We are very happy to announce some opportunities to do ministry in areas where we are supporting orphan care. Our friends at World Orphans are offering Journey Trips in 2015 to Guatemala, Ethiopia, and South Africa. If these deadlines are approaching too quickly, Journey Trips are offered multiple times throughout the year. Here are the links to the upcoming trips:
The following is a guest blog written by one of our grant families this year, Josh and Kristi Ausbrooks. Caring for the fatherless, loving the unloved, becoming a family, is picture of what God does for each us. Please read the Ausbrooks’ story. Rejoice with them and pray for the other families who are currently in the process of grafting a new branch onto their family tree. We are humbled and blessed to have been a small part of their story and the story that God is doing in countless families around the world. read more
The following is a post that my wife Cassie recently wrote on our family blog, about our son Henry’s fourth birthday. It’s hard to remember life before our trip to Ethiopia to bring him home. It was a nice personal reminder for me of how adoption has changed our lives for the better. Hope you […]
Hello Everyone! I would like to introduce myself. My name is Martha Edmondson and I am the Director of Mobilization here at Families Outreach. God blessed me with the opportunity to come on staff with Families Outreach back in May and I am so thankful! I am married to a man who loves the LORD and have a beautiful 10-month-old daughter. God continues to prove his faithfulness to me over and over. read more
2013 has been a tremendous year for the Families Outreach grant program. We prayed that we would be able to help more couples this year in bringing home their children and this prayer has been answered many times over. We are anticipating at least a sixty percent increase of grants awarded over our 2012 total. We are overwhelmed by how great this growth is and how this program continues to grow.
Unfortunately we are approaching the limit of our grant budget for this year and will cease processing new grants for this year on September 6, 2013. read more
Families Outreach has a team of six men setting out tomorrow on a trip across the globe in a week. Our director Jon and five others are heading out on a double vision trip to Ethiopia and China. Ok maybe not all the way across the globe, but close enough! They will be visiting potential sites for our Orphan Care Program to begin supporting in Addis Abba and Beijing.
Our recent trip to Haiti had a rather unexpected final day. The last day of the week is typically set aside for sight seeing, a trip up into the mountains or a day at the beach. It’s like a reward day for the team’s hard work throughout the rest of the week. Our team was planning a beach day at Wahoo Bay. It sounded like a really nice resort-it even has real sand shipped in! read more
In August of 2012, we took our first mission team to Alex’s House Orphanage in Haiti. Our team of 15 worked closely with Bill Howard, the orphanage founder and director, during our week of construction. Bill is a wise man of the Lord. He left the church he was pastoring in South Carolina to devote his time to serving the street children of Haiti. Our time with Bill brought many lessons and new insights; however, one has stuck more vividly than any other- “you must be fluid”.
Woody is one of the sweet gems rescued by Alex's House. Our team will get to love on him next week!
Bill explained the necessity of being fluid during our first evening devotional. As a seasoned missionary, I had “you must be flexible” practically tattooed on my forehead. read more
Several times a day, I would overhear Piper practicing his new name. This was often accompanied by jumping, clapping, laughter, or a delightful combination of all three. I think it is safe to say that out of all the kids we were privileged to name, Piper was the most excited about his new name.
My heart broke a little when I first met Peter. His hands were twisted and he had to use a lot of energy to be able to move his arms more than a couple of inches. Later, I saw that there was something wrong with his feet, but not as severe as his hands. Another name I have always loved is “Peter”. I always related to the big-mouth stubborn version of Peter, but I also admired him as I read through Acts and saw how bold he was for the Gospel during the time of the early church. This little boy chose Peter and I smiled as we marked him down as another student in the “Beginner class” where I was the assistant teacher.