Tag Archives: orphan care

Heroes.

8 Jun

Today, two men are being heroes to the discarded.

He could be sitting in an office today. But he's making kids smile instead.

In Texas, Brad Rock is teaching kids in foster care and kids with special needs how to waterski and wakeboard at a wonderful camp called Skiin’ with the Galilean.

He may think he's a nerd. But he's really Superman.

In Uganda, working with Arise Africa, Ryan Nowakowski has just configured an orphanage in Bukaleba for wireless internet access.

Yeah, heroes don’t have to wear capes in order to change the world.

Know people who are changing the world? We’d love to meet them!

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To my friend, the thief.

3 Jun

True confession: Courtney is a thief – of hearts and of stuff. And this is a post about stuff. Continue reading

A Life Changed.

2 Jun

This morning, I ran. I should say, I attempted to run. And then I received the link to this video. I ended up standing in the middle of the road, bawling like a baby. If you would like to join GuateTeam on its next adventure, reach out to Orphan Outreach. We’d love to have you join our family.

Thank you, Amy Hobbs, for creating this video.

~Ronne

You Bring – Love (second in a series)

1 Jun

There’s nothing like watching someone fall in love. Amy Hobbs did just that in Guatemala. The object of her affection? Read on and you’ll meet him. If you’d like to read more of Amy’s stories, you can visit her blog, Living Out Loud. And if you’d like to learn more about sponsorship of some precious orphans in Guatemala, reach out to Orphan Outreach.

On Thursday, I had been assigned the job of helping paint the ceiling in one of the boys’ rooms at Cerecaif. Adriana had drawn stars, the moon, a rocket ship and the star of the show, an astronaut. So we began painting the celestial oasis.

Love at first sight.

Sitting on the corner of a bottom bunk, flipping through the pages of a tiny New Testament, was Armando. Continue reading

Sweet Moments – Little Samantha (guest post)

30 May

Ashley Davidson is a student at Texas Tech. Her ever-present laughter and beautiful sense of wonder are captivating, and she is truly a “kid magnet.” You can read more of Ashley’s observations about love and life on her blog, Love Encounters.

I just might have to blog twice today. lots of time, quiet time and lots of goodness. But first I want you to meet Samantha.

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Home is Where Your Heart Is… (guest post)

28 May

Kylie McCracken is from Land o’Lakes, Florida, where she serves as Student Ministry Director at The North Pointe Church. We were honored to have her on our GuateTeam – her quiet spirit and tender smile were like good medicine as the days grew long. You can read more of her thoughts at LiveLoveServe. 

I’ve been on many mission trips before, even international. And I’ve done quite a bit of travelling. I’ve spent time meeting new people, seeing different cultures and seeing God at work in different parts of the country and the world. I think all of that is why I haven’t yet figured out why my week in Guatemala has had such an impact on me. Continue reading

You Bring – Family

19 May

Sometimes, girls just want to be girls. They want to listen to music and dance. They want to giggle about boys. They want to bake cookies, make beautiful things with their hands, braid hair, and talk about what life will look like when they grow up.

Today, in a transition home tucked away on a quiet cobblestone street in Antigua, girls got to be girls.

Evita's girls, posing for special pictures on their "girls day."

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You Bring – Hope.

17 May

Hope is that thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops… at all.  ~Emily Dickinson

In October of 2010, a brave woman named Evita quietly shared her dream. “I want people of God to come and teach my girls. I want the girls to have job skills. I want the girls to know how to make good decisions. I want my little moms to know how to be the best moms.” Today, she admitted she didn’t think anyone would really want to take the time. “When I got the phone call that your team wanted to teach my girls, I knew God heard my prayer. I wanted to scream ‘yes!’ even before I was asked if it would be OK. I had hoped and hoped someone would come, and here you are.” Continue reading

Knot.

27 Mar

“If I could break you know I’d break. If I could bend, I’d bend to become the knot that holds you up. I’d mend you.” ~Amy Courts, Hold You Up

Labels (part one).

27 Feb

This is part one of a two-part post.

Double-orphan.

Gary Schneider, founder of Every Orphan’s Hope, used the term at IdeaCamp: Orphan Care in talking about programs to care for kids with HIV/AIDS in Africa. Though I understand the term – it means the child has no mother or father – it lands hard on my heart. I fight back tears.

There are so many labels in this whole “orphan care” space. Continue reading