When you read I Corinthians 13 you quickly realize what’s valued in Scripture. Love. When looking at faith, hope and love Paul says the greatest of these is love. Love is what drives most short-term mission trips. Loving a child in an orphanage in Russia in 1995 changed a boy’s life forever. At a time when some Christians question the benefit of short-term missions, the story we’re about to tell you will cement the need for mission trips. Click here to continue...
It’s been a very good day for the second grade class at Precious Moments, located near the Santa Fe slum in Guatemala City. The students were introduced for the first time to the computer lab at their school and then received new backpacks filled with school supplies from Christ Church Plano and Monterey Church of Christ in Lubbock.
Serving orphans was a dream of mine, something that burned deep inside me, something I had felt was my calling for years. I finally had the opportunity to go on a mission trip this past December, along with my boyfriend, who was inspired by my passion for wanting to help and decided to join me. Traveling to a foreign country and meeting new people whom I had only spoken with on the phone or through email was scary at first, but the second we walked into the hotel the night we arrived a warm feeling came over us and we had instant friends. Having never been to Guatemala before we immediately felt at home.
On the morning of her 42nd birthday, Edith Suazo Fernandez (a former nun) arrived at the newly constructed home for orphaned and abandoned children in La Paz, Honduras. The country’s president's daughter, the mayor, many of Edith’s family members and friends, and hundreds of residents had gathered on January 20th to celebrate the new San Jose home. Involved parties made speeches, teens tottered on stilts and formed a drum line to pound their joy into percussion. Then Edith cut the ribbon and opened the door to her long-awaited dream.
We are so appreciative of our supporters that gave to the 2013 year-end needs. With your generous donations we were able to receive the entire $100,000 matching gift! Please join us in prayer as we start 2014 serving even more children in vulnerable situations. We currently have 348 that need a monthly sponsor! Find out more and see profiles of available children here.
What an amazing God we serve! This week has been filled with ups and downs but God has remained faithful. In each and every circumstance God’s plan has prevailed. In the end His purpose for this trip was fulfilled. Little ones were loved on in the name of Jesus and His salvation story was written on their hearts. The joy on the faces of the little one’s we served this week was contagious.
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!