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Hebron Hostel
Nidadavole,
West Godavari,
Andhra,
South India 534 301

Email: hebronhostel@jahoo.co.in

Superintendent :
Mrs Jennie Grace 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


Esher Sirra

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 Gadavari 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.
Nidadavol and a sister work in Narsapur

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. 
Hebron compound

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.
Bowden Park

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 Scriptures. 

Fasting and prayer continues every 1st Sunday in the month, which is attended by Staff, C
ollege students and Senior Girls.)

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.
Hermon School

Mrs Jennie Grace Prabhakar is now the Superintendent of Hebron Hostel, shown here (left) with Joyce Harding (right).
Jenny Grace and Joyce Harding


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.

More information?

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: hebron@verwoodroadchapel.co.uk. Or visit the new Hebron Hostel web site.


Archive of Newsletters and Reports

Newsletter No31 - Dec 2009
Newsletter No30 - Mar 2009
Newsletter No29 - Nov 2008
Newsletter No 28 - July 2008
Newsletter No 27 - Mar/Apr 2008
Newsletter No 26 - Jan/Feb 2008
Newsletter No 25 - Nov/Dec 2007
Newsletter No 24 - Oct 2007
Newsletter No 23 - Aug 2007
Newletter No 22 - May 2007
Newletter No. 21 - March 2007

Newsletter No. 20 - December 2006
Hebron 2006 Report
Newsletter No.19 - September 2006
Newsletter No. 18 - June 2006
Hebron 2005 Report and Cossins' Visit 2006
Hebron News 2003-2004


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