by Julie Cramer
With the stamps of numerous countries inking her passport, Lee Hageman anticipated nothing out of the ordinary when she and her husband, Paul, traveled to Kenya with Orphan Outreach in 2013. As the director of donor development at 91.3 WCSG, Cornerstone University Radio, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Lee had the chance to take 15 listeners to the East African nation.
Orphan Outreach has served in Latvia for a number of years, and most of the support has come in the way of mission teams and sponsorships working with their in-country NGO. The ministry efforts have been fruitful, and yet for Dace Rence and other Latvian nationals, something has been missing. “We’ve been trying to meet children in their need, to minister to them, to share the Gospel, but most of all, what we’ve always wanted was to get the local church involved.”
It all began with fire and water. In the summer of 2015, members of Women for Orphans Worldwide focused their attention on the families of Chimaltenango, Guatemala. Much work had been done to provide education for the children, but more work was needed to keep those families intact. Clean stoves and drip water filtration systems were installed in homes once filled with the choking smoke of open fires, and plans were set in place for a community care program that would provide more extensive support.
It's a special day at Candlelight School in the Matopeni slums of Nairobi. Alice Afwai has welcomed the team from WCSG radio in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and another guest is on his way. Tears fill her eyes when Ellis, the first Candlelight student to attend university, walks through the gates. To her, he represents the dream she and her husband, Fred, have for all 384 students. She believes every child deserves to shine.
It’s Wednesday, and the afternoon sky looks like cotton candy against crystal blue. Soccer teams blur the fields in practice as workers stoop over land nearby to harvest greens and purples and golds.
Join Orphan Outreach and other women from around the country in serving children in Honduras at the Jubilee School and San Jose orphanage through Bible stories, games and lots of other activities to build relationships and share the hope and love of Jesus Christ. Click here for more details.
Join Orphan Outreach, Gowen Bible Church and individuals in serving children and families of the Day Center near the Naval Port in Liepaja, Latvia. This trip is open to people from all over the U.S. Children will be out of school during this week for fall break, so this team will spend quality time building relationships and sharing the love of Christ through word and deed, while also ministering to the staff and local families. Click here to learn more.
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