by Christine Bolaños
Faith Explosion Kid’s Camp may be small in scale but its impact spreads far beyond its facility in Lone Star, Texas. The camp evangelizes children in third to sixth grades providing them with a fun and safe place to worship and grow in their faith. This summer, the children learned about the opportunity to touch the lives of children in rural Guatemala and immediately sprung to action.
On a recent mission trip, we took the children of San Jose Orphanage to the Caves of Taulabe.
In her home state of Texas, you'll find Dr. Suzanne Odum focusing on cognitive behavioral treatment for children, adolescents, and adults. Today, she shares her Orphan Outreach story - of how a passion for serving others has become a family affair. Suzanne and her family not only travel together on mission trips, but they also have become family to a young mother in Guatemala through sponsorship. Through their compassionate involvement in her life, the teen's self-esteem and faith are growing, and self-harming behaviors are a thing of the past. The Odums are a testament to the power of Christ-centered connection and care.
In 2011, Kim and Joel heard an Orphan Outreach commercial on their local Christian radio station, WCSG, inviting people to travel to Russia. With attachments to the country through their adoptive children, Anastasia (14) and Joshua (13), the Blounts concluded the trip was the right way for them to serve other children in the country. So, Kim and Joel packed their bags and joined 30 others from greater Grand Rapids on a journey of a lifetime.
For 39 of 40 years of marriage, Will and Candace Stark have lived in Candace’s hometown of Lancaster, Texas, where they raised their two now-adult children, Julia and Joel, among the rolling farms and pop-up produce stands that linger long into pumpkin season. Their lives have been as rich as the Lone Star State soil. Will recently retired as a dentist, and Candace, a social worker (lmsw), continues as a program director for Child Protective Services, where she has worked for the past 33 years. But an entirely different corner of the world has captured their hearts over the years—drawing them to come back, summer after summer.
Join Orphan Outreach, 121 Community Church and other individuals in serving children and families at Jubilee Centers International, a Christian school that has been a light in the slum community of La Era since 2009. The team will help celebrate and honor the teachers and staff at Jubilee as they approach the end of the school year. They will also spend time ministering in the classrooms at Jubilee through Bible curriculum, games, and therapeutic activities. Click here for more details.
Join Orphan Outreach founders in St. Petersburg, Russia as we celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Orphan Outreach. The team will have the opportunity to spend time with many children, visit our orphan graduates and also learn about the culture and history of Russia. The registration deadline is July 1st! Click here for more details.
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