A Life Transformed: Biakmuan

When Jan (our founder and Executive Director) visited Angels' Place in March, he had the opportunity to interview some of the kids who had graduated and left the orphanage.  Here is what he learned, in his own words, about one of our many success stories:  Lalbiakmuan!

"Biakmuan (as he is known by friends and family) impresses everyone with his hard work and enthusiasm for everything at Angels' Place. If its singing in the chamber group and the senior choir or concentrating on his lessons Biakmuan excels in attention and interest. He played soccer, volley ball and basketball at Angels' Place. Biakmuan graduated from Angels' Place this year having completed class 12 at Rayburn College High School. He wants to go on with his education either at the Imphal School of Preaching or at a local college. He kept above average grades and passed the state exam to pass class ten and go on to classes 11 and 12. Unfortunately, he cannot afford to go on to college yet. He went back to live with his father in the country where he now works as a laborer to support himself and his father. His younger sister is still at Angels' Place. He had many reasons to like living at Angels' Place, the friends, the organization, the discipline (Yes, he said he liked the discipline!), the education and the activities, especially the singing. He became a Christian and now preaches at his home church. He will continue to work to further his education and be a positive and productive member of his community."

It is only through the generous support of our donors and sponsors that we are able to help kids like Biakmuan break free from the crippling grips of poverty and lead successful productive lives as adults.  We have hundreds on our waiting list hoping for someone like you to help make room for them at Angels' Place.  Visit our Ways to Help page to learn what you can do.

Angel of the Week: Thang

Meet Manglunthang, or Thang, as he is known by his family and friends.

Thang lost his father in 2017 and when his mother remarried soon after he was sent to live with his grandfather.  Unfortunately, his grandfather was too old to care for the needs of growing children so he came to Angels' Place.  His caregivers remember a shy reserved child when he first walked through the doors of the orphanage with his younger sister.  They were alone, forgotten and traumatized by a life of hardships: being raised by an abusive alcoholic father, losing their father to liver disease, being abandoned by their mother, all on top of the extreme challenges of growing up in poverty.  It is no wonder Thang was so withdrawn.  In his own words:  "My life was very hard."

Today, Thang is thriving at Angels' Place.  His caregivers describe him as a cheerful and friendly young man who is quickly overcoming the emotional obstacles to his success.  Thang appreciates the "friendly atmosphere" at Angels' Place and loves playing football with his new friends, listening to music and drama.  One day he dreams of becoming a "good" police officer and thanks to the education he receives now, this dream is a real possibility.  He is no longer destined to repeat his father's tragic story.

Thang wants everyone to know how grateful he is to his sponsors who have made his transformation possible.  Because of their generous support, he is getting everything he needs to build a successful life for himself and become a healthy and productive member of the community.

There are hundreds of children just like Thang on the waiting list to begin their transformation at Angels' Place.  You can help make room for them by visiting our Ways to Help page.

Inside Angels’ Place: Englian Valte

Meet Englian Valte, the Superintendent of Angels' Place.

Englian's job is to look after the welfare of the children and staff.  He sees himself as the link between the administration, staff and the children.  As a retired bank professional, he is now the longest serving superintendent to work at the orphanage and he is one of our greatest assets.  He is reliable, trustworthy, and has a strong commitment to fulfilling his responsibilities to the best of his ability.  Though he faces many challenges in his role, especially with problem children with low self-esteem, he finds it all worthwhile when he sees them blossom with proper nourishment, love and good care.  His greatest motivation is his desire to give children hope, especially those who have none.

In Englian's own words:  "I consider myself privileged to serve the Lord in Angels' Place as one of the staff.  I am happy and contented."

We, at the James Connection, feel tremendously blessed to have such dedicated and hard-working individuals like Englian working with our children.  Thank you Englian!

Look for more stories of the people working behind the scenes "Inside Angels' Place" coming soon.  In the meantime, if you have not read any of our "Angel of the Week" stories, don't miss them.  You will be inspired.  Just click on "Angel of the Week" under categories to the right of this page to begin.

To learn how you can get involved, visit our Ways to Help page.


A Life Transformed: Thuamneiching

Jan, our Founder and Executive Director, made his yearly journey to visit Angels' Place in early March. He had the opportunity to catch up with many of the "Angels" during his short visit. Here is the first in a series of stories about kids whose lives have been transformed through the work we do at The James Connection. Below is the story of Thuamneiching, told in Jan's words...

"I have talked and written about Thuamneiching many times since she came to Angels' Place 13 years ago, Before reaching age six she had lost her home and all belongings when a rival tribe invaded her village, burned her house and drove her and her family away. She escaped with just the clothes she was wearing and the possessions she could carry. She had already lost her father. She went to live with her grandmother, and the two of them survived on cutting wood in the forest and selling it at market. This earned them about $1.25 a day, not enough for her to attend school and pay for her supplies. She came to Angels' Place in 2005, already three years behind in school. She immediately made her mark. She did well in school and, after one year's instruction in martial arts, won the state title. Several years later she won outstanding girl athlete at a state track meet. Thuamneiching left school before finishing class twelve when she had an offer from a family to help with their children while traveling. She spent four months in Myanmar and one year in Singapore. While away she contracted dengue fever which knocked her out for many months. Now she has returned to Churachandpur and wants to finish class twelve, pass the state exam and qualify for college. She is working ten to twelve hours a day at a restaurant to support herself and her disabled mother while studying for the qualifying exam. She will make it. She has overcome much bigger challenges. Thuamneiching is modest and shy but hard working and determined. She is thankful for Angels' Place. She says "it was fun" and she learned to help others. It has been a wonderful privilege to have known her and watched her grow into a fine young woman."

It is only through the support of our generous donors and sponsors we are able to make a difference in the lives of children like Thuamneiching.  Won't you be part of the solution?  Learn how you can help by visiting our Ways to Help page.