by Rey Diaz
Of all the girls in our ministry, Salome* had the most potential. Despite all the trauma in her life, she had risen above and not just survived, but thrived.
Orphan Outreach is celebrating a decade of care for orphans and vulnerable children, and we're inviting our US-based staff to share their thoughts about the ministry and its mission - and we're giving a sneak peek into their lives and loves. Katherine Cheng's commitment to orphan care began long before we opened our doors, and her passion for the marginalized is as strong in the United States as it is in India or Guatemala. Get to know her today!
Caitlin Moynihan remembers the first time she was told about Orphan Outreach. A freshman in high school, she hadn’t considered serving the vulnerable in a developing country. But a bible study leader she had known since childhood challenged her to prayerfully consider going on a short-term mission trip.
Recently planted raised gardens at the homes of some of the families of Chimaltenango could give a fresh start to not only the families but their community. The gardens include an assortment of vegetables such as spinach, celery, cilantro, lettuce, parsley, tomatoes, radishes, broccoli and beets. The pilot project was made possible by Orphan Outreach and its auxiliary organization Women for Orphans Worldwide team.
I’m not sure you notice this, but we all have some blind spots in our lives were we overestimate ourselves. The social sciences have developed a theory called Illusory Superiority - a cognitive bias whereby individuals overestimate their own qualities and abilities, relative to others. (Dunning-Kruger). Various studies have been done and the results are very clear – we all have a tendency to overestimate ourselves. For example, 836,000 high school students were asked “are you below or above average in your ability to relate to others,” and 100% said they were above average. In a similar study for professors, they were asked “are you above average or below average as a professor,” and 94% said they were above average. Finally, 100% of drivers put themselves in the top 25% of drivers - even those who had been hospitalized multiple times for driving accidents.
Join Orphan Outreach, 121 Community Church and other individuals in serving children and families at Jubilee Centers International, a Christian school that has been a light in the slum community of La Era since 2009. The team will help celebrate and honor the teachers and staff at Jubilee as they approach the end of the school year. They will also spend time ministering in the classrooms at Jubilee through Bible curriculum, games, and therapeutic activities. Click here for more details.
Join Orphan Outreach founders in St. Petersburg, Russia as we celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Orphan Outreach. The team will have the opportunity to spend time with many children, visit our orphan graduates and also learn about the culture and history of Russia. The registration deadline is July 1st! Click here for more details.
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