by Paula Hayes
It was just a simple thing at church — let’s collect shoes for orphans in Russia. That simple project taken on by our small inter-city church was just the beginning of something God was going to do that would completely change my life, and the life of my family.
Brayan is such a quiet one, a hard working one. The story of his arrival at Little House of Refuge is kept tucked away, but there have been hints – hints of a harsh, hurtful life that no one should ever have to live. He’s safe now behind the cinder block walls and iron gate that muffle the sounds of trucks on the highway and the blaring of political ads from loudspeakers and the music from a nearby bar. Some may look at the orphanage and name it “no place for a young man to live,” but when I see his eyes light up, I know he has a different name.
Sometimes God places in our heart the desire do big things for little people in far away places. We dream about all we will see Him do there, the lives He might change using us as His tools—and then we remember we have to book airfare.
She works behind-the-scenes, focusing on the smallest of details around the world. For Katherine Cheng, prayer, cute sticky notes, and coffee are invaluable companions at Orphan Outreach's headquarters in Plano, Texas.
2014’s theme for Women for Orphans Worldwide (WOW) has been “Count on Me,” and the auxiliary organization’s charter chapter for Orphan Outreach celebrated the impact of those words at their sixth annual luncheon held recently in Dallas, Texas. Nearly 300 women attended to learn more about the Guatemalan ministries supported by WOW and to honor outstanding work done by students on behalf of orphans and vulnerable children in the Central American country.
Day 3- First day to visit Jubilee School: What I did not see today was luxury cars, manicured lawns or nice houses. What I did not see today was an orderly drop off line, perfectly clean and pressed uniforms, or a beautiful campus. No frantic stay at home moms or professional dads.
Join Orphan Outreach and 121 Community Church 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. This trip is also open to individuals from across the U.S. 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 programs, games, and helping teachers with basic subjects.
Imagine being thirteen, in a strange city, hundreds of miles away from home, and your mom abandons you at a bus station, driving off into the night with her lover.
We are very excited that more than 260 people attended the 5th annual luncheon to hear what a difference the WOW auxiliary is making for orphans and vulnerable children in Guatemala. Most thrilling of all, more than $50,000 was raised to help with the needs of the children in 2014!