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2018: A Global Overview
by Mike Douris
Posted on Tuesday, January 09, 2018
2018 is here - a time for fresh perspective and big dreams for the upcoming year. 2017 was a powerful year for Orphan Outreach and global orphan care, even in the midst of significant challenges. In countries around the world, government resources for care of orphans and vulnerable children grew even more limited due to political unrest and corruption. Anti-evangelism laws passed in parts of Asia and Eastern Europe have led to some ministries closing down entirely. There is more scrutiny than ever on what defines an orphan, what quality orphan care should be, and who should be charged with providing that care.

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And in the midst of these challenges, the Lord has opened doors for ministry for Orphan Outreach to have an even greater impact on children in the countries we serve.  Here are a few of the highlights:
  • A medical clinic was built at Madeline Academy in Kenya with the potential reach of 25,000 people.
  • A contract was signed with the government of Honduras to finish the country's foster care protocols and develop the tool kit to train DINAF staff on implementation of foster care.
  • 669 people traveled with us on mission trips to serve orphans and vulnerable children, which is 17% more volunteers than from 2016.
  • The First Lady Laura Bush spoke at the Children’s Hope Dinner, which raised approximately $300,000 for the children Orphan Outreach serves.
  • Funding and support was provided for ACH orphan alliance conference in Guatemala which had over 1,500 participants, along with representatives of most of the government agencies responsible for the protection of children.
  • Ukraine was added to the countries served by Orphan Outreach, serving graduates through Alpha Life Ministry in Dnipro.
  • Nepal is being added to our countries served, ministering to children in slum in Kathmandu in an after-school program (partnership launching in 2018).
  • A new preventive community program is being added in Latvia, serving children in the Naval Port in Liepaja.
  • The number of graduates served in Russia is growing, and we now have the opportunity to serve a technical school for orphan graduates.

Those are just a few of the highlights in addition to the thousands of children served every day of the year by the ministries we support -  children hearing the gospel of Jesus Christ and growing in their faith, getting much needed medical care, receiving education that they would not have had access, receiving counseling and psychological services, housing, encouragement and support, being nourished with hundreds of thousands of meals and nutrition and receiving many other vital services. Children are being given hope and a path to a brighter future.

And I can't forget the work being done through Joseph's DreamCoat adoption grant fund, as we provide financial and prayer support for families.


Orphan Outreach has even more projects in development for 2018.  There's a new dining hall being built for the campus of Madeline Academy in Kenya, as well as a much-needed water well for the campus and community, a Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Initiative in Guatemala. That's in addition to what I mentioned earlier: expansion of foster care in Honduras, beginning our first year in Kathmandu, Nepal, implementation of the new Latvia community program, expansion of the community program for families effected by HIV in India and many other initiatives in the countries we serve.

Yes, the world is getting more difficult and more dangerous in which to do missions but we serve a God who transcends obstacles and will provide for those willing to be faithful to serve in the midst of those challenges.  Orphan care has become a major focus for both the private and public sector and Orphan Outreach has the blessing and opportunity to be used by the Lord to serve thousands of children and provide leadership to advocate for best practices in the countries we serve.


None of this would be possible without the support of our volunteers and donors and our amazing staff and partners.  As James says in James 1:27, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this:  to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and “to keep oneself” unstained rom the world.”  It is a privilege to be used by the Lord to show each child we serve how much they are loved!

Blessings to you all. Here's to a powerful 2018.

Mike Douris
President, Orphan Outreach

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