by Analiz Schremmer
Every morning, Aurora wakes up and walks one hour to the bus. After a 45-minute ride, she steps into the Ravine, a Chimaltenango city dump, where she begins her daily search for pieces of trash that can be collected and either used for her family or re-sold.
Honduras’ most vulnerable population may benefit from new options of care in a family after a new foster care program for children is launched. In a first-of-its-kind agreement, Orphan Outreach’s partner NGO, Asociación Manos Extendidas (AME) and DINAF, the child protection social services division in Honduras, have agreed to design licensing standards and procedures for the national foster care system, followed by the development of a pilot privatized foster care program that will place children in safe and nurturing homes.
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. What a powerful way to close out the year than with Amy Norton, our director of programs for Eastern Europe, Africa, and India. Amy's story is our "why." Her heart reflects our mission and vision. We pray you are inspired and challenged to serve orphans well after reading her words.
Everyone has hit that point before, at one time or another - the point of total exhaustion, where you have given and given and given, and have no more to give. You’re overwhelmed. You’re peering into the chasm on the edge of burn out. Your emotional, physical and spiritual tank is beyond empty.
She’s quiet and thoughtful, and will quickly tell you that she’d rather you go on a mission trip than to hear her talk about hers. For Gina Blough, life has been transformed by saying “yes” to short-term missions – a decision that began with a longing to travel to Africa.
“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.
Join Orphan Outreach and 121 Community Church to serve our ministry partners in Honduras. This team is open to families and individuals that will primarily be serving the children of Jubilee school in La Era and the ministries of the San Jose Orphanage and NiCo in La Paz. Through the teaching of God's Word, crafts, games, and song, kids will learn and be reminded of the Father's great love and hope for them. 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