by Orphan Outreach
Throughout February, we're sharing YOUR sponsorship stories. Today, meet Amy Pearce!
One of the greatest joys of my life is hearing my son, Elijah, pray. You can hear his deep compassion and concern for orphans and vulnerable children in his voice. He ends every prayer with a plea to God “please help the kids with no mommy or daddy. Feed them. Love them. Give them toys.” He is only 8, thus toys are a priority.
We have so much in common - far more in common than we ever could imagine. And for Women for Orphans Worldwide (WOW) Atlanta, a Saturday in Honduras revealed that theme over and over again as part of a week of compassionate care in the country chosen by the new chapter for ministry.
Chimaltenango is a knotted hub of transportation located along the world’s longest road—the Pan American Highway, which threads through the Americas from Alaska to the tip of Brazil. Tucked into El Altiplano (“The Highlands”)—a region of mountains and volcanoes as well as canyons and valleys—Chimaletango is a place of contrasts. Most residents work as farmers—raising grain, sugarcane or livestock—or as artisans or merchants.
For Terri Tarwater, Women for Orphans Worldwide (WOW) has become more than an auxiliary organization for Orphan Outreach. It's a personal ministry for her and her family. One of its charter members, Terri says the seeds for the founding of WOW were actually planted long before mission trips were scheduled or fundraisers planned. WOW's prequel was written at a Dallas-area daycare center, when two toddlers met and fell in love.
At Orphan Outreach, we are committed to the health and well-being of our mission trip participants who travel with us around the world. We are aware there is growing concern about the outbreak of the Zika virus (which is carried by mosquitos). The virus generally causes mild symptoms, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned pregnant women against travel to many Central and South American and Caribbean nations because there is reason to believe that Zika is related to microcephaly, which can cause brain damage in newborns, but a direct causation has not been identified. More research is to be done to determine causation. As of now we recommend women who are pregnant or considering becoming pregnant to consult with their personal physician on whether or not they should travel to Guatemala or Honduras.
Join Orphan Outreach in serving children and families in western Kenya. The children we will serve come from unspeakable conditions, the victims of gross poverty and the HIV/AIDS pandemic. This team will be serving through Bible programming, health education, public health and meeting needs that may arise for the students and staff at Madeleine School. This trip is open to individuals from around the U.S., both non-medical people and medical and dental professionals. Click here to learn more.
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