Dear Friend of the Fatherless,
The holiday season from Christmas to New Years brings about thoughts of birth and renewal. We reflect upon the new covenant, plus look ahead to the changes and promises that the next twelve months might offer.
The time is punctuated with resolutions and hope. For many of us, that means drastic changes or commitments. For some of us, it means picking our lives and spirits up from the rubble of circumstances and tragedies that temporarily got the best of us.
In that vein, I’d like to share some reflections that I’ve had over this season.
The first set refers to the third anniversary of the South Asian Tsunami. I’d like to introduce you to one child and show you how one of our church-based homes stood ready to not only take him in, but expand to give other orphaned children hope for a new future.
The second set is more personal. It shares further on the progress of my dear friends, the Ochoa family. David and Rhonda Ochoa lost their daughter, Talitha, to cerebral malaria earlier this year while serving children’s ministries in Uganda. They now have a new baby and have moved to Colorado to join World Orphans. It’s certainly a time of new birth and new purpose for them. I think their story will serve as a good example and inspiration to you.
The third set gives you a pictorial update on the opening of the World Orphans’ Iraq office. This serves as yet another illustration of fantastic new beginnings filled with great hope and possibility. Please rejoice with us as we pioneer the work for orphans in this conflict-torn country...giving them new families, new legacies.
THREE YEARS LATER
Part One – Death on the shores; Hope across the street
Part Two – Fire and water, one boy becomes a full orphan
Part Three – A new home and a new future
PERSEVERANCE & FAITHFULNESS
Part One – A time of healing and transition
Part Two – Of Christmas delayed
Part Three – Words of wisdom born by pain
WORLD ORPHANS IN IRAQ
Spirit of 1776 – Now tangible: A new hope for Iraq’s orphans
More from Iraq – A trinity of languages to introduce The Trinity of love
From all of us here at World Orphans, we wish you a very blessed 2008, filled with new purpose and promise.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support.
Until They All Have Homes,
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