realized how blessed we are.
51:09 And with the time where we're in history,
51:13 we certainly even have a responsibility to reach out
51:16 more and we have a responsibility to reach out
51:19 further and we're excited that we can do that.
51:23 Amen. Well, we're just excited that you've come aboard
51:29 and that Helen is still going as strong as she is,
51:32 and Ravi you just, I've already fallen in
51:34 love with you my brother, God bless you.
51:37 Before we're gonna come back in just a moment
51:39 for a final thought.
51:41 But before we take quick break,
51:43 we have an address roll because I know that
51:46 the Holy Spirit is impressing on many hearts
51:49 right now to support this work.
51:51 And we want to give you the opportunity
51:54 if you want to volunteer,
51:55 if you want to donate financially
51:58 and just get in touch with Asian Aid.
52:00 Here is how you may do so.
52:05 Asian Aid has been giving hope
52:07 and love to many abandoned children.
52:10 If you like to know
52:11 how to support this wonderful ministry.
52:13 Then you can write to Asian Aid,
52:15 Post Office Box 2258, Collegedale, Tennessee 37315.
52:21 You can call (866) 593-7933,
52:24 that's (866) 593-7933 or you can visit them online
52:30 at asianaid.org, that's asianaid.org.
52:34 You can contact them in Australia by writing to
52:37 Asian Aid Australia, Post Office Box 333,
52:41 Wauchope 2246, New South Wales Australia.
52:45 You can call 02-6586-4250,
52:50 that's 02-6586-4250
52:54 or you can visit them online at asianaid.org.au,
52:58 that's asianaid.org.au.


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