by Julie Cramer
Sasha Elichev understands orphans firsthand because he is one. Born in a small town on St. Petersburg’s outskirts, Sasha was the middle child—sandwiched by an older brother and a younger sister.
Everyone calls her “Tia Lilly,” from the neighbors at the grocery store to the toddlers who waddle past her on their way to play with teams visiting from the United States. The teenage girls who she cares for every day say they want to be like her when they grow up. And her children’s home, Hope & Future, is a true image of its founder’s heart and soul. The home provides a safe and loving environment for more than 25 teen moms and children rescued from abuse, neglect, and trafficking.
“Have you ever heart of a GERUND? I know you’ve used one, and more than likely just didn’t know it! The definition of a gerund is a verb form ending in ‘ING’ and used as a noun.”
The Jubilee School in Honduras has a message for parents: You are vital to your child’s educational success.
She's an ambassador for her country, and she loves those who love orphans. And with rare exception, her presence is as much a part of an Orphan Outreach mission trip to Guatemala as volcano-dotted landscapes, Rosa de Jamaica, and families dressed in ropa tipica (traditional clothing that honors the heritage of the country and its people). Nelly's brightly colored kiosk sits just behind the fountain in a crowded market in Antigua. In it, shoppers find purses, backpacks, blankets, and more. "See what we have created for you this year," she says as she pulls out beautifully woven oven mitts and and a newly designed amenities bag. She is an energetic entrepreneur who remembers faces and is always asking customers - or, "my good friends" as she calls them - what they would like to see in her store. "I then pray and God gives me the ideas." Nelly's ideas have found their home in the hearts of mission trip participants, donors, church partners, and ministry supporters.
Day 3- First day to visit Jubilee School: What I did not see today was luxury cars, manicured lawns or nice houses. What I did not see today was an orderly drop off line, perfectly clean and pressed uniforms, or a beautiful campus. No frantic stay at home moms or professional dads.
Join us as we return to Santiago, Guatemala for a 5-day medical clinic! Medical professionals (physicians, physicians assistants, nurses, etc.) and non-medical professionals are needed to not only meet the physical needs, but also address the spiritual needs and share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the several hundred people who visit the clinic. Click here to learn more.
We are very excited that more than 260 people attended the 5th annual luncheon to hear what a difference the WOW auxiliary is making for orphans and vulnerable children in Guatemala. Most thrilling of all, more than $50,000 was raised to help with the needs of the children in 2014!