Manju and Susan attend church with the girls and were natural choices as the new house mother and safe house administrator. Most of the girls know them already, and Pradipti has been working to make the transition easier for everyone. She hopes to continue to volunteer at the safe house after her baby is born, as much as possible.
Susan is a stay-at-home mom with two boys (ages 10 & 15) and lots of volunteer experience working with women as a pro-life trainer. Also a board member, she has been responsible to receive a number of referrals for women and young girls coming to the safe house. She will be handling all the office-related activities, as well as helping with any needs for documentation for the girls and the ministry organization.
Manju* will handle all the house activities and interact day and night with the girls. They lead the morning devotions, and she conducts Bible studies for them in the evening. The girls are enjoying learning more about the Bible, and those interested are trying their hand at knitting. She has a 20-year-old son for whom she is still praying to find a good living situation (traditionally adult children remain with their families, even after marriage).
Currently, there are about 15 girls seeking admittance to the safe house program. Pray for wisdom & guidance in selecting those the Lord would have - and pray for normalcy in the intake process as Nepal continues to open further.
*Don't be misled by Manju's expression - Nepalis are very formal when they are taking one another's photos and don't usually smile like we do (especially for her official application photo as a representative of the ministry). Manju has a "true ministry heart," and the girls are happy to welcome her to the safe house.