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.
* Pray for God's direction and blessing on Suzanne, LaVonne and Anthony as they develop relationships with and minister to the village children and youth.
* Pray for Diana Troyer as she travels to Mexico, begins language studies and makes adjustments.
* Pray for well digging jobs to help cover monthly operating costs and provide work for Martin.
*Pray for LaVonne Lowen as she begins her language and culture month at Martins.
*Pray for Lorens as they plan and lead the Annual Single Staff Retreat the last week of October.
*Pray for more orphan support to cover the monthly operating costs.
*Praise the Lord for providing an extended cab pickup to replace the worn out minivan.
*Pray for much wisdom, grace and strength for the school staff and for the students to apply themselves to learning.
At the home here, we are taking care of several children (and youth) with special needs. One of the most severe handicapped children here is Bonifacio (Boni). Earlier, we were taking care of another little girl who was even more handicapped than Boni, or at least more physically delicate. She was returned back to the home she had come from because we felt like we weren't set up very well to care for her. We had also desired to return Boni, but he's still with us.
At this point we believe it would be best for Boni to be adopted into a Christian family. In light of the load the caregivers have, we feel it's too much for a team to take care of someone like Boni, plus we feel he is too vulnerable to live in the dormitory setting. We as a family have recently taken over the primary care of Boni, but are now making it known that we are looking for an adoptive home for him. If we cannot find a home for him, we feel we will need to eventually turn him back over to DIF (social services). Please pray for the Lord's good and pleasing will for this precious little life. If you are interested and would like to know more about Boni, please contact me (Lenn Miller) at email@example.com and we can set up a phone call.