Family is Forever

There is no doubt that orphaned children are among the most vulnerable populations on earth. With nearly 160,000,000 children who do not have a family to call their own, it is difficult for anyone to ignore this crisis. 

If all of these children were to come together, they would make up the 10th largest nation in the world. While the scope of this crisis is overwhelming, there is only one organization in existence today with the current global network, number of people, resources, and mission to do something about this tragedy. That organization is the Church.

As Christians, we have a biblical mandate to care for widows and orphans and serve “the least of these.” There are few things that should grieve our hearts more than knowing that there are literally 160 Million children without a forever home, a family, and in many cases, basic needs, clothing, an education, and adult mentors who can share the Love of Christ.

The best case scenario for each one of these children is adoption into a family. I have heard it said that if each church had just one family that could adopt an orphan, we could end the orphan crisis in our lifetime. I also know that there are many more Christians than there are orphans, and for the first time in history, we live in a generation with global communication and networking capabilities to reach out to others hurting on every continent.

Even though the statistics look grim for the vast majority of these children, we will never give up! Serving Orphans Worldwide exists to Rescue, Train, and Sustain struggling homes and connect these children with Christian families when possible. For the 99% of orphans who will not be adopted this year, we want to do everything we can to meet their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs by the time they reach adult-hood.

If you or someone you know is considering adoption, we would love to hear from you and connect you with some resources to help you along your journey. There is nothing more rewarding than putting the power of possibility into the hands of a child so that they can reach the potential that God has for them.

No Longer Forgotten

Ten-year-old Han Li was living on the streets with complete strangers in northeastern China this time last year. Her mother and father fled North Korea into China with Han in 2015 and later, her parents were captured by the Chinese immigration police known as “Gong-An” and taken back to North Korea. The sad reality is that Han is just one of thousands of orphaned North Korean children now living under the radar in China and nearly all of their deported parents will never be seen or heard from again.

Between 100,000 and 400,000 North Koreans are estimated to be living illegally in northeastern China today with no refugee status or access to any public services and resources. This means no school enrollment for the children or any of the basic rights afforded to many other migrants and refugees throughout the world. As a result, 25,000 children are now de facto oprhans…An estimated 70% of North Koreans living illegally in China are women and a large number were sold to Chinese men by human traffickers.

Getting back to Han, she was literally rescued off the streets by a Chinese good Samaritan working for an agency running a news story on North Korean street children in China. She was brought to Do-Chon orphanage in Yanji-City where she has recently been adopted into a forever home by a local school teacher who volunteers for the home. Han is one of the truly lucky children forgotten and left behind by the North Korean migrant crisis. She is settling in well to her new home and has a bright future ahead of her!

What Legacy Will You Leave? The Surujpaul’s Story

Bless The Children Home in Guyana helps to meet the needs of more than 100 children each year and provides full time care to dozens of orphans. The Surujpauls who helped establish the home have been the directors here for 9 years and will leave a legacy for many generations to come both in their own family and through the families served by their years of service.

Mr. and Mrs. Surujpaul got married at the age of 19, and they were both born in Guyana in the same village. When they got married, Mr. Surujpaul was a school teacher. (A highly coveted and well paying job of that time). However, soon after marriage he felt a call of God on his life to go into full time ministry. He obeyed! Together, he and his wife Sheila started preaching the gospel in the mostly Hindu and Muslim neighborhoods that surrounded their village.

During their life together, they raised 4 children and today are blessed with 4 grandchildren. They stayed in full time ministry for all of the 49 years they have been married. After over a decade of serving in their home country of Guyana, they were led to America to continue raising their family where they became citizens.

After more than 20 years of being in the US, Mrs. Sheila received a dream from God to use a piece of land she purchased from a family member in Guyana to open an orphanage. She was sure that God wanted her to use that specific spot to help hurting children in Guyana find hope and fulfill their purpose in God. She enlisted her family’s help and started the journey to build Bless the Children Home. Her dream for this started in 2005.

With the help of friends, family and complete strangers, the home was built in Guyana completely debt free. In September 2008 they opened the doors to the first set of children. This year will mark 9 years of the home’s service to children of Guyana. During these years we’ve seen many, many, children grow up and are happy they had a second chance in life.

In late 2015 Ms. Sheila was diagnosed with stage 3-4 peritoneal cancer. She was scheduled for surgery to remove what they thought was “some” cancer on her ovaries. When the surgeon went in to do surgery, there was cancer on every organ in her abdomen area. She was sent for chemo and further treatment, but in spite of the bad news, Ms. Sheila knew that her time was not over on this earth and that there was much more work to be done. So, she prayed and believed God for a complete healing and restoration. Miraculously, the cancer is gone and she no longer has to go through treatments or surgeries! We continue to thank God for her complete healing and restoration. Since that time, she has gone back to Guyana to live and serve the children. Together her and her husband help provide a stable mom and dad figure for the children. They call Rev. Surujpaul “uncle pastor” and fondly refers to her as mom or Ms. Sheila.

The children and staff of the home are truly grateful for her generosity and for her perseverance to fulfill God’s instruction to her to build a home for children. She did all of this with the full help and support of her husband who she had been supporting in ministry for years and years.

In Guyana she is known as “mom to many.”

Bless The Children Home is grateful to have such a godly heritage, and Serving Orphans Worldwide considers it a privilege to partner with them to impact the lives of more orphaned children in Guyana. Your financial support is a very big part of our operations and helping to care for these beautiful children. We thank you for your continued support.

 

Featured Prayer Needs

There are so many opportunities to partner with Serving Orphans Worldwide in prayer this year, and we wanted to share a few recent needs from last month’s report:

City of Hope (Kalamusu Kadella ), Sri Lanka

City of Hope Orphanage is one of the few SOW covenant homes located in an area that is more hostile to Christian ministries. Each month, they face some level of persecution and their immediate needs include urgent van repairs.

 

Agape Hope Center, Kenya

Agape is one of the larger orphanages in Kenya and they have many children who come from the slums. Their most pressing need this month is 20 new bunk beds…While their capacity is growing and they have a lot of support, the needs are greater and there are so many more kids they could help.

 

Chiang Rai Children’s Home, Thailand

Pray for the children from prison who need to be taken care of in a more unique way. The staff teaches them about how much God loves them, but some of the children need some professional care and counseling to help them walk through their trauma and attachment issues. In the school, many students ask kids who were born in the prison about their parents, and that is the most difficult part for them to answer. Pray that this year would be a year of healing for them in Christ Jesus.

 

Sails of Hope Orphanage, Ukraine

Please keep in your prayers little Renat. Since his father’s death during the war, Renat has had trouble sleeping. He refuses to sleep without his older brother, Sergej. Even then, Renat wakes up several times during the night and wakes up his brother as well. While 3-year-old Renat can catch up on sleep during the day, Sergej is older and must go to school. Sergej is becoming sleep deprived, and has difficulty concentrating on schoolwork.

New Year, New Opportunities, and New Needs

As 2016 came to a close and people gathered with family and friends around the world to celebrate the coming of a new calendar year, many goals and resolutions were written down in journals, entered into smart phone apps, or spoken out loud.

For many of us, these will be about how much weight we will lose, how much money we will save, and what awesome trips we will take. While we wish everyone the best in the coming year, and we pray that you have the opportunity to accomplish everything you set out to accomplish this year, we also want to take this opportunity to invite you to do something extraordinary that will have an eternal impact.

There were about 160 million orphaned children around the world who looked up at the same night sky you did on December 31st. Some of them dreamed about being held by their mother and father one day. Many of them dreamed about wearing the same clothes as their friends at school and having the same opportunities to go to college and pursue a career. Countless others woke up January 1st thinking about how they were going to get basic provisions for that very day (Not having the luxury of dreaming about possibilities for the new year).

As you dream of ways to make positive changes in 2017, don’t forget about your own faith and helping others. In fact, there is nothing more rewarding in this life than showing the real love of Jesus Christ to others who desperately need it. Growing in your own faith in 2017 can be about so much more than reading a few more books, attending a few more church services, or chasing the next experience. God’s word tells us that to get back to the basics and really understand what pure religion and faith is all about, we need to look outside of ourselves and find ways to help others…

James 1:27 – Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.

Serving Orphans Worldwide has many opportunities for you to get involved in 2017, and we are excited about creating lasting change in the lives of thousands of children this year!!! If you haven’t already, join our newsletter below this post to stay connected.