Interested in adoption? Take advantage of the upcoming workshop on adoption! Below is the full description of the one-hour workshop to be held at BMA convention on July 26th.
“Christ's Call to the Church” - Myron Bauman (PA)
The journey of adoption -- blessing and impacting the lives of the fatherless. How we as a church can be a fortress for those called to the ministry of foster care and adoption.
“Picking up the Arrows” - Lenn Miller (MX)
At "Light of Hope Orphanage" in Choix, Mexico, there are children praying for and waiting for a family to adopt them. It's exciting to see these prayers being answered. But we believe it's only the beginning. Is God calling you to be a part?
*Praise God for the good progress on building the staff ladies residence that provided needed work for Julian and others.
*Praise the Lord the rainy season starting which brings welcome relief to the high temperatures. *Pray for the Staff that are terminating to finish well, the new staff to adjust well and the children during the transition.
*Pray for a boys’ caregiver this fall and for a new orphanage director.
*Praise God with us for an inspiring Church Men's Retreat.
* Praise God for the two young men who have made a decision for Christ and have requested baptism.
*Praise God for the new commercial kitchen at the orphanage and ALL those who helped make it possible!
*Pray for the church planting team as they share the Word, disciple the believers and mentor the leaders.
*Pray for Roger Landis, Jason Dueck, Dorcas Beiler and Maria Kuhns as they complete LTO and language training in NYC in preparation to serve at the orphanage.
*Pray for guidance for the staff as we try to make the orphanage as safe for these children as possible.
*Pray for the Lord's protection and favor over the families adopting children of the home. Pray for more godly families to be raised up to adopt.
After months of planning and work, the new kitchen is up and running. We are grateful to those of you who generously gave of your time and money to see this become a reality! Below are a few pictures of the new kitchen.
*Praise the Lord for a blessed men’s retreat!
*Praise God for single workers who have signed up to work at the orphanage, and replace those who are leaving.
*Praise God for an encouraging visit from the DNI board.
*Pray for the workers attending the MTC training this month and the next.
*Pray for God to continue moving the hearts of families to adopt the children here.
*Pray that God would be preparing and equipping the adoptive families.
*Pray for Lorens as they give leadership to the single workers, Alvinos and Julians in evangelism and discipleship ministries.
*Praise God for an offer of matching funds ($7,000) for capital projects at the Orphanage. Pray for His direction in giving.
*Pray for the Orphanage staff needed.
*Pray for wisdom and safety for the annual Board visit March 24-31.
*Praise the Lord that John Beilers located an ‘04 maxi-van with only 98,000 mi. for the orphanage and their family. Also praise the Lord for the church that provided the $5,000 needed for purchase.
*Pray for godly families to adopt the three orphanage children available and the eight other children coming up.
*Continue to pray for land for the Choix Church at the right place and price.
The year of 2013 is coming to a close. God has been at work--both in our team, people of this area, and the children of the orphanage. We had many trials and valleys, but we have seen much triumph and victory through Jesus Christ. Thank you to those of you have prayed, given, and even come and visited. May the Lord bless you all with a Christmas that is focused on our Savior, and a fruitful new year!
The website has been overhauled over the last few days, with a lot of new content--articles, pictures, etc. There is a lot of new stuff on the following pages:
*Pray for the salvation of 93 year-old Pablo who lives near the orphanage.
*Pray for Loren's, Suzanne, LaVonne, Anthony, Albino's and Julian's as they Share Jesus this Christmas season.
*Praise God for answered prayer in providing wells to dig--that means work for Martin and Baldo and finances for the orphanage.
* Pray for progress in seeing the children of the home become adoptable. Praise God for favor thus far!
History was made this week at "Light of Hope Orphanage" -- the first child has been placed in a native, adoptive home! Ivan is 8 years old, and yesterday, he went to live with his adoptive family! While the adoption process is not completed, the couple was granted legal custody while the paperwork is completed. His new parents are a solid Christian, Mexican couple, and we are very excited for Ivan! (below is a picture of them on the day he left)
Finding adoptive families for the children of the orphanage continues to be our vision for the children of the orphanage, and things continue to move forward. God has recently been opening doors and granting us extraordinary favor with key authorities. Please pray that God would be raising up solid, adoptive families for these children, and that the doors would remain open for legal work to move forward.