Across the Globe in a Week

Across the Globe in a Week

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.

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Beach, Beach, Let’s Go to the Beach!

Beach, Beach, Let’s Go to the Beach!

Our recent trip to Haiti had a rather unexpected final day.  The last day of the week is typicallyCoast 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

Fluid-The New Flexible

Fluid-The New Flexible

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

Yes! Yes! Yes!

Yes! Yes! Yes!

“PIE-purr. PIE-purr. PIE-purr.”

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.

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Meet the Alexander Family

Meet the Alexander Family

Before August, we had received 10 applications for our Adoption Grant Program. We aren’t sure what happened, but in August we started receiving multiple applications a week. By the end of the year, we received a total of 71 applications! We were able to give out 40 grants last year, and several applications from last year are still being reviewed. Already in the first week of January, we have received 3 more applications. read more

Why “Orphan Sunday”?

Why “Orphan Sunday”?

This coming Sunday is officially “Orphan Sunday.”  Last fall, I heard a little bit about this event, but I really had no idea what it was or even why it existed.  I knew that there was an orphan crisis, but I had little knowledge beyond the general existence of orphans.  Since I began working with Families Outreach, I have been overwhelmed by the facts and affected by the reality of orphans. read more

Recent Adoption Discussion

Narnia & Adoption

Narnia & Adoption

Today, I have two apparently random thoughts – adoption & the wisdom of Mr. Beaver.  Sometimes the randomness of my brain is acute, but indulge me for a couple of paragraphs.  I think there’s a point at the end (plus some Narnia quotes, which are always nice). read more

Haiti Mission Team

Haiti Mission Team

 

My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.                    -John 14:2-3 read more

Haiti in Pictures