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November 22, 2016
November marks National Adoption Month and it also happened to coincide with our 4 th bi-annual Strengthening Families Conference for Foster and Adoptive Families in Ukraine. “I came here a broken and weary vessel, and am going home restored” were the words of Oksana, one of the adoptive mothers who attended the weekend event with her husband. For 3 days about 100 Ukrainian couples who are parenting a combined total of over 600 kids, were able to take a much-needed break and work on strengthening their own marital relationships and gain needed skills to better parent their children who have...Read more
November 21, 2016
Sarojini lives with her parents, Annadura and Kidha, in Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu, India. Her father, Annadura, worked as a construction laborer for many years, providing the the family’s only livelihood. Her mother, Kidha, is a home maker. A few years ago, Annadura left for work one day, just as he had many times before, but he did not return home. When he wasn't home late into the evening, Sarojini and her mother became worried. One of their neighbors came and found them, delivering the bad news, that Sarojini’s father was injured when he fell from the third story of a building while working...Read more
November 06, 2016
Karen Springs, Regional Project Manager for Eastern Europe, CIS Countries and Middle East Projects reflects on a special young boy whose life was changed through our Keeping Families Together program. Upon walking into a children’s home in eastern Kyrgyzstan, a little round-faced boy quickly grabbed my attention. He was no more than 6-years-old and I learned he had only been living in the orphanage for a couple of months. He appeared sad, stuck close to the adults, and appeared out of place. When I inquired about the boy and why he had come to live at the children’s home, a story quickly...Read more
October 27, 2016
Editors Note: Orphan's Promise partners with NightLight to minister to victims of human trafficking throughout the Asia-Pacific region. In this story, names have been changed and faces have been blurred in order to protect identities and prevent reprisals from the traffickers. Please pray for our work to combat this very dark industry where men, women and children are bought and sold for a few dollars. We met Tish at a Beauty Shop in May. Tish is Cambodian, but grew up in Thailand. At the age of 7 her father forced her to leave her home in Cambodia and come to Thailand to live with her...Read more
October 10, 2016
Mounika and her family live in Mothinagar area in India, near the Orphan's Promise Prabath Nagar Community Development Project center (CDP). She is a bright, beautiful girl, but only studied through 7th grade due to family problems. She dropped out of school and later married when she was just twenty years old. Mounika is a home maker, cleaning the home and taking care of her family. She and her husband have one young son, who is two, and they live in the Warangal district of Telangana State. Mounika's husband works as a car driver and the income he earns is just not enough to make ends meet...Read more
October 06, 2016
Editor's Note: OP Regional Project Manager, Tim Daniell, was recently in Thailand to celebrate the graduation of six families from our 18 month Keeping Families Together program. He shares his experience below. God is a father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, and He sets the lonely in families. Psalm 68:5-6 is one of my favorite passages in the Bible. It reveals God’s heart for the lonely and broken. It also gives some insight into His design and intent for family to be a place of love and nurture for children, and a place of forgiveness and belonging for those who choose to be...Read more
September 26, 2016
Kristina and her family live in a village not far from Berdyansk in the South of Ukraine. The living conditions of the people there are poor and there are very few jobs. The children love their mother and help her as much as they can with the family farm, in order for the family to survive. Kristina's son Viktor and his elder brother Pasha, were born with cleft lips, which caused many issues for the young boys. Viktor suffered even more than his elder brother. He couldn’t talk or eat properly and he was embarrassed for other people to see him, so he hid his face from them. He spent a lot of...Read more
September 23, 2016
One of the most inspiring things about having ongoing work in countries around the world, is getting to see the transformation in the lives of our young people take place over time. I first met Arpine and twin sisters Lena and Milena on a visit to Armenia in 2014. At the time, the 3 young teens were students of our training center in Mrgashat, Armenia, and all were eager to practice their English skills with me, the American who was paying them a visit! They glowed as they practiced their English and shared with me the things that the OP sponsored training center was instilling in them. Words...Read more
September 11, 2016
Editor's Note: Names & identities in this blog have been changed for confidentiality reasons. Imagine being only five years old and getting locked up every school day in a tiny room, all alone, for a whole year! That was the reality for Lah, a young boy from a very poor family in Laos. Lah was abandoned by his mother. His father was a construction worker and sent Lah away to live in a large city with his 17 year old uncle. Each day when Lah’s uncle went to school, he would lock Lah up alone in their small rented room. He wanted to keep Lah safe, but he also wanted to finish his schooling...Read more
August 31, 2016
Karen Springs, OP's Project Manager for Eastern Europe and CIS Countries reports from the field on an exciting project 10 years in the making! This month we had the honor of cutting the ribbon and dedicating a project that has been many years in the making! What began as the vision of one pastor and then was set in motion through the offering of a widow, has resulted in a special oasis where people of all ages will encounter the Lord. 8 years ago Pastor Yuriy was running a children’s home in Transnistria and had the vision of acquiring a bigger building in order to bring in more children. He...Read more

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