May 2013 Updates
5/23 – Bangkok – On International Women’s Day, an outreach center supported by OP gave gifts to those who are potentially trafficked women from Central Asia. They were thankful to be thought of on this special day and the center hopes to reconnect with them in the future. Breaking the bonds of trafficked women who see no alternative to their lifestyle is very difficult. Please pray that we can make inroads on their behalf.
5/21 – Vietnam – 62 families with special needs’ children were given food parcels and 30 of the families had in-home therapy. Also, 274 youngsters received care by a therapy center supported by OP.
5/20 – Thailand – Orphan’s Promise (OP) held a Child Rights and Protection training day for the Keeping Families Together project participants. Also, there was a seminar on “Financial Management in the Family” where attendees learned about planning, saving money, and keeping household accounts. These training sessions are part of the Orphan’s Promise pro-active approach to help keep children with their families rather than being put into an orphanage.
5/17 – USA – Orphan’s Promise is launching a new Global Initiative in conjunction with Regent University, CBN International and Operation Blessing – it’s called Set Free: Now! and will deal with the increasingly pervasive issue of sex trafficking. This initiative will begin its focus on Brazil as this is the home of the World Cup finals and also the coming Olympics. Large venues like this see a huge spike in trafficking of all kinds, especially children. OP’s part in this will be to help with connecting the churches and using the media to train hotel and entertainment people what to look for, how to deal with it and how to provide the necessary help. Look for more information on this topic on our Home page soon!
5/8 – Russia – Launch of Russia Without Orphans was in April 2012. Since then many different conferences, trainings, seminars, regional and local (various cities in Russia) have been held. March 22-23, 2013 The National Working Conference “Russia without orphans” took place in Moscow. Results- closer cooperation of gov’t, community leaders and church, obvious changes in the orphans stigma amongst the body of Christ- people started to adopt, take kids into foster care. Through partnership with “You Will Be Found” we are working on a national TV program to support adopting families (adoption and post-adoption advice), currently also translating our “Adoption and Foster Care Rx” DVD into Russian to provide as a resource.
5/6 – Liberia – During the visit of an OP team from the USA, CBN Liberia completely renovated the dormitory of ‘Hope in Christ Orphanage’, with about 100 children. The renovation was in the following ways: changing of the ceiling in all the rooms and the hallway, changing of the entire roof, painting of the dormitory, plastering and painting of a four-room school block. Orphan’s Promise also provided 6 double bunk beds and 12 mattresses and bed sheets.
5/6 – Sierra Leone – Orphan’s Promise has built an orphanage in this very poor country. We are now committed to build a small library – education is the key to change.
Sierra Leone is a country where:
2 in every 3 adults are illiterate and
nearly 1 in every 2 lack access to clean water.
April 2013 Updates
4/29 – Rwanda - The kids are from Rwanda and we sent a young student from Regent on a missions trip there to hold Vacation Bible school and to teach bible lessons. We also provided some humanitarian support and hygiene items. I just love those smiles……..
4/25 – Kenya – OP is making a difference in Kenya. This is our Darko Orphan Project. We are providing health screenings, medicines, monthly nutrition and education to these children and we’re also getting ready to install a well for this village. Our ministry partner who runs this orphanage is also hoping to build a school for these children. Who can resist faces like these?
4/25 – Liberia – During the visit of an OP team from the USA, CBN Liberia completely renovated the dormitory of ‘Hope in Christ Orphanage’, with about 100 children. The renovation was in the following ways: changing of the ceiling in all the rooms and the hallway, changing of the entire roof, painting of the dormitory, plastering and painting of a four-room school block. CBN also provided 6 double bunk beds and 12 mattresses and bed sheets.
4/22 – Thailand - OP and one of our partners in the field held a very successful Drug Prevention Outreach along with local church volunteers at a school in Thailand.
About 350 students attended the outreach show. Twelve of the students were Christian—the rest were non-Christian. The fun, interactive “edutainment” show was a big hit with the students who learned a chant with hand movements: “I am wise, I am strong, I am free, I stay away from drugs!” At the school’s request, a Christian version of this program was also presented and after the show students were invited to receive Jesus into their lives. Even though this village was resistant to Christianity, 50 students made decisions for Christ.
4/19 – China - Orphan’s Promise has been asked to help build a new school along with the help of donors from Hong Kong in a new transformational village in Guizhou Province. There is a local church and the village is about 80% Christian. Improvements have been made in the village by CBN but they only have small, old buildings for three classrooms; meanwhile, there are about 150 students from K-Grade 6. Your support make these dreams become reality!
4/15 – Thailand – A special program that Orphan’s Promise supports is called Keeping Families Together. It is a “proactive” rather than a “reactive” attempt to keep children with their families and out of institutions if at all possible. Recently, we held one of these special teaching days. The topic was “True Love is Sacrifice” which was about what God did for us in sending Jesus to the cross and how He wants us to love one another.
An outreach center in Bangkok supported by OP gave gifts to prostitutes and potentially trafficked foreign women. More people in the area are realizing that this is a safe place that will provide help when needed. Two African women in our care returned home with financial assistance for education and medical fees as well as funds to help them start a small business.
4/12 – Vietnam – Orphan’s Promise provided food parcels to 60 families with special needs children. Also, 25 were given in-home therapy. and 180 youngsters received care at a therapy center supported by OP.
4/11 – China – Praise for an Orphan’s Promise 2-day activity for 30 orphans with the theme, “New Life”.
4/10 – Ukraine – 922 pairs of winter boots were distributed among the needy children living in extreme poverty in villages of Transcarpathia and other regions of Ukraine.
4/8 – Ukraine, Orphan’s Promise provided a seminar on construction of premises for poultry farming and rules of care about poultry, provided on the 22 of March in Mukachevo on the base of “Living God church” in the framework of SEED project. This is part of the ongoing help OP is providing for the various impoverished Gypsy camps.
4/5 – Here and Now – Thanks to all of you who helped us meet our goal to raise $5,000 last month in order to distribute Christian-based materials to hundreds of children in Western Africa. You not only helped us meet the goal – you exceeded the goal! Thanks for caring for helping all those children we serve who deserve something more. If you’re not receiving our e-letter – sign up now! www.orphanspromise.org
4/1 – China - We’re thrilled to report the training for our 3-3-5 Program has had great success in the past year! 110 schools, 19 organizations, 6,751 children, 471 adults. That’s how many places and people OCP’s pilot project has impacted in one year. From April 2012 to March 2013 OCP’s two dedicated workers carried out this project. Often travelling long distances by motorcycle, they shared the “3-3-5” messages that teach children how to protect themselves from sexual abuse. Funded by Orphan’s Promise and facilitated by the Primary Education Service Area Office, the project aimed to deliver the training to as many schools in the educational district as possible in the one-year period. The requests were almost more than these two amazing trainers could handle! What a witness this work has been, and we pray that the messages will be spread – from child to child, as well as from teachers who participated in “training of trainers” workshops.