by Mary Katherine Tiller
As the team left the orphanage just outside of St. Petersburg, Russia, Esther Rogers turned around for one last look. Her eyes were met with dozens of smiling faces, peering through the windows, waving goodbye. She quickly pulled out her phone and snapped a picture. She later posted it with the caption, “So we don't ever forget. There will be orphans in the world until Christ returns. We cannot forget our calling to take care of them.”
What's in a gift? For our #ShareYourStOOry guest Jack Koetje, a simple gift exchange became a life-changing moment. We're honored to share his story today.
Hope of Jesus, a children’s home near San Pedro Sula, Honduras, has joined Orphan Outreach as its newest partner ministry. The partnership was an easy decision led by the Lord, says Katherine Cheng, director of programs in Latin America.
Renae Niebergall has journeyed to India for a decade, and her heart has found its home in the remote community of Aizawl, where you'll find Gan Sabra HIV Home. She shares a most personal purpose in returning year after year - a purpose that shines brightest.
One of the things we probably all take for granted is light. Most of us have light available at the flick of a switch, touch of a finger, or clap of our hands. Our homes, neighborhoods, streets, offices, schools all have light. In fact it’s probably very difficult to go somewhere where it’s truly dark. While living in Honduras, I was shocked by how dark it could get outside the city. In our neighborhood on the outskirts of Tegucigalpa, the power was constantly going out. Whenever the power did go out, there were a few minutes before people lit their candles, turned on their flashlights, or started their bonfire, the entire place would be pitch black. Complete darkness. But eventually, the darkness would give way to the light.
“What's in the best interest of each child we serve?” As you read through the pages of the 2016-2017 Annual Report, you’ll see the dedication of a global team committed to always asking this very question. You’ll see the power of partnership as we come alongside national ministries dedicated to individualized, Christ-centered care for orphans and vulnerable children. And most of all, you’ll see the impact in the life of a child and the heart of a community when we work together, sharing our time, our talent, and our treasure. Your faithfulness bears good fruit daily.
Bring health and hope to vulnerable children and their families in Santiago, Guatemala! Be part of the Orphan Outreach Guatemala Medical Missions Ministry, October 13-21, 2018. Both medical and non-medical professionals serve together to offer both daily clinics and children’s ministry in this Lake Atitlan village. Register now - the deadline is June 1st!
Have you ever thought about traveling to India on a mission trip? Hear directly from the trip participants and India Director about why you should go. #orphanoutreach #india #missiontrip