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South India 534 301
Superintendent : Mrs
Prabhakar handing over to Esther
Sirra in 2016.
We were so sorry to hear of the passing of Esther Sirra to be with her Lord
We send our heart felt commiserations to all at the Hostel and her family and friends
Please pray for the Trustees as they seek Esther's replacement
Esther Sirra was a promising pupil at our Hostel when Joyce Harding was
in charge, and Esther came to the UK and studied medicine. She then
went back to India and worked in Calcutta (Kolicot), eventually
starting her own nursing school in Jagganandapuram a few miles from
Nidadavole. She was serving on the Hostel Committee, and it was
suggested that she might like to one day replace Jennie.
The map below show the location of Nidadavol in the West
region of Andra Pradesh.
A photograph of Jennie Grace is included.
Also shown is Holland Wharf Girls' Hostel near Narsapur, South India
with a photograph of the Joy Tilsley who was called home in 2011.
About the Hostel
In 1890 a boarding school
for girls with family or health problems and orphans was started in
Chettipeta (shown on map) by Miss Lily Bowden, and carried on by her
sister Henrietta Bowden. They were the granddaughters of
the pioneer missionaries to the Godavari.
In 1954 this was transferred to a spacious compound in Nadadavol under
the guidance of Miss Joyce Harding.
The new centre was called Hebron
Hostel and, in due course, other two
storey buidings were constructed. These now provide all the
facilities, i.e. dormitories, box rooms, bath rooms, study rooms, a
sewing room, dining hall, prayer hall, sick room, kitchen, etc.
Bowden Park is the happy place
where there are slides, swings,
see-saws, holiday hut, sand opit, climbing apparatus etc.
The girls, from 4 to 20 years
of age, come from poor families and from
all castes and creeds. At Hebron they receive food, clothing,
education, medicine and are well cared for by the faithful staff.
Handicapped children receive special attention. Some girls go on
for further training such as Nursing and Tailoring in various towns
after obtaining their school certificate.
Their spritual needs are met by
daily devotions, Sunday School, Worship
Services, Annual Retreats etc. The aim of Hebron is to present
the Gospel of Jesus Christ to them all, and we praise the Lord
that many respond.
(At a special meeting in November 2003, 55 girls gave testimonies to
their faith in Christ as their Saviour - some for the first time and
others as a rededication. Classes were held for follow-up work in
Bible Study and Prayer. Then one of the Seniors became a leader
and started a prayer cell group which is run by the girls
themselves. The girl has asked to be baptised, and the group is
now (early 2004) studying the subject of baptism in the
Fasting and prayer continues every 1st Sunday in the month, which is
attended by Staff, College students and
In 1998 Hermon School was
inaugurated in the grounds of Hebron.
Classes 1-5 now attend this school, eliminating the problem of these
small children having to walk to Chettipeta, 1 mile down a dangerous
road beside the canal. Classes 6-10 continue to attend the High
School in Chettipeta. They take their State School Certificate
exams in the 10th class.
Mrs Jennie Grace
Prabhakar is now the Superintendent of Hebron Hostel, shown here (left)
with Joyce Harding (right).
Sources of information above
All the above information has been supplied by Joyce Harding who is
still working very hard to support the work at Hebron Hostel, but now
from her home in Dorset.
If you would be interested in further information about Hebron Hostel
or how you could support the work, we will be pleased to pass any
communications on. E-mail: email@example.com. Or visit the new Hebron Hostel web site.
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