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Our blog is by far the best record of everything that we have achieved. We have maintained it for more than the last 10 years and we hope that every post helps to paint a clearer picture of who we are and what we do. We would love to hear from you if you are reading our blog so feel free to leave a comment!


February 22nd, 2017|

I watched a movie the other night called Hacksaw Ridge. Have you seen it? It’s a Mel Gibson film about a conscientious objector named Desmond Doss who joined the US Army during World War II.

Building Up, Tearing Down

January 29th, 2017|

Over the last 8 months we have been saving up funds with the support of HADA Australia and some friends and family; the time has finally come. Rick has been out with his measuring tape,

Brick by Brick

January 22nd, 2017|

We have great progress to report on our Learning Resource Center. This library/computer lab for our school will be completed later this year, but like all buildings, it goes up one brick at a time.

Happy New Year!

January 1st, 2017|

Days turn to weeks, weeks turn to months, and before we know it, another year has passed by once again. We'll be putting together a little look back on 2016 in next week's prayer letter,

Happy Christmas!

December 26th, 2016|

Christmas is a special time here on the Mission. Not only do we see the return of many old friends and family members, including old farm children now living off on their own, but we

High Praise

November 30th, 2016|

Let me start by saying, we don't do what we do for any type of recognition... but it sure does feel nice when we get some. We mentioned a few months ago in this blog

Giving Thanks

November 29th, 2016|

Thanksgiving, the US National holiday, is not normally celebrated here in India, for obvious reasons. But because our founder, Rev. Maxton D. Strong, was originally from the USA, he brought the tradition with him. Though

Breaking Ground

November 28th, 2016|

Construction on the Samartha Saxena Memorial Learning Resource Center has kicked off with the digging of the foundations! It is such a wonderful thing to see this dream becoming a reality! Engineers from EMI

Learning Resource Center

November 21st, 2016|

We are super excited to announce the beginning of a new chapter in the story of our school, the Maxton Strong School. With the support of the Samartha Saxena Foundation (who helped us to build

Rice Paddy Harvest

October 23rd, 2016|

Harvest time happens two times each year, and it's a critical part of our success here at the Mission. When the crops are ripe and the weather cooperates, there's no time to waste and our older


October 14th, 2016|

So there’s this fourteen-year-old boy living in Singapore. His name is Mathias. And one day, Mathias decides he wants to send some of his old books to the children living at the Good Shepherd Agricultural

Jai Hind!

August 15th, 2016|

To all our Indian family and friends around the world, Happy Independence Day 2016! We had an amazing day in our school celebrating our Independence as we remembered those who fought to make this country


August 14th, 2016|

With the comfortable routine of school in full effect along with new visitors and some celebrations it's been great here on the mission lately. School tests wrapped up last week for all classes with many

Dear J.K. Rowling

July 24th, 2016|

Dear J.K. Rowling First off: It’s an honor to write you this letter, imagining through some twist of Internet magic that you might actually see it. If that happens, let me just say: I’m a

Boys In The Trees

July 19th, 2016|

The tree began its life many years ago. No one knows for sure when. One hundred, maybe one hundred and fifty years back (it’s hard to tell with trees without cutting them open), a mango

Frozen Night Games

July 17th, 2016|

I like the word frivolous. As an adjective, it’s defined as “not having any serious purpose or value,” yet for some reason, things like that have always attracted me. I once wrote a screenplay about

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