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  1. 1. Exciting news from Myanmar Hope! http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=1df59562f617de631f62e7c87&id=b59c9da618&e=e189da3956[10/8/2013 9:00:36 AM] We have some really great news to share! We have exciting news to share!   Thanks to some very generous people there are now enough funds to complete the construction of our new building! PRAISE GOD! Many of you have probably received one or more of our fundraising letters which were sent out over the past several months, describing the new building, its purpose, its intended uses, and so on. Many of you also responded generously to those letters.  Now, because of you, the new building will be completed ON TIME! We will be traveling to Yangon in mid-December, and we are eagerly anticipating the dedication ceremony which will be held in the new common room on the third floor. I can already envision the intense joy shining in the faces of the children as we worship and praise our God together, thanking Him for His wonderful provision and for the great generosity of His people (that's you). Some of you might be coming to this story in the middle or near the end, so I think it would be appropriate at this time to give a short history of this project, from start to finish (or at least up to today). The Story Subscribe Share Past Issues RSSTranslate
  2. 2. Exciting news from Myanmar Hope! http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=1df59562f617de631f62e7c87&id=b59c9da618&e=e189da3956[10/8/2013 9:00:36 AM] This project actually began about six years ago. Palal and I had been discussing the severe educational problems faced by his people, and we talked about various ways we could make the most impact.One idea we kept coming back to was a boarding school for poor children from the rural villages. One night Palal and I sat down at a table and together we drew out some rough sketches of a multi-purpose building that could be used as a boarding school, a ministry office, a home for Palal's family, and a church meeting place. Now, at that time we barely had the funds to pay for a new well in northwest Myanmar ($750.00), and some people thought we were a bit crazy for even thinking about such a huge project. Fast forward to December 2010. Palal and Kikim had been back in Myanmar for a year, and MaryAnn and I were in Yangon to visit them and the HBS kids. We were speaking to them on the second floor of the old building that we had purchased and renovated earlier in the year (you can just see it in the picture above, on the right side of the image). I had been relating to them all of the ways in which God had answered our many prayers that year. I was reading from a list I had made in my little black book, ticking off one item after another. Each time I shared an example of answered prayer, the children all smiled joyfully and loudly clapped their hands. Then I asked them to look out the window at the property next door. At that time the next-door lot was mostly empty and overgrown with weeds. There was an old ramshackle bamboo hut which was occupied by the lot's owner and her family. They were good neighbors, but they were desperately poor, and they would most likely be willing to sell the lot at a fair price. I asked the children to pray that God would give us that property. We needed room to grow, and this lot was the best place for us to do that. Of course, we did not have the money to purchase any land at that time, but lack of money is never a problem for God! The next year, thanks to many generous gifts from all of you, I was able to share with the children that God had provided most of the funds we needed to purchase the lot! Unfortunately, the land prices around HBS had been steadily increasing, so the owner of the property asked a lot more than we had originally planned for. However, God was faithful, and a deal was struck. It took eight months, but all of the land purchase paperwork was finally completed.
  3. 3. Exciting news from Myanmar Hope! http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=1df59562f617de631f62e7c87&id=b59c9da618&e=e189da3956[10/8/2013 9:00:36 AM] Palal was very patient during that time, and he spent countless hours going back and forth between home and downtown Yangon ensuring that everything was accomplished correctly and according to the rules. The deed was finally transferred in August of 2011, but the owner could not move until December.    Fast forward again to May 2012. Myanmar Hope held our five year anniversary dinner in Springfield, Illinois. Palal spoke passionately to all in attendance about our dream of having a new building that could be used as a girls' dormitory. The girls were all living in the rental house with Palal's family and a few other adult helpers, but this was not a good, permanent situation. We had come up with some preliminary drawings for a one-story building, with plans to eventually add two more stories as funds became available. We estimated that a new one-story building would probably cost around $50,000.00 to complete. Praise God, nearly $20,000.00 was raised that night for the new building! (Some of you helped make that happen!) That summer, Palal spent many weeks talking with construction companies, looking at buildings, navigating the numerous Byzantine rules and regulations required by the government to obtain all of the various permits and permissions, and so on. After all of the legal requirements had been met and a construction company was found that would work with us, a construction permit was issued. During the intervening months, between May and January, many of you continued to give sacrificially so that this great project could proceed! As a testament to Palal's persistence, wisdom, and of course the Lord's guidance, Palal found a company that graciously agreed to work with us on a "pay-as-you-go" basis. However, no company that he spoke with would agree to build a one-story building that could be extended upward in the future. They would only agree to build the whole thing, from foundation to third floor, in a single job, using a tried and true plan. After prayerful consideration, we decided to go for it. The estimated cost for the foundation and shell of the three-story building was $67,500.00. Considering our initial estimate of $50,000.00 for a complete single-storied building, we thought that was great! We had just enough funds for the down payment of 25%, which was due at the end of February. This was to be followed by five more monthly payments of 15% each, with the building shell scheduled to be finished at the end of July.
  4. 4. Exciting news from Myanmar Hope! http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=1df59562f617de631f62e7c87&id=b59c9da618&e=e189da3956[10/8/2013 9:00:36 AM] We made the first payment, and then prayed and prayed, and asked everyone we knew for help. Praise God, we were able to make every payment on time, with the exception of the final payment, which fell a bit short. However, because of Palal's constant oversight, and because he picked out and purchased many of the materials himself, and because the older HBS boys and girls had pitched in to help with some of the labor, the company finished the shell right on time, at the end of July. A few more items were worked on during the first week of August, and we called the shell complete on August 13th. At that point, the construction company was willing to sit down with Palal again to give him a detailed price list of the items needed to completely finish the building. These included all of the doors, windows, electrical work, plumbing, etc. It took quite a while to get that list, and when he sent it to us, our jaws dropped. I had been expecting something around $25,000.00 at the most. However, the final cost came in at just under $40,000.00. It was a bit of a shock, to be sure.  It was at that point that we felt we were like David standing in the Valley of Elah, facing down a giant too big and strong for us to conquer. We had to get that building finished before the end of the year so that everyone living in the rental house, which included the seventeen girls, Palal's four family members, and the two additional adults (Miss Vah Si and Mrs. Vah Hoi), could move in before next January. The landlord had already informed Palal that the rent on the house would be a lot higher in 2014. in Yangon, the rent must be paid a year in advance and we did not want to have to pay that rent again! So, we fasted and prayed, and then sent out another fundraising letter. That was about four weeks ago. In that letter I shared that we needed to raise $48,500.00 within the next couple of months - $40,000.00 for the completion of the building, and $8,500.00 for the rest of the final payment on the building shell which was still owed to the construction company. We knew that this was a huge challenge that was completely beyond us, but we had a peace about it, knowing that somehow God would provide. The battle was the Lord's, not ours; we needed to stand aside and wait for Him to provide. AND GOD DID PROVIDE!!!
  5. 5. Exciting news from Myanmar Hope! http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=1df59562f617de631f62e7c87&id=b59c9da618&e=e189da3956[10/8/2013 9:00:36 AM] We knew that God would come through, but we thought it would be slowly, a bit at a time, and not until the last minute would everything be in place. This is the way that we have seen Him work so many times. He is always on time, never late, but rarely early. But this time He decided to surprise us! Since that last letter went out, many of you showed your great love for God and for His children by sending generous and sacrificial gifts. Then, finally, this week another check came in that was enough to cover the entire rest of the cost to completely finish the building! Praise God! To say that we were overjoyed would be a vast understatement! Do you know what was written on the memo of the check?   "The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, declares the Lord Almighty." PRAISE GOD! So now, not only will the new building be completed on time, it will be completely finished, down to the last piece of tile on the floor! And not only that, we now have a bit extra which we can set aside for next year's property tax! And that leads me to the last part of this letter, which is already overlong (sorry). The girls have been living in the rental house, spread throughout in various rooms, including the garage. Some of them have beds, but not all. Those without beds have been sleeping on mattresses on the floor. Don't get me wrong - not one of them has any complaints! Back in their village their families didn't even own a mattress, let alone each have their own, along with pillows and blankets. But in the new building we want each girl to have a bed of her own. Also, we would like to purchase wardrobes which the girls can share, two girls to a wardrobe. Currently the girls all have footlockers in which they keep their clothing and other belongings. We would like them to have some proper furniture. In addition to the wardrobes, each girl needs her own desk, and right now we don't have enough to go around. So what I am saying is this: if you were thinking about giving, or planning to give, toward the completion of the building you can still give and receive your blessing! Any gifts that come in for the building between now and the end of the year will be used to purchase beds for the girls rooms. If even more comes in, we will be able to purchase additional items, such as ceiling fans, sun-blocking curtains, and so forth.
  6. 6. Exciting news from Myanmar Hope! http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=1df59562f617de631f62e7c87&id=b59c9da618&e=e189da3956[10/8/2013 9:00:36 AM] The HBS girls thank you!   God bless you all for your many prayers and sacrificial gifts - not only for this project, but for everything from the beginning of Myanmar Hope until now. We are truly in a partnership, but YOU are the ones enabling this work to move forward. As always, feel free to send us your thoughts and any special prayer requests you may have. The students and staff at Hope Boarding School have prayer time every evening, and they love to pray for our friends and supporters. God bless you, and be at peace! Charles R. Cherry, Director Myanmar Hope Christian Mission, Inc. 624 Garvey Lane, Chatham, IL 62629-5086 Phone: 217-415-9187 Email: info@myanmarhope.org Web: http://www.myanmarhope.org Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/myanmarhope   friend on Facebook | forward to a friend  Copyright © 2013 Myanmar Hope Christian Mission, Inc., All rights reserved.
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