On the night of his birth, Baby Moses was placed in a plastic bag to be discarded with the trash. He was born to a drug and alcohol addicted woman who makes and sells alcohol in a small store in the area. When a heavily intoxicated man came into her store to purchase additional alcohol, she handed him the plastic bag containing Baby Moses and asked him to throw it away. He never realized a newborn baby boy was struggling for life inside.
Outside the city of Chimaltenango, Guatemala, sits a trash-filled ravine. On any given day, around 100 people can be found searching and sorting for items to be resold at the weekend market. Admirably, these hardworking families labor up to 14-hour days to provide for their children in an honest way. Many of those children accompany their parents to the dump.
I’ve heard it said that short-term mission trips can be damaging, that they are little more than easy ways for people to pacify an itch to be Santa Claus. In fact, I’ve had more than one person tell me that seven days have little true value in impacting real change in the lives of the poor and discarded, and that short-term mission trips should be abandoned for more “meaningful ministry.”
Born in Kotagiri, a small tea-growing town in the hills of Tamil Nadu state, Umashankar Shankardas should have grown up worshiping Hindu gods. His family’s last name literally means, “Servant of Shankar,” or “Shiva,” a primary Hindu god. He came from a family of priests, serving the major pilgrimage temples in the south of India.
After Justin’s mother tragically lost her husband to gang violence, desperation set in, but she found hope in the form of her son’s education. Located in La Era, an impoverished community of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, the Jubilee School actively seeks to restore joy, or jubilee, to the crime-ridden community.
Members of the BL WOW (Women for Orphans Worldwide) club just returned from a mission trip to Guatemala. They ministered in the Guatemala City area at a city dump, a school serving families working in the dump, a girls home and a baby home and at an orphanage for children in Xela, Guatemala. They helped create and paint murals, painted a carport, brought t-shirts and sports equipment, helped prepare lunch for 100, create art mobiles and, most important, shared the love of God!
The 4th Annual WOW (Women for Orphans Worldwide) Dallas December luncheon was hosted on Thursday, December 6 at the Northwood club. More than 250 people gathering to hear what a difference the WOW auxiliary is making for orphans in Guatemala. Most exciting of all, over $21,000 was raised to help with urgent orphanage needs in 2013.