by Rey Diaz
One of the things we probably all take for granted is light. Most of us have light available at the flick of a switch, touch of a finger, or clap of our hands. Our homes, neighborhoods, streets, offices, schools all have light. In fact it’s probably very difficult to go somewhere where it’s truly dark. While living in Honduras, I was shocked by how dark it could get outside the city. In our neighborhood on the outskirts of Tegucigalpa, the power was constantly going out. Whenever the power did go out, there were a few minutes before people lit their candles, turned on their flashlights, or started their bonfire, the entire place would be pitch black. Complete darkness. But eventually, the darkness would give way to the light.
At the Community Care Center in Chimaltenango, Guatemala, a young girl fell to her knees in worship, with her arms raised and her tear-streaked face upturned. Cindy Easley had been married to a pastor for thirty-eight years and had spent her life serving and attending church. But on that day in Guatemala, she felt sure she had never seen worship like that before.
In Matthew 7, Jesus finishes his famous Sermon on the Mount -- love one another, don’t judge, don’t worry, walk the extra mile, turn the other cheek, and on and on. ?He concludes with the parable of the wise and foolish builder. ?Read Matthew 7:24-29, then return here.
As we end 2018 and begin 2019, we are thankful for all the ways the Lord has provided and used Orphan Outreach for His glory. Our prayer has always been to be in the center of His will both as individual servants and as a ministry in light of Ephesians 2:10
No one imagined back in 2009, when a group of moms and their 13-year-old daughters forever changed by a mission trip to Guatemala created a volunteer-led auxiliary for Orphan Outreach that—10-years later—the group would raise more than $1 million dollars for the comprehensive care of hundreds of orphaned and vulnerable children and families living in extreme poverty.
“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