A sound grows in the distance as children play in the yard near the kitchen at Madeleine School. Rarely is there any noise on the rutted roads other than the voices of the villagers as they walk to their homes or to the sugar cane fields to work. The hum of the motorbike is a joyful disruption as it turns into the entrance; the students rush to the gate to welcome Miss Elizabeth. She has become a welcome presence at the school since her first visit in September.
Julia Oseida, Orphan Outreach Guatemalan Missions Coordinator, works with national ministry partners each week. But even she wasn’t fully prepared for what she and the late summer WOW team found when they traveled to neighborhoods unseen by most who visit her country and the Ravine School in the town of Chimaltenango. “It’s always easy to fall in love with the students who attend the school. You immediately adore their spirit, joy, and the smiles they so willingly share. But what you don’t always see is the life they live when the bell rings at the end of the day. For Gerson, Selina, Fredy, and Marvin, that life is far harder than I could have imagined. Their willingness to welcome us in to their home was both humbling and full of hope.”
Elina is 23 years old. She lives in Jelgava, Latvia with her parents, two siblings, and a dog. “To most people, my life is really nothing out of the ordinary,” she shares. “But there is something that is very special to me. I’ve always loved listening to other people’s stories. Most of the time, they don’t realize how God is working in their lives. How He is arranging their circumstances. And how it is ALWAYS for their good. It’s not just a sentence in the Bible how all things work together for good to those who love God (Romans 8:28). And trust me when I say that I was no different.”
Orphan. This word usually creates a picture in peoples minds. What does your picture look like? Do they look hopeless? Unclean? Hungry? Sick? Could they look strong, loved, hopeful and confident? In my world they can. I think any child that is considered an orphan has had a hard story. A story that most people would rather not hear because they don't know what to do with the pain in creates in their hearts. Those children have probably felt hopeless, unclean, hungry and sick. But these do not define the orphan.
She stands - a picture of grace - in the doorway of the Candlelight School in the slums of Nairobi. This is holy ground for Alice and her husband, Fred, founders and directors of the place that offers far more than education for vulnerable children in the slums of Kenya’s capital city.
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.
Wise as a Serpent - Gentle as a Dove Webinar
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!