by Julie Cramer
As Orphan Outreach celebrates a decade of care for orphans and vulnerable children, 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. First up is Ronne Rock. She manages feature stories and social media for Orphan Outreach, and she's been leading mission trips since 2009.
She sits in the small suite of offices now filled to the brim with co-workers, supplies, maps, calendars, and photographs of the faces representing thousands of children supported by Orphan Outreach ministry partners and donors. Tiffany Taylor Wines, Director of Marketing & Development, was there when a small band of passionate people first met together to launch the global ministry 10 years ago. The original team had all worked in orphan care ministries, and all felt a similar call to serve in a rich and meaningful way.
I love Christmas season, but I will confess: I find the whole idea of gift-giving quite challenging. I stare at my shopping list and ask the same questions each year.
Marcela and her friends run, laughing, down the rutted dirt road and through the gate to the small brightly colored house and the smiling women who welcome them with open arms. Inside, the fragrance of a warm meal fills the room as the children gather to learn a lesson from the Gospel of John. For the third grade girls, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons are a welcomed treat.
He’s traveled to Russia more times than can be counted, and the country continues to hold a special place in his heart. Orphan Outreach President Mike Douris remembers the first conversations with the Department of Education shortly after the Soviet Union fell. Government-run orphanages were filled to capacity with children who not only had been rescued from abuse and neglect, but also who had been placed by parents struggling to survive. “In the early days, we were asked to provide guidance on basic childcare, to share best practices for the orphanages," he reflects.
Join Orphan Outreach and other individuals in serving children in Honduras. The team will be serving children and staff at the San Jose Orphanage in La Paz and spending time focusing on spiritual and emotional growth with both the orphanage staff and each other. The team may help with daily tasks around the home as needed and provide Bible curriculum program as well as educational support. The team will also serve La Paz through the NiCo community program. Click here for more details.
Join Orphan Outreach's president Mike Douris on this medical mission trip that is open to both medical & non-medical professionals. This team will serve at ACK Madeleine School and provide a medical clinic to the students and teachers as well as Biblical teaching. The trip also includes an optional 2-day safari at the end of the trip. 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