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Your Special Needs Ministry

Your Special Needs Ministry Through Orphan Voice

Thank you, Orphan Voice partners. You show true love to those who cannot walk, to those who cannot hear and to those who cannot see.

In August’s newsletter, we highlight the special needs ministry that we have been blessed with. Enjoy!

To Children Who Are Physically Challenged:

Social services in the Vietnamese countryside are not developed enough to provide therapy centers for special needs children. And poor families can’t travel to large cities where therapy services are available. As a result, cerebral palsy children are often left alone during the day as both parents work. These children normally lie in bed all day, with limbs increasingly drawing up and growing stiff. That’s just the way life is.

Orphan Voice partners have changed all that for 75 families in rural Phu Ninh District. Children who couldn’t walk now walk! Dozens others have made huge developmental gains, such as learning to feed themselves. Imagine yourself a mom whose child has never eaten unless you fed her – and then she learns to feed herself – imagine your joy!

Therapists continue work with these 75 families and we’re reaching out to 100 other special needs children who don’t have therapy or hope!

Can you help us? They need you! To support Orphan Voice’s outreach to special needs children, donate HERE or mail your support to Orphan Voice, P.O. Box 910410, Lexington, Kentucky 40591.

In August’s newsletter, we highlight the special needs ministry that God has given us. Enjoy!


“Bao” (in orange pants) wasn’t able to walk when he came to the Center, but through Grace and hard work, he learned to walk. He’s now the Center’s greatest encourager. Here he encourages “Khanh”

To Cleft Lip Children:

Among the rural poor, a child born with a cleft lip may not receive corrective surgery. Why not? Some village leaders counsel parents to forego surgery fearing that the correction will “temp the fate” which caused the child to be born that way. Others simply don’t have the money or know where to obtain help.

For these children, Orphan Voice removes the barriers that keep parents from obtaining their child’s needed surgery. We pay the hospital fee, provide transportation to and from the hospital. In cases of extreme need, we pay for the child’s food while in the hospital.

We can’t do it without you. Your gift to correct a cleft lip or palate will change one life. Changing one life is a good day’s work! To help a child receive life-changing surgery, donate HERE or mail your support to Orphan Voice, P.O. Box 910410, Lexington, Kentucky 40591.

To Those Who Can’t Walk:

Incredibly, some legless men in the countryside have never owned a wheelchair! Many take blocks of wood, attach handles to the top, position themselves with one block in each hand, lift their trunks up and “walk” with their arms (see the video below). There’s a better way!

Orphan Voice distributes PET carts (personal energy transportation) carts. The cart’s power comes from the driver’s arms.

PET carts greatest benefit is that they enable the handicapped to make more money. The handicapped often sell lottery tickets or mobile phone cards. Without the cart, they would go to “their corner” in the village and sell their cards to passersby during the day. With a PET cart, they move to where the people are during the day. They become self-supporting!

Would you like to help a handicapped person today? To give the gift of mobility, donate HERE or mail your support to Orphan Voice, P.O. Box 910410, Lexington, Kentucky 40591.

To Deaf Children:

Countryside children born deaf don’t attend public schools.  Why not?  Public schools don’t have signing teachers. As a result, countryside deaf children grow up unable to sign or communicate and unable to read, write or compute basic math.  Their job prospects are bleak as they enter adulthood and they become sullen and angry.

Orphan Voice’s New Beginnings School for the Deaf has changed that scenario for 9 deaf children.  For these children, christian teachers teach math, reading, writing and character.  The children learn, they communicate with others and they flourish!  The families give God the glory.

New Beginnings School for the Deaf exists because of you!  You are a vital key to continued ministry to these children.  Can you  help today?  To help give a deaf child a future and hope, donate HERE or mail your support to Orphan Voice, P.O. Box 910410, Lexington, Kentucky 40591.

End Modern Day Slavery

It’s time for Orphan Voice’s Enduring Voices 100 mile run! Support Craig’s team as they raise awareness and funds to end the evil of sexual slavery. Donate HERE to fight!

The Least of MINE

No More Waiting

Thu (above) can surely be considered as one of “the least of these.”

When I visited Thu’s house on April 18th, when I heard her cry out in pain when moved, when I saw her bony arms and legs, barriers to action (to be explained) in my heart fell away. The thought came: “we can’t wait any longer.”

You see, for the past two years, rural families in six districts with children like Thu have implored us to help. Desperately wanting to do so, we’ve sent funding proposals for the past year to foundations seeking support to open a new therapy center. No foundation could help.

Because no foundation provided support, I allowed that perceived financial barrier to keep us from helping “the least of His.”

Those barriers fell away when I saw Thu. They fell away because His compassion in us finally overcame all reasons not to act. We can and we will!

Will you pray with us for His provision? He has already answered in part. Caroline Mrowiec is a young occupational therapist living in Waco, Texas who has been called to move to Vietnam and help these children. She’s raising funds to come and donate her skills two years.

You, our partners, are faithful and sacrificial givers. Thank you! Please continue your support.

Do you know of others who can help us start a new therapy center? Some can invest $500 without stress; others without stress can invest $10,000; there are some who can fund the therapy center outright. Are you that person? If now, can you pass this need along to another who can?

To minister to Thu and other special needs children, donate HERE to make your donation online or mail your support to Orphan Voice, P.O. Box 910410, Lexington, Kentucky 40591 to give by check.

If you would like more information regarding the therapy center, e.g. therapy equipment needed, the number of children to be served, etc., email tony.brewer@orphanvoice.org.

Thank you!

Enduring Voices 2016

We made it!

The Enduring Voices team is tired, sore, beat up and bruised, but unbroken and grateful.  We are grateful we had physical and emotional strength for the journey, for the beauty of “the least of these” who we met as we ran, for the mutual help given and friendships developed among team members (common suffering will do that!) and for creation’s natural beauty that welcomed us along the way.

In all, Enduring Voices 2016 was a 101 mile course starting out in the Highlands of Vietnam running toward the East Sea.  The team ran/walked for 22 hours over the three days and experienced over 20,000 feet of elevation change–up down a hill– again and again.

We finished–appropriately–at a school.  Several hundred greeted us.  Click here to see us with the children when we finished the  run.  Don’t miss their smiling faces!  That made it all worthwhile!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3QK5AgVMG0

Quotable Quotes

“It was both incredibly brutal and incredibly rewarding.  Sign me up for next year.” – Bill Chapman, Australia

“We suffer now so that the children will not suffer later.” – Gerald High, South Africa
“The rescued run so that children will be rescued.” – Craig Reed, America
(A standing joke among us) – “It’s only 2 kilometers more.” – Bui Van Duc, Vietnam

Many of you have supported Enduring Voices already. Thank you!  You encouraged us and strengthened us.  If you have not yet sowed into the lives of “the least of these”  through Enduring Voices, would you help us reach our $50,000 fundraising goal?   To do that, Donate Here.  Or mail your support to Orphan Voice, P.O. Box 910410, Lexington, Kentucky 40591.

God bless you,

Tony and Cindy

Enduring Voices 100 Mile Run across Vietnam

Join us in our annual Enduring Voices run across Vietnam!

Enduring Voices 100 Mile Run – 2016 will be completed from October 4-6.  Our runners will start at Cinnamon Top, a remote mountain near the Laotian border in the central highlands of Vietnam.  We will finish near the China Sea, a distance of 100 miles across Quang Nam Province, the entire width of central Vietnam!  Along the way, we will pass through numerous villages, orphanages, and schools, visiting the children of Vietnam along the way.  We have room for individual runners and relay teams, but each must be able to run 33 miles per day for three consecutive days.

New this year is a Simul-Run!  Runners who wish to participate, but aren’t able to travel to Vietnam, can accumulate miles between September 30 and October 6.

We aim to raise $50,000 this year, and ask that individuals raise support through our fundraising page.  Whether you will be in Vietnam, or running at home, we appreciate your dedication and support!

In addition to the 100 mile run in Vietnam we are expanding Enduring Voices to include a Simul-Run for people who want to participate in the run but can’t travel to Vietnam.  So people can participate in the run in 3 ways:

Runners in Vietnam can participate as individuals (run the whole 100 miles over the three days) or participate as a relay, which will allow even the most modest of runners to join. If they can’t travel to Vietnam, they can participate in the Simul-Run! This run will allow them to participate wherever they are – for as many miles as they decide, from Oct 1-6.

Individuals or teams can register for the event, either in-person (Vietnam) or the Simul-Run at no cost, then set up their fundraising page.   They can then share their fundraising page on facebook, twitter, and by email.  Anyone can show their support by making a contribution on one of the runners pledge pages.

To register to participate: https://www.runreg.com/enduring-voices-2016

To make a contribution to support: https://www.pledgereg.com/enduring-voices-2016  They can select to support an individual runner or team or make a general contribution to Enduring Voices.

Enduring Voices Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/promiserun/

For people wanting more information regarding the Simul Run they can contact Jeff at jtkach@woh.rr.com.

Because That’s Where They Are!

Ha Giang Province,  the northernmost part of Vietnam, is a place where tigers live.  It’s also a place where very poor people live, many from minority tribes.   These people live largely in the forests where they trap, hunt and plant where they can.

After completing elementary school, minority students move to boarding schools in larger towns to attend junior high.  The boarding schools are functional orphanages with the children returning home only a few times each year to see their parents.  Recently, an Orphan Voice Relief Team went to 10 of those junior high boarding schools and their 731 precious children.

As a result of that scouting trip and finding needy children, an Orphan Voice team delivered 731 pairs of new shoes. Have you ever fitted 731 children for shoes? Now imagine buying those shoes in one town, then transporting them 200 miles through 6,500 foot mountains to reach the children. Thankfully, through the teachers’ careful measuring of feet on one end, and the careful buying of shoes on the other, Orphan Voice staff put 1,462 new, warm shoes on those precious feet!

Narrow, muddy roads made five of the schools accessible only by motorbike. It was hard to get there, but our partners sent us and we are very glad to go!.  But Orphan Voice had no choice but to go, because children were in need. Going is what Orphan Voice partners expected us to do.

In the Highlands in the winter, the temperature falls to below freezing. Children often have poor (or no) shoes and they needs coats.  If you would like to provide a child a heavy winter coat and good winter shoes, you can do so for $20 per child.  To do so, click here!

Faces and Feet

 

 

When I saw the contrast between their faces and feet, I couldn’t help it.  “We will …. ”  But first, let me give you some background:

In Ha Giang Province, a mountainous region that borders China, neither homes nor schools have heat.  In response to a request from the Provincial Education Department, an Orphan Voice scout team visited the Province in the early winter. It was 29 degrees Farenheit on the morning of the team’s visit.  The Ha Giang economy is a semi-barter one, with many families trading vegetables, which they have grown, for their neighbor’s meat, which they have hunted or raised.

Secondary school children go to boarding schools located in larger towns, usually far away from the children’s villages. The deep, ragged valleys and lack of roads don’t permit easy travel.  As a result, the schools double as orphanages.  Kids visit their homes during the summer and school holidays.  The scout team investigated several facilities that day.

The children were cold. Most had runny noses. The scout team recommended to Orphan Voice’s central office that we provide winter coats immediately.  Thereafter, a second Orphan Voice team soon departed Hanoi with 350 good quality, heavy coats and some thermal pants.

That’s when I noticed the contrast between their faces and feet.  Their faces beamed with smiles, but most of their feet were wet, cold, and partially exposed to the weather.Their plastic slippers had an open, mesh pattern.  For many, the low temperatures caused the plastic to harden and crack–and the children’s feet were cut or rubbed raw–some with visible infection.  More from the heart than from the head, I immediately said: “We’ll return with good shoes and socks for all the children.”  We were able to do that!

Like me, look at those faces and look at those feet.  The picture here is representative of children living in the Highlands every winter.  We do have the opportunity to participate in His work to bless “the least of these.” $20 will purchase a good quality, winter coat and shoes.  To make a designated gift for shoes or a general donation, click here. 

How Do You Measure Inner Healing?

A HAPPY REPORT

An orphanage is not plan A for children ~ parents are.  But in some cases when a child has no parents, an orphanage is the best option to provide for that child’s safety and care.  Promise House Group Home is such a place of safety for children like Dung.

Dung’s father abandoned his family when she was eight years old.  His leaving, and the loss of his salary, brought biting poverty to Dung, her mom and a younger sister.  At times, the three were forced to beg for food.  And it got worse.  Men forced themselves upon her mother, and at times, attempted to force themselves upon young, pretty Dung.  At night, Dung’s mom slept near her daughters with a knife under her pillow.  More than once men tried to break into the house.  Thankfully for Dung, no man abused her.

In 2010, Dung’s mom situation became so difficult that she petitioned the government to place Dung in an orphanage.

And that’s how Dung came to Promise House Group Home.  It was more than she could have imagined or hoped for.  Suddenly, she had plenty of food, nice clothes, a good bed, and friends.  She could go to school.  Her outward needs were met.

But what of her inner needs – the “difficult-to-get-at ones?”  To buy food is easy.  To deal with inner hurts is another matter.  What about her feeling of not being loved? What of those lingering fears because of the nights men tried to break into her house?  What of the insecurity in her life because of her need to beg for food in those early years?

There is good news! Love restores!

How does one measure whether restoration is happening? We think one way is school performance.  Remember, children who have suffered like these children normally do poorly in school.  They probably missed many school days before coming to Promise House.  Even if they attended school regularly, they would have been plagued by fears, undernourishment and insecurity.

We are happy to report that in a  recent grading period, many Promise House children raised their grade point average by a full grade!  C’s became B’s. B’s became A’s.  (A few D’s became C’s!)  Why the improvement?  We think that a major reason is that they feel more secure.  They feel safe.  Accordingly, they are free to prosper!

Promise House Group Home is not fully sponsored.  We need child sponsors or others who want to designate significant gifts to provide for these children.  Please help us by donating  here, or send your gift to our mailing address below.

Orphan Voice
P.O. Box 910410
Lexington, KY 40591
866-377-4928

First Time To The Dentist

Friendship Team Blesses Children in Remote Province


Treating a young patient

Dr. Ralph Thacker is the first dentist that most of the Tay Giang children have ever seen.  For several days, Dr. Thacker’s team saw child after child for examinations, teeth cleaning, and treatment.

In all, about 350 children, teachers and villagers received dental care. Forty children had a tooth pulled (they were brave about any discomfort or fear–and very appreciative of the excellent care!). All the children received a new toothbrush, tooth paste and dental floss.

Over and over, the children had one message to pass along to the dentist…and to you–the ones who sent the team from Danang to Tay Giang: “Thanks for helping us!”

Sharing your skill is a wonderful way to bless people.  Would you like to do so?  If you would like to bless “the least of these” on a friendship team, email maria.lester@orphanvoice.org.

Orphan Voice Rejoices Over News of Trafficking Rescues

Child Sex Trafficking Rescue: FBI Saves 105 Victims in ‘Operation Cross Country’

Posted: 07/29/2013 10:57 am EDT

The FBI has rescued 105 child sex-trafficking victims, FBI Assistant Director Ronald Hosko announced Monday.

The youngest of the rescued children was 9 years old, according to Reuters.

One underage victim told officials she became involved with prostitution when she was 11, according to CNN.

“Many times the children that are taken in in these types of criminal activities are children that are disaffected, they are from broken homes, they may be on the street themselves,” FBI Acting Executive Assistant Director Kevin Perkins said, according to the network. “They are really looking for a meal, they are looking for shelter, they are looking for someone to take care of them.”

Another victim, identified as “Alex,” told interviewers she became a prostitute at the age of 16, when she felt she had no other options to feed and clothe herself.

For full story and video, click here:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/29/child-sex-trafficking-rescue-fbi-announcement_n_3670749.html

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