Elina is 23 years old. She lives in Jelgava, Latvia with her parents, two siblings, and a dog. “To most people, my life is really nothing out of the ordinary,” she shares. “But there is something that is very special to me. I’ve always loved listening to other people’s stories. Most of the time, they don’t realize how God is working in their lives. How He is arranging their circumstances. And how it is ALWAYS for their good. It’s not just a sentence in the Bible how all things work together for good to those who love God (Romans 8:28). And trust me when I say that I was no different.”
She stands - a picture of grace - in the doorway of the Candlelight School in the slums of Nairobi. This is holy ground for Alice and her husband, Fred, founders and directors of the place that offers far more than education for vulnerable children in the slums of Kenya’s capital city.
The picture you see above is of a little girl in the Candlelight School in a large slum in Nairobi, Kenya. We were there to bring aide and do activities with the students. We could tell that many of the children seemed lethargic and found out that the school had not had money to feed the children for several months. Many of these children do not eat at home and can go days without food.
I pray for Shraddha when I open the refrigerator for milk. I close the door to bins stocked full of fruits and vegetables—and again I see her picture tacked there with a magnet. I have more than enough, but at times I wonder if the $36 a month I contribute to her care through Orphan Outreach’s sponsorship program is really making a difference in her life. How could so little do so much?
I have many books recommended to me to read about orphan care, foster care and adoption and there are a lot of good works available – probably more now than ever before as the movement in the church expands to care for the orphan.
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.
Wise as a Serpent - Gentle as a Dove Webinar
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!