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Children of Faith Partnership

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September 29 2016
September 29 2016

Children of Faith and MBM form a partnership in Vizag, India!

Kicking off our Vision 2025 efforts, MBM has been very busy this year working with a new mission partner in India. Children of Faith (COF) is an orphanage located in Visakhapatnam (Visag for short), a seaport on the eastern coast of India with a population of approximately 2 million people.  COF was founded and is operated by an Indian couple, Anand and Rosie Thandu.

Anand and Rosie attended universities here in California and had successful careers in the San Francisco Bay Area before God called them to move back to India to help the many orphaned children in need of love and education. Today the orphanage provides housing and schooling for 120 beautiful children. Anand and Rosie also have a new project to build Hope Academy to provide education for 800 students.

MBM was introduced to Anand and Rosie through our good friends at Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church in Orinda, California. Board members Vince Wirthman and Del Olsen were instrumental in bringing this partnership together. Vince, Del, and I presented our mission purpose and business model to the COF board in February and the result is evidenced by recent photos of our new venture.

Board member David Herrmann traveled to India to help our new on-site mentor set up the operations. David and Board Director Vince Wirthman reviewed several resumes and conducted interviews using Skype calls with our India mentor candidates prior to traveling to India. With much prayer and discernment, we chose our new mentor, Johnson Thandu, Anand’s brother (pictured below). Johnson managed the COF orphanage for six years prior to Anand and Rosie’s move back to India.

David never thought he would come home with a bigger heart than when he left. Not only did he fulfill the objective of getting the operations going with Johnson as our new mentor, but he fell in love with COF and the children there. He even taught the kids how to play softball!  Go Dave!

MBM rented a facility in the heart of Vizag, where Johnson will conduct our MBM micro loan program. The program will include assessments, preparing cash flows for candidate businesses, conducting basic business training, and loan funding. The facility will also be a center for holding support group meetings, mentoring borrowers, and collecting loan payments.