Tucked away from the cheers of the children at the Community Care Center in Chimaltenango, Guatemala, the Harpers sit together and laugh. They have become used to the afternoon rains that darken skies and fill the air with the fragrance of the fields. This is the fourth year for Connie and Joe to be part of the mission team hosted by KVNE, a Christian radio station in East Texas. With their daughter Hali by their side now, the threesome calls Guatemala their second home.
We'll let you in on a little secret. We celebrate every moment of your journey to care for orphans and vulnerable children and their families. We read your stories and share your photos. Your joy is ours too. And that's why we're sharing two very special things today - a prayer from Benjamin Weaver, and words from Annie Horrocks. Both traveled to Manali, India, with Orphan Outreach to serve at House of Grace.
We are honored to share the stories of those who serve with us around the world. Katie Schaefer lives in Washington, but her heart has found its home in Guatemala. For the past three years, she has traveled with her church to Cerro de Oro, where she has built homes, taught students, and ministered to the women of the community.
“The Jewel of Western India,” or “The Land of Legends,” Gujurat state stretches for nearly 1000 miles along the Arabian Sea, with its northern edge shouldering Pakistan’s border. It is the birthplace of Mahatma Ghandi, and more than 60 million people call it home. In the village of Anand, 20 girls and their caretakers—Mainesh and Snehlata Parmar—share the Elwyn Parekh Children’s Home.
According to Huntington Bank’s Annual Backpack Index, the cost of back-to-school supplies has climbed over the last 10 years—up 88% for elementary school students alone. According to the Index, parents can expect to pay per child:
Have you ever thought about traveling to India on a mission trip? Hear directly from the trip participants and India Director about why you should go. #orphanoutreach #india #missiontrip