Orphan Outreach 2019-2020 Annual Report
— Ronne Rock · Tuesday, November 24, 2020 —
One thing is certain of ministry:
It doesn’t distance itself in the midst of uncertainty.
We have all felt the uncertainty of 2020. A global pandemic, economic upheaval, and political turmoil have dominated headlines. Stress is high as we adjust to working remotely, schooling our children at home and juggling life while facing the anxiety of catching a virus. Many of us have lost loved ones and friends.
In addition to all this, we have lost many of our support structures. We cannot worship and gather together as believers as we once were able to, and visiting family and friends is difficult. Zoom has become our impersonal gathering place. We can’t hug and have the blessing of personal connection.
All of this would bring despair and hopelessness, except that as believers, we have a strong, secure, and unwavering foundation—the sustaining grace and power of Jesus Christ. We have seen over and over again that nothing is uncertain with the Lord. As He led Joseph to store up grain for the devastating drought in Egypt that saved so many lives, including his family, so the Lord prepared our path to address the needs of the children and families we serve to sustain them amid this pandemic.
In the pages of this annual report, you’ll see story after story of God’s preparation. From water wells dug in Kenya that now provide hope to entire communities, to the creative ways our global team has transformed our programs to serve almost one million meals to the children and families who rely on us for care.
It is always the most vulnerable who suffer disproportionately during a crisis like this. Still, God met their needs with the resources He provided in 2019 and continues to give abundantly in 2020. As the psalmist says in Psalm 46:1-3:
“God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling.”
In His name,
Mike Douris, Orphan Outreach President