History

Ebenezer Gardens Girls' Home, Sri Lanka

“Ebenezer means “stone of help” or “hitherto the Lord has helped”. And without the help of God we could not have continued with the work. When we initially made plans to set up the home there were those who said that it would be impossible to sustain the home, that we would not be able to get the children admitted to a  Christian school. When our rented house went under water and we started looking out for a permanent home there were those who said that it would not be possible to raise the amount that we required. When we kept pressing for registration with the relevant authorities we were told that the home would not be granted registration.

There is a wall plaque that was gifted to me more than 40 years ago. The verse: With God All Things Are Possible. And it has been proved to be true. Though there was very little funding when we started God has been faithful in providing for all our needs. All the children gained admission to a Christian school.

Children on a tripGod gave us with a large house in a very convenient location – not only did He provide the house – the cost of renovations, furniture and other equipment (which we had no intention of purchasing at that time) was also provided along with the house.  Nine years after making the first application for registration we finally did receive the certificate.

As I look back and reflect on the past years I can truthfully say that “With God All Things Are Possible.

I sincerely thank God for every single person who has come forward to assist us in numerous ways, stood with us in times of discouragement and encouraged us to carry on faithfully.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Ephesians 3:20 & 21

 

Some interesting facts

  • Facilities in the rented house were limited and the children prayed for a house with 8 toilets! I remember laughing and asking them who was going to clean all those toilets. But the house God gave us has 7 toilets!
  • We were told that the Home would not be granted registration because it was small and also because “it did not look like an orphanage” We had no intention of making Ebenezer Gardens look like an orphanage – the vision was to keep it like a normal home. But we did receive registration without making any changes to our original vision.
  • On the day of the Tsunami the children and staff had planned to go down to the beach early in the morning to have a bath. I chose that particular day to go out to collect a gift that had been sent to us from Australia and left home telling them not to go out till I returned home. Had they gone early, they may have all been swept away. We praise God for His protection.
  • The two older girls were very keen on accompanying me to India. They were told to pray as no funds were available for this purpose. They prayed and within a very short time God answered their prayer – two individuals provided for their expenses. (It took me almost 10 years to collect my travel expenses!)

  • Wedding ceremonyPlanning and getting everything together for the very first wedding seemed to be quite a challenge. But God once again miraculously undertook for every aspect of the wedding through numerous people who volunteered to help. As a result the organization did not have to bear any additional cost.