by Katherine Cheng
No one can argue against the fact that the world we live in is full of brokenness and despair, and outside of Christ, it can easily seem hopeless. It is also consumed with self-indulgence and self-promotion, often at the expense of those around us. As Christians, we are called to not conform to the ways of this world (Romans 12:2); we are to live in the world but not of the world.
At an age when most people are looking forward to retirement, Mike Douris found himself looking forward to a new career.
As a child, Callie Troyer imagined God's “peace which surpasses all understanding” would feel like a warm, fuzzy blanket. However, as she and her husband traveled along the difficult road of international adoption, she came to know that peace personally. Better than a blanket, it was a deep, guttural assurance that they were exactly where God wanted them to be.
As the month of August begins, teachers and families around the world begin making preparations for the coming school year. For many children, the beginning of school is an exciting season, full of possibilities. Few things capture the promise of a new year like the purchase of new school supplies.
What does it mean to serve orphans well? For the staff at Orphan Outreach, this is the question ever before them as they plan new initiatives and evaluate current ones. For Rey Diaz, Senior Vice President and Executive Director of Orphan Outreach, the answer is simple:
“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.
Join us in building relationships with the children in the La Paz community through service at the NiCo community outreach program and local public schools. This trip is open to members of 121 Community Church and individuals wanting to serve in Honduras. Register now - the deadline is July 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