by Ronne Rock
His perpetual smile is contagious, and to the children living at House of Grace in Manali, India, Anand Lal is a bit of a super-hero. The boys see him as a role-model - strong in faith, successful in career, selfless in love. The girls see him as the type of man they'd like to marry someday - caring to his wife, protective of his 2-year old son, and committed to faith and family.
An unfinished brick warehouse sits precariously above the colorful neighborhood streets carved into the mountainous jungle landscape of the Aizawl district of Mizoram, India. Inside, separated only by splintered wood and worn curtains, five families live and work. All are refugees who have escaped the human rights atrocities of Burma, and all now sit for hours each day at large looms, weaving traditional Mizo fabrics sold by vendors at market. Water is available from a nearby stream, and a few bare light bulbs struggle to illuminate a building that offers little in the way of creature comforts. For Liana and Haemi, a husband and wife with three young boys, this week is a better week. "We have some fresh vegetables from a garden I planted on the hill," he says with the hint of a smile. And this week, they have sold a good amount of their hand-loomed fabric. The couple fled Burma in 2011 to find sanctuary. Shortly after finding their home in Aizawl, both battled constant sickness. They finally went to a doctor, and both tested positive for HIV.
Ten years ago Immaculate was born to a single parent in the slums of Kenya. To make matters worse, she had a deformed right leg and skin infection. This year she received medical attention for the first time in her life, thanks to Tom Wekesa, a Kenyan native, who acts as Orphan Outreach’s hands and feet in the country.
Like many other moms in the world, I spend half my time in a grocery store reading labels and searching for “clean” items to feed my family. For me, the term “clean-eating” has always meant consuming the least processed, least added to, most organically grown foods. For families in Guatemala, the term has a completely different meaning.
A group from Tabernacle Presbyterian Church were some of the first people to meet Lourdes, Teresa, the staff and the children of Little House of Refuge after Orphan Outreach President Mike Douris said a resounding "yes" to partnership with the children's home in Xela, Guatemala. Josh Allen reflects now on what he's learned as he's returned again and again to the place that holds his heart.
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 travel to Latvia to minister and share the love and hope of Christ to children at the Day Center in the Naval Port near Liepaja. This trip is open to individuals across the United States. The team will be serving during the children's fall break when they are out of school and will have an opportunity to minister to families of the community. 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!