India / Himalayan DTOUR 2019

India / Himalayan DTOUR 2019 Ready to explore the lesser known side of the Himalayas? We ride to the lesser known part of the Himalayas – Uttarakhand, through hills, forest, never ending twisties and getting a first hand experience of the landscapes and cultures. Hoping to get caught up in the majestic Eternal Snows, get to swim in the glacial fed streams and paraglide high above it all -all while supporting the orphan children of The Good Shepherd Agricultural Mission in this charity event. Please enjoy an AMAZING ride!                                   

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FINAL #OrphanSchool Fund raising campaign Video’s & Updates

Interested to see how the Orphan School Building is going? Just go to here Here are the latest videos & updates just for you!   FINAL #OrphanSchool Fund raising campaign Video’s & Updates 05/04/2015 Campaign completed  Funds raised $114,417….. Building will be achieved …. Read the amazing Sam’s story via John Marshall Sixty days ago, the Good Shepherd Agricultural Mission and I launched our most ambitious fundraiser to date. Faced with growing enrollment and limited space, we were looking to raise $100,000 to expand the orphanage’s school. In all honesty, I wasn’t sure we would do it. My network of friends along with the Mission’s networks are only so large. But we stepped out on faith and started to spread the word. Overall, it went very well. As the campaign closes, our Indiegogo total says $45,620. We also received $4,160 from a 10-year-old girl named Ruby who ran her own $10 challenge campaign to support us.>>>

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Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays 2014

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays 2014 from VimeoBest on Vimeo. Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays 2014 Just a snippet of our families life in the past 12 months, California USA .. our trip to Good Shepherd Agricultural Mission Banbassa India, to visit an orphanage + a holiday. We went to 2 Weddings… My Daughter Ebony to Daniel (Connor) O’Connor in Las Vegas USA. Which included travel to Georgia, a road trip through several southern US States and a boat cruise to Mexico from New Orleans. Blanche’s my wife’s niece Stephanie’s wedding in Malaysia  with a WONDERFUL trip with sightseeing around Singapore as well. We also went to Spain, Portugal & Morocco as part of our around the world trip We travelled to Sydney twice, with many trips around Tasmania our home state.   A Social Network Christmas To add to the Christmas spirit I’ve included a few video’s with great>>>

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Indian and Nepal awakening

Indian and Nepal awakening

Our GSAM Banbassa Indian orphanage visit

Our GSAM Banbassa Indian orphanage visit from VimeoBest on Vimeo.

The GSAM was started in 1948 in a remote jungle area of Northern India, on the border of Nepal. The “mission” is now surrounded by many villages and small towns. There are approximately 80 orphan children on the mission, ranging from newborn to young adults.

Though it is partially self-supporting thanks to a 60 acre farm, the GSAM relies primarily on help from caring individuals to keep changing the lives of so many orphan children. The mission is largely run on a communal basis.

Facebook comments from Clifton in appreciation of out teams efforts.

Published on 7 Dec 2014

Our new Small Girls Hostel is now complete, we are so grateful to all the amazing people who helped make it a reality! Not only do we have this amazing new building but we also have a 53m long undercover raised walkway to protect our kids from the monsoon rains and summer sun -complete with solar lighting!

For more information about our orphanage: http://www.indianorphanage.com

Clifton Shipway Brad & Miriam make sure you see this, as well as Blanche,Richard, Craig (Joy), Paul, Paige, Aoife, Peter, Denise, Des and all the others awesome people from Door of Hope Christian Church and beyond who have helped to make this hostel happen.

Flight over Mt Everest and Kathmandu Nepal visit

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As part of an Insight vacation tour we visited Kathmandu Nepal. When we found out about the flight to Mt Everest we jumped at it. It was simply amazing and something to tell everyone we now meet as is was a life’s ambition to see it. Now we just need to tick that of our Bucket list!

Northern Indian adventure

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A journey into the mysterious and enigmatic, full of strange fascination – from the erotic temples of Khajuraho and the splendid Taj Mahal, to the spiritual presence of Hindu holy men and the world’s only official living goddess.

 

Source of the post below is from johnmarshall.com The reason I have included this is that our Indian adventure has changed our thoughts…. I was never one for hugging but the kids at GSAM have changed me… please see the 1st video above and read the following blog to understand why…

Kevin and Jenny

Photo credit John Marshall 

HUGS ARE GOOD FOR YOU.

If you have any doubt that this bit of deep wisdom is true, the bloggers of the world are here to remind you, offering a host of numbered lists that bloggers are addicted to writing.

7 Reasons why we should be giving more hugs
9 Reasons to hug and be hugged each day
10 Reasons why you need at least 8 hugs a Day

A quick scan of any one of these posts will tell essentially the same story: Hugs are good for you.

They boost the immune system, lower stress, stimulate oxytocin in the brain, promote feelings of contentment, increase serotonin and dopamine production that reduces pain and makes you happier.

Studies show babies who are hugged fare far better than their non-hugged peers. There’s even evidence that hugging can raise the dead, as more attention grabbing blog headlines reveal:

Mom’s hug revives baby that was pronounced dead
Twins, now 17, rescued by hug at birth

With all this in mind, I decided to give myself a challenge to count the number of hugs I received here on the Mission in a single day. Before starting this however, I set one simple ground rule: I could not solicit the hugs in any way.

And so yesterday, I walked out of my room and started counting, which was harder than it might sound. The children on the Mission, especially the young ones, are incredibly affectionate, often swarming in packs, jumping, calling to be picked up, wanted nothing more than to be seen.

Which makes it difficult to count when you’re saying good morning to seven children at the same time, attempting to give each a piece of undivided attention.

But I soldiered on.

Before breakfast, after breakfast, on the walk up to school, on the way home from school, during play time, before and after tutoring, heading to dinner, leaving dinner, during free time, and at the intense finale at the end of the day.

When the kids were all in bed, I thought my counting was complete until three of the Small Girls walked into Rick’s room where we eat to say goodnight. Kelly, Sawitri and Kushbo. “Good night, Uncle,” they all said. Hug, hug, hug.

Before I give the final tally, I’ll make a few observations. While a good number of the hugs I receive here are the quick grip-and-go variety, many of them are much more than the sterile, bony slap-on-the-back kind of hugs that most Western hugs are made of. Many of the nursery kids follow up their full-body hugs with a kiss on the cheek, while some of the Small Girls and Boys will hug and then hold on, talking about school or test scores or anything at all, no doubt soaking up all the good huggy vibes all the bloggers are raving about.

I know hugging is a bit taboo in American, mostly banned in schools for fear of crazy (and not-so-crazy) accusations. But here, there is none of that weirdness. Of course visitors are screened and vigilance is maintained. But generally, there’s such a sweetness around the hug culture on the Mission, I’m sure it contributes in a big way to the overall happiness of the place. Without any scientific evidence to back me up, I suspect the collective serotonin/dopamine/oxytocin levels are off the charts, probably bubbling over into the water, sparkling like fireflies in the air.

After 217 hugs yesterday, I’m just happy to be doing my part.

 


Photo credit John Marshall 

 

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Richard Bejah

Richard Bejah CFP® was appointed in the role of Ambassador (Voluntary) to The Good Shepherd Agricultural Mission and their successful #OrphanSchool building campaign. GSAM is one of the oldest Orphanages in India.




Quote:

“You give but little when you give of your possessions.

It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” 

~ Khalil Gibran, The Prophet


 

 

 

The Good Shepherd Agricultural Mission

    The Good Shepherd Agricultural Mission   Grandpa Rick and “The Farm” from The Archibald Project on Vimeo.       The Good Shepherd Agricultural Mission was started in 1948 in a remote jungle area of Northern India, on the border of Nepal. The “mission” is now surrounded by many villages and small towns. There are approximately 100 orphan children on the mission, ranging from newborn to young adults. Though it is partially self-supporting thanks to a 60 acre farm, the GSAM relies primarily on help from caring individuals to keep changing the lives of so many orphan children.  The mission is largely run on a communal basis with many of the staff working as volunteers, without pay but the mission helps to meet their needs by providing food and supplies. There are also workers who do work for a salary, though it is very minimal. The whole “family”>>>

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The Two Pots

The Cracked Pot  ( A CLASSIC story in a modern way) Tale of the Water Bearer’s Pots (The original CLASSIC story)   A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water. At the end of the long walk from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water to his house. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect for which it was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half>>>

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