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Orphan Outreach

The Impact of Family Preservation

Promoting family is one of Orphan Outreach's four priorities. Through community outreach programs, aging out initiatives, and investment in preserving the rights of children wherever we serve, our prayer is that all children would have a safe and nurturing place to call home. That dedication and commitment is also a priority of...   continue

The Enduring Power of Sponsorship

In the midst of a global pandemic, it seems not a single life goes unaffected. The greatest impact, however, often falls on the most vulnerable. That is why now, more than ever before, is the time to sponsor a child. “Right now, our world is in chaos. But chaos is made more comfortable when you can afford an education and put...   continue

Central American Partnerships Bring Hope in the Midst of the Pandemic

On March 16, 2020, the Honduran government declared a national shutdown in response to the Coronavirus. Guatemala and the United States followed suit, as did nearly every other country on the globe. While sectors of the United States have since opened up, Guatemala and Honduras are entering into their seventh month in...   continue

Restoring Hope in Guatemala

As the spread of COVID-19 began to take its toll on the United States, Tim and Sharie Martiny braced their ministry in Guatemala for a life-altering lockdown, as well. Tim and Sharie are the founders of CadaNiño, an Orphan Outreach ministry partner in Guatemala that serves vulnerable children and families in Colonia Santa Fe...   continue

Running for Hope in Latvia

The work accomplished through Orphan Outreach wouldn’t exist without the support of our ministry partners and donors. These individuals and churches are the muscles that empower us to be the hands and feet of Christ to children all over the world. One such partner is Oakwood Church in Hartland, Wisconsin. For the past eleven...   continue

As Sure as the Sunrise

For the past couple years, I’ve developed the morning routine of heading to the gym for some cardio to jump start my brain.  The cardio is low impact (cycling, elliptical) which is all I can handle since a back injury sidelined me a few years ago.  I didn’t realize how much I was reliant on that habit until the gym...   continue

I just want to do my part...

Every staff member at Orphan Outreach has a “why” behind their work. It may be a moment, a child, or a personal experience, something that drives their desire to serve orphaned and vulnerable children around the world. Rey Diaz, Orphan Outreach’s Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, found his “why” on...   continue

We Can't Do This Alone

While these words may have been written for people returning home from Orphan Outreach mission trips, the devotional penned by Breann Schwasinger holds a newfound meaning in this turbulent season. Our Orphan Outreach family is praying today for you and your family. Together, we restore hope in the lives of the vulnerable, around...   continue

The Faith of a Child

Just as the COVID-19 pandemic was growing in the United States, I was in Guatemala and Honduras spending time with our ministry partners.  I was reminded once again of the many wonderful works the Lord is doing in Guatemala and Honduras through our great on the ground team.  One of several things that happened on that...   continue

Put Your Faith into Action

When Caitlyn Moynihan was just fifteen years old, she was invited to travel abroad on her first-ever mission trip. The experience captivated her, and she has returned nearly every year for the last ten years. Having just returned from her eighth trip to Guatemala, Caitlyn has been reflecting on the ways in which God has shaped...   continue

News about the Children's Hope Dinner—and Ways You Can Help Kids Today

Thank you for your ongoing support of Orphan Outreach and the children we serve together globally. Together, we restore hope for orphaned and vulnerable children. Given the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendation for no large group meetings for at least the next eight weeks, after much prayer, we have...   continue

New Milestone in Foster Care for Honduras

The road to change is long and winding, yet it is not without its milestones. These moments in time are worth recognizing and celebrating. Last month, Orphan Outreach’s Honduran NGO, Asociación Manos Extendidas (AME) shared in the celebration of  a very big milestone indeed: the graduation of the very first cohort of...   continue

So, what's your 'something'?

According to Rey Diaz, life is not a spectator sport. It’s meant to be lived with passion and purpose, pursuing the call God has placed on your life. For Rey, that passion lies in serving the “the least and the lost." “I am a big ‘passion’ person. I don’t believe we were designed to sit on the sidelines, watching...   continue

We don't have cookie-cutter programs.

While many stories are told of the names and faces “on the ground,” there is a network of dedicated men and women who serve passionately behind the scenes at Orphan Outreach. Katherine Cheng, a self-proclaimed ‘administrative type,’ is one of those team members. She spends her days dreaming, planning, and supporting her...   continue

I am amazed at the joy...

It was the summer of 2017 when Julie Treadwell first packed her bags and boarded a plane for Guatemala. “I went with my two daughters who were 13 and 14 at the time,” Julie says.  “We went on a mother daughter trip and we signed up at the last minute primarily for social reasons.  One of my girls was having troubles with...   continue

Care to Make It Through the Days

Word has gotten out in the small corner of a northeast India village that Zamawii is receiving a special gift. The 70-year old grandmother lives in a two-room shanty carefully perched on stilts, resting against the side of a cliff. There are two benches, a small bed, and a makeshift kitchen with a hot plate and little else...   continue

Why?

Renae Niebergall has journeyed to India for a decade, and her heart has found its home in the remote community of Aizawl, where you'll find Gan Sabra HIV Home. She shares a most personal purpose in returning year after year - a purpose that shines brightest. Why India? Why so far away? Why kids with AIDS? Why spend your...   continue

More love for more kids...

Hanging on a bulletin board, over a desk overflowing with textbooks, is a colorful drawing of two perfectly imperfect stick figures. It’s a child’s sweet offering to a friend, a mentor, living halfway around the world and her sweet reminder of the eight-day-trip that brought them together. The picture was drawn for Allison...   continue

Bless the work of our hands...

What would convince a Canadian to move to the States? Well, water-skiing, of course! At least, that is what brought Bryan Larson to Arkansas, over twenty years ago. “I moved to the States to teach water-skiing at a summer camp. I loved working with kids and summer camp had been influential for me as a young person. It’s the...   continue

Days of Hope RESTORED through Sponsorship

Orphan Outreach radio partner WCSG recently hosted Days of Hope, an on-air drive designed to share the power of sponsorship with their West Michigan listeners. In just two days, EVERY student at Patmos Junior School in Nairobi, Kenya, was sponsored. Each sponsorship provides support for boys and girls who might not otherwise...   continue

The Power of a Sponsor Letter

When you sponsor a child through Orphan Outreach, the opportunity to impact that child’s life goes well beyond your financial donation. While many sponsors choose to travel great distances to meet their child, others opt for a more accessible option: letter writing.One such sponsor is Alex Tamayo Wolf. Alex, his wife, Mesla...   continue

What serving orphans means...

For many, it is the orphan care crisis that opens their eyes and hearts to adoption. For Tiffany Wines, it was her experience with adoption that truly opened her eyes to the extent of the crisis. “My husband, Brad, and I felt called to form our family solely through adoption,” explained Tiffany. “At the time, we were too...   continue

Helping Little Ones Realize Their Potential

There is a small classroom lined with shelves in Chimaltenango, Guatemala, each neatly filled with toys and learning tools. Small, wooden tables sit in the center with tiny blue chairs surrounding them. Globes, small enough to be explored by little hands, rest on top of a shelf, next to an overflowing pot of ivy. This simple...   continue

Where can we help?

As Orphan Outreach enters into their second decade of service, Amy Norton has spent time reflecting on the organization’s journey and accomplishments. This time of reflection has served as a reminder of God’s goodness and faithfulness and provided her a deep conviction and comfort that He will continue to provide and lead...   continue

A Worldwide Family through Sponsorship

Social Media has become completely integrated into our daily lives. Millions of people around the world scroll through endless feeds that allow insight into a small piece of each others' lives. There are numerous arguments that question the positivity that this brings into the world. Is social media changing our lives for the...   continue

I want them to see...

Rugged individualism is deeply prized in western culture, but for Ronne Rock, there is more value in community, in family. In fact, should you spend much time at all with Ronne, you will surely hear her reminder that, “We’re all in this together.” It is this reminder, this commitment to care for the forgotten, that led...   continue

A Gift from Tyler

The sound of water trickles playfully throughout the courtyard at the Community Care Center (CCC) in Chimaltenango, Guatemala. A colorful rock sits quietly at its base, proudly displaying the word “Paz” in a child’s careful print. Paz means peace. It is a fitting word for the newly transformed space. What was once a...   continue

La Paz's Littlest Learners Shine

On June 10th, 2019, the Early Childhood Education Center (ECD) opened its doors for the first time in La Paz, Honduras. This program has been a long-held dream meant to further expand the NiCo program, providing educational interventions for pre-school aged children. While the program has only been in operation for a few months...   continue

An Advocate and Continual Learner

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...   continue

The True Weight of a Pencil

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...   continue

Orphan Outreach Receives Gold Seal of Transparency from GuideStar

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...   continue

God Unfolding a Plan

A cross-country move is often met with a jumble of feelings including excitement, reluctance, and a great deal of anxiety. For Diane Thompson, moving from Chicago, Illinois to Plano, Texas was all of that and more. “My husband works for Toyota and they were opening a corporate office in Plano, so we moved. This was the ninth...   continue

Serving at Hope of Jesus

Nestled in the Honduran mountains, sits a small white chapel with a stained-glass cross. Its humble walls hold the heartfelt praise and quiet prayers of seventeen children and their surrogate parents, Mike and Kim Miller. Together they are building community and a family through their organization, Hope of Jesus Children’s...   continue

He guides you where He wants you to serve...

At an age when most people are looking forward to retirement, Mike Douris found himself looking forward to a new career. “You know, it wasn’t my life‘s plan to start a ministry at the age of 55,” laughed Mike Douris, founder and president of Orphan Outreach. “I was kind of heading in a different direction; but...   continue

Saying Yes to Gideon

As a child, Callie Troyer imagined God's “peace which surpasses all understanding” would feel like a warm, fuzzy blanket. However, as she and her husband traveled along the difficult road of international adoption, she came to know that peace personally. Better than a blanket, it was a deep, guttural assurance that they were...   continue

Because Orphan Care Doesn't End When Orphans Age Out

What does it mean to serve orphans well? For the staff at Orphan Outreach, this is the question ever before them as they plan new initiatives and evaluate current ones. For Rey Diaz, Senior Vice President and Executive Director of Orphan Outreach, the answer is simple: “One of our core...   continue

When God calls, you respond...

“Why wait?” That was the answer that Abbey Van Andel shared when asked why she wanted to start a self-sustaining physical therapy program at the Down Syndrome School in Guatemala. “A lot of people ask me why I would want to do this at 16 but when God calls you  to something, you respond and leave it up to Him to figure...   continue

A natural fit for me...

Whether it is holding little ones in Guatemala or encouraging young adults as they age out of the orphan care system in Russian, middle school science teacher, Christy Engvall, wants to be used by God to serve His children. “One of my favorite verses is Mark 10:45, where Jesus says, ‘I did not come to be served, but to...   continue

How God works in the midst of hardship...

Growing up in Colombia and Venezuela, Luis Argote is no stranger to poverty. He has seen the pain and suffering caused by corrupt governments and a lack of resources. He has also seen incredible resilience and optimism even in the darkest of neighborhoods. It is these glimpses of hope that inspire him and why he feels the work...   continue

Our church has traveled every year...

Angie Pearson has been leading short-term missions trips to Latin America for twenty-five years, but she hasn’t always been so adventurous. In fact, before 1994, Angie had never been out of the country. “I know it sound silly, but I’m a bit of a clutz,” explained Angie. “ So, even though my husband, John,  tried many...   continue

We're going to give 100%...

God has a way of meeting us in unlikely places and speaking life into yet unknown passions. This is certainly true for Blair Pogue, who in 2005, was serving as a reluctant missions director for his Sunday school class. “Oh, I was a terrible missions director,” laughs Blair. “I had no idea what I was doing which meant...   continue

Orphan Outreach Adopts Family Support Center in Russia

There are few services available to help adoptive and foster families in Russia. Sometimes children end up back in an orphanage or foster care due to that lack of support. That is why Orphan Outreach had to step up when it was learned that a local program which offers these services among many others was losing funding. A...   continue

Together for Children Launches in Ukraine

It has been nearly 30 years since Ukraine gained their independence from Russia with the fall of the Soviet Union. Since that time, the Ukrainian people have attempted to rebuild their country, despite rising tensions, a faltering economy, and an ongoing war between Russia and Eastern Ukraine. In the midst of the turmoil are...   continue

You just have to go.

The invitation to travel with Orphan Outreach came in the midst of a very hard season for Cobi Porter. The spring of 2009 was one of loss and hardship; but according to Cobi, saying yes to that trip gave her hope God was not done with her yet. “My mom invited me to go Guatemala with her church. I was excited to go because I...   continue

...and most of all, hope

Many people spend their lives seeking the one place their passions, interests, and skills intersect. Trey Velvin found that place ten years ago, in Orphan Outreach. Trey and his wife, Dee, live in the Dallas metroplex with their three children. A life-long learner and admirer of cultures, Trey recently graduated with a Masters...   continue

Newest Ministry Partner in Guatemala focuses on Every Child

They’re called “red zones” in Guatemala: communities plagued by violence, gangs, and extortion. Those living in the neighborhoods receive little support and encouragement, and opportunities are limited. But in Guatemala City’s Colona Santa Fe, elementary and middle school students and their families believe long-term...   continue

We cannot forget our calling...

As the team left the orphanage just outside of St. Petersburg, Russia, Esther Rogers turned around for one last look. Her eyes were met with dozens of smiling faces, peering through the windows, waving goodbye. She quickly pulled out her phone and snapped a picture. She later posted it with the caption, “So we don't ever...   continue

New Hope for Orphaned and Vulnerable Children in Honduras

Hope of Jesus, a children’s home near San Pedro Sula, Honduras, has joined Orphan Outreach as its newest partner ministry.  The partnership was an easy decision led by the Lord, says Katherine Cheng, director of programs in Latin America. “We met them about a year ago,” she says. “It was quickly evident how aligned...   continue

You've been on holy ground...

At the Community Care Center in Chimaltenango, Guatemala, a young girl fell to her knees in worship, with her arms raised and her tear-streaked face upturned. Cindy Easley had been married to a pastor for thirty-eight years and had spent her life serving and attending church. But on that day in Guatemala, she felt sure she had...   continue

There are people around the world who love...

With minutes left before his crew began their return trip home, Bob Beams flipped the switch on a brand new washing machine. Cheers were heard around the room as water began to flow into the drum. Beams hugged Lourdes and Teresa Murguia, the owners of Little House of Refuge, as tears ran down his face. Bob and his team had...   continue

Restoration in the Heart of a Honduran Community

In the small town of La Paz, Honduras, two brave-hearted women looked around their community and saw a need. The children of La Paz, specifically from a small neighborhood known as “the invasion,” were severely lacking in educational support. In 2010, Other women in the community joined them, and the group began tutoring...   continue

Serving others helps your servant's heart...

Eleven years ago, Joyce Rogge stepped down from her position as Senior Vice President of Marketing at Southwest Airlines and stepped into a new chapter of her life. Desiring to spend more time with her children during the essential middle school years, Joyce chose to retire from a career she had grown and loved. A little over a...   continue

Loving the Outcasts

Patient zero: It’s the term used by epidemiologists to describe the first carrier of a disease. So what do we call the person who decreases its transmissions and betters the lives of its victims?At Gan Sabra HIV Home and community outreach program in India, we call her Lucy.When Lucy began working in community outreach, HIV...   continue

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WOW Celebrates 10 Years of Service

Ten years ago, a group of moms and their middle-school daughters went on a mission trip to Guatemala where they worked with vulnerable children and orphans. The girls were so impacted by their experience, that they knew they had to do something more. That something more was Women for Orphans Worldwide, the volunteer-led...   continue

What Hope Sounds Like

Thank you, Kaylei Ward, for sharing your heart after traveling with us to India to serve at Dar-Ul-Fazl. Yes, we love the sound of hope too. Ginger. It doesn’t matter if I’m on the streets of Denver or a beach in Florida. I am instantly transported back to China when I smell it. Wafles, and I’m back in Amsterdam, perfume...   continue

Love Pours Down

To get to House of Grace in Manali, India, you’ll need to take a long drive up the Himalayas, winding around steep mountains and narrow curves. The end of the path is on foot, where you’ll be greeted by snow-capped mountains that shine like a glittery backdrop around the children's home. “We walked up to a big blue gate...   continue

Hope Springs to Life with Water Well in Kenya

From the comfort of our American homes, the roar of a drill coming to life thousands of miles away doesn’t sound like much. But to the students attending the ACK Madeleine Centre in Mechimeru, Kenya, that drill’s rhythmic hum is the sound of new life. It is a sound that will impact their community for years to come as it...   continue

Hope at Blue Heaven

Siba’s family started Blue Heaven Academy decades ago, as a way to honor the Lord for all He had given them. The school is perched on a hill in far northeast India, in the town of Aizawl—a town considered one of the most peaceful places in the country. For years, the school was renowned for its academic excellence...   continue

The Bridges We Need to Connect Our World

She would much rather be behind the stage than on it. Leadership comes naturally for Jimmy Westcott, recipient of the 2018 Children’s Hope...   continue

Prepared for the Work

Since the beginning of her career, God was preparing Brenda Rivera for her role as Executive Director of ANIFU (Associación Niñez con Futuro), Orphan Outreach’s partner NGO in Guatemala. She couldn’t see that while she was living out her profession, but it’s clear to her now. Rivera worked as an auditor for private...   continue

The Woman at the Heart of the Children's Hope Dinner

The Children's Hope Dinner benefiting Orphan Outreach was born on a gray afternoon in St. Petersburg, Russia. Jimmy Westcott sat on the bus that had transported her and a small vision team to orphanages in the city and in neighboring towns - orphanages where she had invested in the lives of children and talked about the...   continue

Baby Classes Added to Family Support Center

In the Karosta neighborhood of Liepaja, Latvia, new hope is being offered to single moms and their little ones. The Family Support Center Miera Osta provides holistic care for families and children residing in Karosta and the neighboring communities of Tosmare and Lauma. That care now includes Baby Classes.“The families we...   continue

Seven Great Ideas to Help Make Adoption Debt-Free

It is possible to adopt without going into debt. Sometimes all it takes is finding the courage to put yourself out there and do some fundraising! Fundraising for an adoption gives others the opportunity to participate in the mission of giving a child a home and solidifies the community that will welcome them into their...   continue

Sponsorship Leads to Friendship in Guatemala

As soon as Sarah Winfree stepped foot in the Down Syndrome School in Guatemala City, all she could think about was meeting her sponsor child.She had spent a lot of time praying for 6-year-old Franklyn and writing him letters. His pictures hung in her home in Ohio. Even though she hadn’t even met him yet, she loved him like her...   continue

Adoption into God's Family - The Power of Sponsorship

Mindy Van Andel’s passion to serve orphans and vulnerable children began in high school. At 17, she traveled to Africa for three months. “When I was there, it was such a life-changing experience for me as a teenager that I began to pray that, if I ever had children, God would allow me the opportunity to go on mission trips...   continue

Making Adoption Costs Manageable

Covering adoption fees without going into debt isn’t as difficult as it may seem. There are many ways to manage the cost of domestic and international adoption. Prospective parents can enlisting support from friends and family, host fundraisers and apply to grants like Joseph’s DreamCoat to make their dream a reality. In...   continue

Child's Death Spurs New Program to Equip Families, Improve Parenting

In July of 2017, five-year old Ivans Berladins got on a bus alone. He rode for a while and got out at the wrong stop. He was 13 miles from his hometown in the Naval Port of Liepaja, Latvia. And he was lost. Not long after his disappearance, four thousand Latvians joined in search efforts to find a small, blonde-haired...   continue

Pilot Foster Care Program in Honduras Draws Closer to Launch

Honduras’ most vulnerable population may benefit from new options of care in a family after a new foster care program for children is launched. In a first-of-its-kind agreement, Orphan Outreach’s partner NGO, Asociación Manos Extendidas (AME) and DINAF, the child protection social services division in Honduras, have agreed...   continue

They want your time and love...

In 2011, Kim and Joel heard an Orphan Outreach commercial on their local Christian radio station, WCSG, inviting people to travel to Russia. With attachments to the country through their adoptive children, Anastasia (14) and Joshua (13), the Blounts concluded the trip was the right way for them to serve other...   continue

Guatemala has changed us...

In her home state of Texas, you'll find Dr. Suzanne Odum focusing on cognitive behavioral treatment for children, adolescents, and adults. Today, she shares her Orphan Outreach story - of how a passion for serving others has become a family affair. Suzanne and her family not only travel together on mission trips, but they also...   continue

Miles in their Shoes

For 39 of 40 years of marriage, Will and Candace Stark have lived in Candace’s hometown of Lancaster, Texas, where they raised their two now-adult children, Julia and Joel, among the rolling farms and pop-up produce stands that linger long into pumpkin season. Their lives have been as rich...   continue

In No Time at All

The distance between Ohio and China is 7,110 miles, or more than 14 hours in flight. Yet when Adam and Johanna Speas met their daughter, Jenna Mei, in Xuzhou, it took no time at all for them to fall in love. Pastor of adult ministries at Grace Church in...   continue