by Rey Diaz
Over the years we have become convinced that we can accomplish more for the cause of the fatherless together than by ourselves. What does this have to do with you? Very simple. God’s best for you, His plan for your life, and the changes required to see that plan come into fruition are going to come about as you connect to a community committed to grow in Christ and engage in orphan care.
When our souls feel restless and our hearts long for more, it is natural to want to find a way to quiet the unrest, or at least, to ignore it. But Shannon Batson has learned to lean into the discomfort. In her experience, it is precisely this searching, this “holy discontent”, that has led to some of her greatest adventures.
For more than a decade, Orphan Outreach has been known for its commitment to financial transparency and accountability. Now, the global ministry has earned a 2019 Gold Seal from GuideStar, the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. Not only is financial information available through GuideStar, but donors and supporters will also find in-depth insight into Orphan Outreach’s goals and strategies, programs, and accomplishments.
Diana, the sponsorship coordinator for Orphan Outreach, had spent 11 years teaching in the American school system. Her years in the classroom were scattered with pencils that had been sharpened and used—and stepped on, abandoned, broken, and forgotten. She didn't think much about the power of a pencil. That is, until Kenya. It was in a small room in a school in Mathare Slum that Diana first felt the actual weight of a pencil- not the 0.28oz of the average pencil but rather the significance that it held for each of the children that had just opened up the now personalized canvas tote bags to find new pens, pencils, and a sharpener tucked inside. The weight could be felt in the cheers that rang out, it could be felt in the tears that came to her eyes as she realized that the longing they had for such a small thing was only a small reflection of the longing for education they had.
Thank you to Austin South, our Regional Director for Latin America, for sharing this month's Shine Brightest devotional.
“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 us in building relationships with the children in the La Paz community through service at the NiCo community outreach program and local public schools. This trip is open to members of 121 Community Church and individuals wanting to serve in Honduras. Register now - the deadline is July 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