I just spent the past two days in the airport waiting on “standby” for multiple flights. The emotional roller coaster of thinking “we will be able to board”, just to find out that the flight had been cancelled or full was grueling. While in Honduras, I was ALL IN. But when I crossed over onto US soil, mama was ready to get home to her hubby and her children. I had to speak aloud “satan, you will NOT steal my joy. “ I kept telling myself that he is always lurking, to be aware, and that I had on my armor. You know, the armor that only HE can give us to win this battle that we are in EVERY DAY as we follow Christ on His journey that He is setting before us. We battled every day when we were in Honduras. A van full of 9-11 people, I had a list of “to do’s” that I was BOUND AND DETERMINED to get done while I was there. The first few days were LONG. The tiniest task took HOURS. I started thinking that I had been an overachiever in writing my “to do” list. I began to think that there was NO WAY we would get half of my list accomplished. We spent hours in the car going from place to place just to get sent to another place. We sat in restaurants for HOURS just for a simple meal. I was doing my best to transition to “Honduran time” but this mama had MUCH to do. After about day three, I decided to relax and just get done what I could get done. I actually had an “AHA moment” where I […]
Sydney is a wonderful student in our community. She helps us from time to time packaging bracelets or little projects. She truly has a heart to serve, and it has been neat to see the ways God’s used her to help others. Sydney recently went to Uganda with her grandmother to serve for a couple weeks and it was one of the most joyful experiences of her life! And as soon as Sydney returned home, she organized a parent’s day out event at her church. Over 20 students participated in babysitting that day as an act of service. They planned activities that taught the kids about Honduras – sang songs, made crafts, and even ate food that represented the Honduran culture. At the end of the day, this group of teens gave all of the proceeds from babysitting to the 147 Million Orphans ministry in Honduras. Thank you Sydney for sharing your passion to serve with others, and thanks to all the students at Grace Community Church for giving your time to make a difference! It is inspiring to see this generation rise up and serve the Lord and those in need in tangible ways. What is your passion? Will you use it today to make a difference in the life of someone else?
This is Jonathan. He’s a bright, talented kid that lights up a room. Last week he graduated from high school and his friends celebrated with him with great pride at his accomplishments. Jonathan lives in a children’s home in Honduras, where we are honored to serve. And like every child that lives there, they reach this phase of life and begin the process of moving out. This is a vulnerable time for them, with no real support system or family to help them with the transition. But all of that has changed for Jonathan. Meet Lesley, a wonderful mom who’s family traveled to Honduras this past spring. Her family connected in a powerful way with Jonathan, and they felt the Lord tugging at their heart. They knew that Jonathan needed the love and support of a family, even if there was an ocean between their homes. They began talking to Jonathan about his hopes and dreams for the future, and then they began to discuss his need for a college education. The 147 Transition Program allows students like Jonathan to attend college without the pressure of covering their living expenses. They can focus on studies and developing the life skills needed to function outside the walls of a children’s home. And most importantly, they receive the love and mentoring of an American family that is committed to helping them through this process. We can’t wait to see how Jonathan is blessed by Lesley’s family and how much her family is blessed by Jonathan. We are claiming this scripture verse for each student in the transition program, and we ask that you join us in praying for these students. ”For I know the plans that I have […]
November and December are two of my favorite months of the year. I tend to take time to reflect and think about all of the blessings that I have in my life. I spend a lot of time snuggled on my couch watching “the 25 days til Christmas” with my kiddos. While season can be chaotic, I tend to hunker down, shop online, and enjoy my family and the twinkling of my Christmas tree. As I boarded my flight for Honduras I was notified of a message on Facebook. The more I read, the more tears flowed freely. I couldn’t help but think “NOW THIS IS A REASON TO BE THANKFUL.” The message read: I wanted to take a minute and share my family’s story with you . .. as you probably don’t even remember me or know how your journey blessed our own family’s journey. But as you have shared Josie’s story in the hopes that others will step forward, I just remember you saying you have keep those stories that come in that someday you can share with Josie how her precious life has touched so many others.But two years ago at Created for Care I sat next to you at the saturday evening dinner. I didn’t say much, and listened much more . .. but that very weekend I was there wrestling with God over expanding our adoption parameters with include HIV/AIDS. I felt God’s tugging, my husband was very reluctant and fearful and with some recent journeys in our marriage, I was pleading with God to be clear, let my husband lead us and me to surrender regardless. It was all so new and I was quickly realizing how little […]
Brystol Kate turned one this week, and her parents through a party for family and friends. But instead of toys and clothes, they asked their family and friends to donate in her honor to 147 Million Orphans. So this precious child is impacting other children with her birthday! Thank you so much to the Gibby Family for using this celebration for a bigger purpose. You can do the same! Donate your birthday this year and provide food, water and medicine to a child that really needs your help. Click GET INVOLVED on our website for more information. Now this is my kind of party!!
My name is Vallie. My daughter, Addison, and I recently returned from our first mission trip with 147Million Orphans to Honduras. It was a truly amazing experience that neither one of us are soon to forget. There are many moments from our time in Honduras that stand out in my mind and some were almost too big to try and explain with simple words on paper. Don’t get me wrong, I love BIG moments when you can feel the Holy Spirit working but for me, I’ve found that it’s in the little moments when I usually learn the most. On our last day in Mt. Olivos, I had one of those “little moments”. I was on my way to the carpentry shop to join the women’s Bible study when I noticed a woman hanging her wet laundry out on a clothesline. For whatever reason, I felt moved to go help her hang her laundry (something I don’t have do at home thanks to my electric dryer) instead of joining the other women. As I approached, I could tell from her body language that she was a bit leery of my approach. I gestured in a way to ask if it was okay if I helped her hang out the clean clothes. She shrugged her shoulders and shook her head “yes” indicating her acceptance of my help. When I picked up the first wet garment from the five gallon plastic bucket, I was pleasantly surprised at how clean it smelled. It actually smelled fresher than the clothes I take out of my fancy, dancy washing machine at home where I use a cocktail of various liquids and powders striving for that super clean smell! Through more […]
In march, we took our five oldest children to Honduras for spring break. I was SO excited for them to meet the children at Copprome and the families in Mt. Olivos. While they had heard about the drilling of the water well and the building of the houses, i wanted them to SEE what i had been “working” on the past year. Annabelle, Joshua, and MilerAnne had been a part of the fundraiser at school to run and raise funds for the building of their homes in Mt. Olivos. My heart longed for them to see the fruits of their work. While my family was there, each and every one of us were drawn to special young lady named “ Tuta” that was translating for us for the week. She had a timid smile, and upon meeting her, you couldnʼt decide if her physical demeanor was one of timidness or abuse. The days were filled with work and weariness as the week flew by. The last few days, Mike ( my hunka hunka burnin love) made a point to spend extra time with Tuta and hear about the hand that life had dealt her. The details of her life are not ours to share, but after hearing the details of her past, Mike gathered our family together in one of the hotel rooms and shared his plan. Tuta was 18 years old and no longer lived in Copprome. She was on her own, without a plan, money, or place to live. She had even attached a random last name to her social media accounts because she “liked the way it sounded in english.” ( at the time, she was staying with a friend) Mikes plan […]
I think for every person that serves whether it is down the street at the mission or in a 3rd world country there is always a certain person/persons that tugs at your heart a little more that the others. Everyones needs are great, but we often make a connection with a certain smile, a certain story, a certain look in a childs/persons eyes and it is that moment that God takes you deeper. For me this trip it has been sweet amazing little Jenny and her desire to play ball and hug my neck. You see this sweet angel’s mother passed away and her father works many hours, so she stays at Mt. Olivos with her cousin many days. Her eyes have so much kindness in them that I can only describe with the word PURE. I simply want to protect her from any other hurt in her little life. I know her aunt is loving and caring for her. It makes me humbled that God brought us to this village so that one day this aunt could help provide for this sweet child. You remember only a short year ago this village was without clean water, food, and shelter. On this day we are one house away from the village being completely built with a home for each family. The water well is like a joy of spring water !!! Watching the children run when it is turned on simply takes WATER AS LIVING LIFE to a whole new level. There is joy in this village and hope of a bright future. Now when there is a need they help, support, and come together as a community. At bible study yesterday the village leaders […]
My name is Addison Collins and I am very pleased to say that my mother and I are currently on a mission trip to Honduras with 147 Million Orphans. This is my first mission trip outside of the U.S. On this journey, I have seen God in the most wonderful places. I see Him in the beauty of the country, the hearts of the locals, and in the hearts of those I am traveling with. But I especially see God in the faces of the children of the village of Mt. Olivos and Copprome orphanage. I see Him in how they play, their contagious smiles, their enthusiasm and joy for even the smallest things, such as a game of fútbol or a hug. I have felt a special bond with these kids in the days I’ve been here. Even though we come from different cultures and don’t speak the same language, we are all children of God. And I feel that there no end to the amazing things that God is teaching me through these kids. In Mark 10:15 Jesus says, “I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
There is love in the air here in Honduras. The coolest thing to see on this trip is the people returning with us to Honduras on their 2 and 3rd trips with 147. And the WHOLE families that are here serving side by side – dad, mom, & kids. The people and the kids in the village and at Coppereme are over joyed to see friends returning. We are building a kind of trust here that only comes from being HERE and loving the people. Sometimes that LOVE is building a home, feeding a meal, throwing a ball, or just a ride on your back. All these things both big and small open doors for us to tell them about Jesus. It opens up deeper conversations about the depth and width and power of Lord. Seeing all the homes built in the village with their own little fences and finishing touches to make it a home explodes my heart. I remember when the first house was beginning and this was a dream for us to help provide families with a home and a safe place. This SAFE place and SANCTUARY, I fully believe gives families that helping hand needed to remain a family. So many broken families and parents abandoning their children comes from hopelessness. We are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus – we can be that help and love to give them a glimpse of HOPE. Give them an opportunity to STAY, FIGHT, and BUILD A FUTURE. 147 is all about changing children’s lives through food, water, and medicine. Somedays medicine is a home or food is a bowl of rice and beans. The days WATER is Jesus to someone’s […]