Rotarian shares stories of strife, hope from India

first_img Book Nook to reopen The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Email the author Together they read The Great Commission in Matthew 28:16-20 and accepted it as their personal mission.With these “forgotten people” of Chinthaluru in mind, Buck and Haldine Baxter formed The Great Commission-India Ministries (GCIM), a United States non-profit organization based in Auburn, where the Baxters make their home.“These people, ‘the forgotten people,’ are the lowest of the ‘cast’ system in India,” Baxter said. “Their villages are run by a chief. They worship the moon, the sun, the trees and their ancestors. They don’t know about religion expect the religion of nature.“They believe in reincarnation and pray to things such as stones and baskets. In some villages, there are human sacrifices. These people were born into that low class and they will die in that class but you have never seen such big smiles. They don’t know they are being done wrong.”Baxter said many of the women have to walk up to 10 miles to get water for their families – dirty water.“Every day, 4,200 children will die of diarrhea and millions will die each year from water borne diseases,” Baxter said.“A part of our mission there is water purification which can be done effectively with a five-gallon bucket and a membrane water filter that is capable of purifying five gallons of water every 40 minutes for two years. We have yet to build a clean water well but that is in the plans.”The Baxters will return to Chinthaluru after Christmas and remain there until the end of January. He will be involved in several mission projects and she will be involved in life skill training, which includes making tote bags from plastic bags and jewelry from throw -away items such as pop-top tabs.“We go to teach them about the Lord so they will trust in Him,” Baxter said.“When we can dig a well for these people and they ask why we would come from America to dig a well for them, we can say, “The Lord dug the well for you. Let me tell you about Him.” Latest Stories Sponsored Content In April, Buck Baxter joined a small group on a short-term trip to Chinthaluru, India.That short-term trip changed Baxter’s life and his wife’s for what he hopes will be the long-term.Baxter was the guest speaker at the Brundidge Rotary Club Wednesday and talked openly about his life-changing experience. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Rotarian shares stories of strife, hope from India Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Baxter went to India with no great expectations. He came home committed to The Great Commission.Chinthaluru is a tribal village located in southeastern India in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The village is one of thousands of villages in the area where the people have been forgotten by the rest of society. They have no clean water, no medical care, no schools, no electricity and, most importantly, Baxter said, no hope for a better tomorrow.“I was not prepared for what I saw,” Baxter told the Rotarians. “We went to work with a Pentecostal pastor who had opened a orphanage. It was not at all what I expected.” Published 11:00 pm Wednesday, December 4, 2013 Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration You Might Like Local group hoping ‘fill the truck’ The Pike County Salvation Army Service Center in Troy is sponsoring “Fill the Truck Day at Walmart from 9 a.m…. read more By Jaine Treadwell “A cow stall had been converted for them,” he said. “The nine boys at the orphanage sleep on the roof of the church when weather permits. Other times, they sleep in the small church building.”One of the young girls was named Dena. Baxter’s daughter’s name is Deana.“What happened is an experience that I can’t explain,” Baxter said. “But that little girl, Dena, climbed on my lap, and I say this sincerely, the Lord spoke to me. He told me that the work he wanted me to do was there, in Chinthaluru.”When Baxter returned home from the mission trip and his wife picked him up at the airport, he immediately told her, “We’ve got to go home and talk.” Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits By The Penny Hoarder Skip Print Article Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? 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Children Return To School In Post-Quake Chile

first_imgBy Dialogo March 10, 2010 Hundreds of thousands of Chilean children returned to class Monday as a revised death toll continued to climb nine days after an earthquake and tsunami waves devastated the country. Students’ screams of joy at finding their old friends rang throughout schools, while parents recounted the horror of days scrambling for food and water and sleepless, chilly nights outside their crumbled homes. “It’s good for the children to go back to school, because they will focus on their stories,” a mother said as she dropped off her son at Subcaseaux Junior High School in Santiago. Teachers had received training to receive with “lots of love, lots of willingness to listen” the young ones still in shock from the tremor that affected two million people, Education Minister Monica Jimenez said. “I missed my friends, I’ve been afraid of the aftershocks,” a boy said just before entering class for the first time since the end of the southern hemisphere’s summer. Only children in the hardest-hit regions of Maule and Bio Bio did not go back to school, with their return delayed until late March or late April because so many schools were destroyed in the February 27 quake. During a visit to Subcaseaux, which is hosting students from affected areas, Jimenez said nearly 80 percent of children were returning to class. Patricio Rosende, the deputy interior minister, said 45 new bodies had been identified, bringing the official death toll to 497 as search and rescue crews continued to comb Chile’s decimated coastline. The figure does not include people who have been reported missing and were unaccounted for, and Rosende did not provide a tally of those. Initially the government mistakenly lumped the missing with the confirmed dead for a higher toll. In all, 7,000 children whose schools were rendered unusable by the disaster were assigned to other institutions for a few weeks or sometimes even the whole year, Santiago Mayor Pablo Zalaquet told TVN television. For some students in the capital region, home to more than a third of the country’s population, their return to school was delayed a few days so that their schools could be repaired. In Concepcion, the second-largest city in the country, there was little talks of returning to school for students. The playground was eerily empty at a Methodist high school, one of the quake-stricken coastal city’s largest. The structure seemed to have withstood the shock of the tremor, although the cross atop the chapel was crooked. Workers were busy at work below. “Four of the gym’s beams collapsed, the library is unusable, same for one of the classrooms. And there are cracks everywhere,” one worker said. Elsewhere in Maule and Bio Bio, power outages and the lack of drinking water kept many schools’s doors closed. “Let them take their time,” Jimenez said. Officials, meanwhile, began to get a better handle on the extent of the damage caused by the 8.8-magnitude quake and the giant waves that quickly followed. Public Works Minister Sergio Bitar estimated that 1.2 billion dollars would be needed to rebuild crushed public transportation infrastructure, including around 40 bridges that snapped during the disaster. Rebuilding health facilities and hospitals would cost 3.6 billion dollars, according to Health Minister Alvaro Erazo. President-elect Sebastian Pinera, who takes office on Thursday, said his cabinet was preparing an emergency bill and a reconstruction law so that the 2010 budget could be “adjusted to reflect our needs and the reality on the ground.” Current President Michelle Bachelet was on a tour of ravaged regions, visiting the coastal towns of Dichato and Constitucion. Pinera blasted critics of the deployment of some 14,000 soldiers in quake-hit areas to quell riots and looting — a move unprecedented since the end of the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet in 1990. “The military is an institution with very useful tools in times of disaster” to guarantee public order and prevent looting, Pinera told DNA radio. “They are Chileans like everyone else,” he said of the soldiers. “This prejudice (toward the military) is absurd, we must eliminate it from our minds.”last_img read more

USACE Marks Completion of Smith Island Jetties

first_imgThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, marked the completion of two major milestones as part of the Army Corps navigation improvement project at Rhodes Point during a ceremony at the Somers Cove Marina in Crisfield June 21.The projects were conducted in coordination with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources; Somerset County; Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development; U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Smith Island United, and other partners.This month, through a $6.88-million Army Corps contract, Coastal Design & Construction Inc., a small business out of Gloucester, Virginia, completed the construction of two jetties to prevent shoaling in the channel and to reduce the continual need for dredging.The construction of a stone sill was also completed along 850 feet of eroding shoreline south of the mouth of Sheep Pen Gut to prevent further erosion and contain material dredged as part of the project.Following partner remarks, an extra piece of stone from the jetty project was signed by officials. The stone is to be placed at the Smith Island Cultural Center in Ewell. At the conclusion of the presentations, select officials in attendance boarded DNR’s Research Vessel Kehrin to view the project site.Later this year, as another part of this project, a portion of the federal navigation channel in Sheep Pen Gut will be realigned through dredging. Until then, project members encourage boaters to remain vigilant when navigating through this area, said USACE.This project is funded through the Corps, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. The funding through the Department of Housing and Community Development came from a HUD Community Development Block Grant that stemmed from Hurricane Sandy.“The goal of this project is to prevent further erosion and to provide boaters from the Smith Island towns of Rhodes Point and Tylerton with more direct access to the Chesapeake Bay — as watermen have lost time and money because of the need to take inconvenient routes around the island,” said Col. Ed Chamberlayne, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District commander. “With the completion of the stone sill, jetties and upcoming dredging, we are thrilled to be able to contribute long-term beneficial impacts to the people and economy of Smith Island.”last_img read more