by Mary Katherine Tiller
Many people spend their lives seeking the one place their passions, interests, and skills intersect. Trey Velvin found that place ten years ago, in Orphan Outreach.
They’re called “red zones” in Guatemala: communities plagued by violence, gangs, and extortion. Those living in the neighborhoods receive little support and encouragement, and opportunities are limited. But in Guatemala City’s Colona Santa Fe, elementary and middle school students and their families believe long-term change is possible—thanks to the work of Orphan Outreach’s newest family preservation ministry partner, Cada Niño.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:5
Ten years ago, a group of women and their daughters were changed forever by a mission trip to Guatemala. When they returned to the United States, the middle-schoolers asked one question: “What are we going to do now for the children we met?”
As the team left the orphanage just outside of St. Petersburg, Russia, Esther Rogers turned around for one last look. Her eyes were met with dozens of smiling faces, peering through the windows, waving goodbye. She quickly pulled out her phone and snapped a picture. She later posted it with the caption, “So we don't ever forget. There will be orphans in the world until Christ returns. We cannot forget our calling to take care of them.”
“What's in the best interest of each child we serve?” As you read through the pages of the 2016-2017 Annual Report, you’ll see the dedication of a global team committed to always asking this very question. You’ll see the power of partnership as we come alongside national ministries dedicated to individualized, Christ-centered care for orphans and vulnerable children. And most of all, you’ll see the impact in the life of a child and the heart of a community when we work together, sharing our time, our talent, and our treasure. Your faithfulness bears good fruit daily.
Bring health and hope to vulnerable children and their families in Santiago, Guatemala! Be part of the Orphan Outreach Guatemala Medical Missions Ministry, October 13-21, 2018. Both medical and non-medical professionals serve together to offer both daily clinics and children’s ministry in this Lake Atitlan village. Register now - the deadline is June 1st!
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