Sri Lanka Update – October 2017
We were fortunate enough to begin our dream of the community centre right off the bat and spent a whole year with the building structure of it.
As we update you with all that is happening in our life here in Sri Lanka we want to first reflect over the past 4 years since arriving exactly 4 years ago in October of 2013. God has been very faithful to our family and we can’t thank him enough for our health and happiness. We were fortunate enough to begin our dream of the community centre right off the bat and spent a whole year with the building structure of it.
Following that we hired a few staff to work together with us and and before we knew it had a lot of kids coming through the doors to the centre. Since then it has been none stop action. A success that we can only be thankful to God for. Personally we are also so thankful for our 3 beautiful children who are adaptable to whatever we put them through. We have had several visitors over our four years and have had many special memories to cherish. Plus so many of you brought us treats from Canada. Things we miss from time to time.
We had such a great time in Canada for spring and part of this summer. We were on the road a lot visiting supporters. Received some training through the PAOC. But we also made time for family and friends and some adventuring as well like trips to the beach, a bit of camping, and other activities all along the way.
We hope to equip and mentor our staff to the point of having the ability to operate the centre without us if need be.
Now as for what is happening. The Centre has been in full operations once again since September 6. We have two new staff members as we had a few quit over time. On our best day we have just under 50 kids in attendance.
Our family is currently residing at the centre due to the fact we are building a house that should be finished by December. Needless to say its tight quarters right now with our entire household of things in one room and the remainder Centre designated to classrooms. Its a happening place to say the least at the Bud Centre. Aside from the Centre operations we also are leading Sunday school at Lighthouse Church every Sunday. All of this keeps us busy 6 days a week and Monday is our day off as a family. Although Aneisha still has school that day.
We have some goals that we want you to know about and pray with us for. We hope to equip and mentor our staff to the point of having the ability to operate the centre without us if need be. Its very important that the nationals take ownership of the Centre and what is at the heart of our outreach to the community.
With the possibility of a preschool in mind in the mornings and some discipleship like training for local leaders as well in mind. These are initiatives we hope to start in the 2018 calendar year.
We also have thoughts of expanding what takes place here. With the possibility of a preschool in mind in the mornings and some discipleship like training for local leaders as well in mind. These are initiatives we hope to start in the 2018 calendar year. We are in the works still of registering the centre here locally but keep putting it aside because its not an easy task but certainly something that must be done.
We have currently about 3 different groups interested in short term missions trips from various groups in Canada planning to partner with us. This takes a lot of planning prep and finances to make their visits successful. But we highly value the amazing things that take place during these times.
In closing we are just over joyed in the partnership we find with the PAOC and the many supporters who cheer us on each and every day. For the financial support it is our survival tool because this all costs money. So for these reasons we send our sincerest gratitude and may God bless you as you continue to be God’s hand extended in this nation of Sri Lanka.
Blessings from our family to yours!
Nish & Kristin Kangdangama