Jimmy Wayne, country music singer, songwriter and author, returned to the Children’s Hope Dinner on April 16, 2015 for the debut of a video about his recent trip with Orphan Outreach to Guatemala. Jimmy shared his inspirational story of growing up in the foster care system. His testimony is chronicled in his recent New York Times best-selling book, Walk to Beautiful. Jimmy has never forgotten what it feels like to be homeless and without parents. In his role as an advocate for vulnerable children, Jimmy has become a valuable partner of Orphan Outreach. When he traveled to Guatemala, he visited orphanages and shared his testimony, becoming a source of hope and inspiration to the children.
April 16th's second annual Children’s Hope Dinner benefiting Orphan Outreach will bea joy-filled evening featuring a performance by New York Times best selling author, acclaimed country music artist and child advocate Jimmy Wayne, and honoring philanthropic activist and Children’s Hope Award recipient Cindy Brinker Simmons. Receiving the esteemed Champion of Hope Award, four local surgeons are being honored for their heroic efforts in helping Gersi Ordonez, a young orphan woman, smile again. The event supports Orphan Outreach’s unique programs providing vulnerable children around the world with basic survival needs and education.
In the beginning (of Orphan Outreach), was Amy Seale.
The ravine sits at the end of a dirt road on the outskirts of Chimaltenango. Every day, families come to dig through the mountain of garbage in search of hope. Generations have worked the dump like a farmer works a field. They look for anything that might be transformed into a little money for food and shelter. Vultures try to stake their claim, and feral dogs fight for scraps while hands dig through the stench of refuse. Small children, sun-weathered mothers and silver-haired grandfathers move quietly in the patchwork quilt of someone else’s nothing to find something.
A powerful message from Mike Douris, Founder and President of Orphan Outreach:
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.
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!