Hope Therapy Center

She’s here and we’re excited! Caroline Mrowiec, lead therapist for Orphan Voice’s soon-to-open Hope Therapy Center, arrived in Danang February 17th. She’s anxious to get started.

Caroline comes to us from Illinois by way of Texas. She’s a licensed occupational therapist who will minister to ‘the least of these’ in Dien Ban District for two years. A committed Christian, Caroline loves children and is eager to put her training and skills into practice to change lives.

While she’s purchasing therapy equipment, learning to ride a motorbike in Danang’s crazy traffic, and absorbing the sites and sounds of Danang, construction workers are busy renovating the Hope Therapy Center building.

Hope Therapy Center is not fully funded. Can you help us finish renovations so that we can begin to receive children? Hope’s doors open April 1st. To invest your support, donate HERE.

Special Needs Children Therapy Is Needed

Our burden for countryside special needs children is great, because first, without our intervention, they won’t get better, and second, a little therapy and encouragement make a big difference.

Watch Truc walk on her own (click above). There was a time in her life when she couldn’t walk. It is for children like Truc that Caroline Mroweic came to Vietnam.

And you have a part to play.  To change a life today, donate HERE.

“I Am Loved!”

Orphan Voice staff member, Daisy Tran, recently hosted anti-trafficking seminars for 1900 elementary and junior-high school children. City and District educators prize Orphan Voice’s More Precious Than Gold and Good-Touch, Bad-Touch seminars. Why? Because it is a powerful tool to help them reach their goals. They intend to stop child trafficking in Danang. We are proud to work with them in doing so.

Hear this child’s testimony after hearing Daisy: “I am loved, I am valuable and I am more precious than gold!”

And so she is!  Through these seminars God is helping the young understand how to protect themselves. He is also planting into their hearts that “they are more precious than gold.”  One day, they will hear the name of Jesus – about His love for them – and they will understand fully why they are “more precious than gold.”

Your gifts, which propel our anti-trafficking seminars forward then, are protective of the children and they also act as a pre-evangelism tool – to go before the face of the Lord prepare His way. You’re doing a lot!

So that more children to know that they are “more precious than gold,” donate HERE.

Promise House Testimonies

“Family” was the counseling focus for Promise House children during 2017. Recently, several children wrote their thoughts about family. A child whose rural orphanage closed and who recently came to Promise House wrote:

“Promise House is a place for poor children and orphans. I’m lucky to be here. We’re all different ages and difficult circumstances brought us here, but we all look to a bright future. We tell each other that this is the warmest, happiest family in the world!

Some school mates have made fun of us because we are orphans, but I don’t feel ashamed or hurt because we have mothers. Our mothers are not our birthmothers but they teach us and help us. Sometimes I dream that they are my real mother. I also have 20 brothers and sisters who love, care and help me. I used to think that I was an unlucky girl, but when I came here, that thought disappeared.”

Your ministry to children through Orphan Voice’s various orphan outreaches changes lives! You’re the key! To enable us to reach more of “the least of these,” sow your support HERE.

Children Celebrate Their “Moms” On International Women’s Day

Promise House children expressed love for their “mothers” on International Women’s Day.  Some of the older girls cooked a special meal to celebrate (above) and all wrote a letter their “moms.”

Partial Translation: “We would like to send our mothers a message today.

These are sincere words which we would like to send to you. You play a very important role in our growth. You always remind us of many daily things from washing to learning. You remind us of little things too. You are always there to share happiness and sorrow with us.

We know that you love us like your own children. You always encourage, comfort and love us. Even though we are not your own children we consider you to be our real mothers. We love you!”

To reach ‘the least of these’ through Orphan Voice’s orphan outreaches, donate HERE.

They Came, They Saw, They Loved

Christ’s Love to the Hurting

Hope For The Hurting

Central Vietnam was recently inundated with rain and flooding. Minority people in the Highlands experienced the greatest loss and suffering. The death toll ran to hundreds.

An elderly man walked in the pouring rain looking for shelter. Coming upon a home, he asked to come in. The young husband, his pregnant wife and their young daughter welcomed him. After a meal, they all took their normal afternoon nap. It was a nap from which the elderly man and pregnant mother did not awake.

While they slept, the mountainside gave way and tons of mud covered the house.

A couple of hours later, a neighbor saw smoke rising from the site where the couple’s home had been. He yelled an alarm and neighbors gathered to frantically dig. They rescued the badly hurt husband and his daughter, but the elderly man and the pregnant mom had been crushed.

Jesus comes to the suffering when tragedy strikes and pain is great. A loving hand and a loving touch mean a lot.  Orphan Voice staff, in your stead, went to this devastated family and others like them with hope, love, rice, noodles, blankets and other supplies only hours after their loss. Those items seem so paltry in the face of tragedy, but when delivered in the Love of Christ, they make a huge impact.

While we don’t respond to natural disasters like Typhoon Damrey each day, Orphan Voice staff do reach others each day.  Can you help us continue?  To join us and provide for the hurting, sow your support HERE.

Covenant Life Ministries

They Came, They Saw, They Loved

It was a long trip. Pastors Dennis and Deb Smith and the Covenant Life Ministries team flew 18,000 miles to bless the “least of these.”  

It was a quick trip. They did it all, including flying time, in nine days.

It was a blessed trip. Can you imagine how a 4 X 8 foot, beautifully painted, multi-colored mural will brighten the lives of children?  If so, multiply that by six because the CLM team painted six murals. They will hang at Hope Therapy Center and New Beginnings School for the Deaf. Smilies will come!

Before Dennis, Deb, Blake, Josh, Katherine, Joy, Phillip, Cody, Katie, Lauren, Debra, Gary and Sharon came to Vietnam, 308 junior-high students at the Tay Giang Boarding School were cold. With the temperature dropping to freezing, that matters!  To meet their need, the CLM team helped purchase, package and deliver 308 coats. By the time the team left, 308 formerly cold young people were warm. 

Other team members ran electric wires, hung lights and built a massive 9-foot-high climbing wall. Seth’s Wall is the dominant feature upon entering Hope Therapy Center. Hundreds will be blessed.

You can come to Vietnam and bless “the least of these” as the CLM team did! Or you can support such teams and our staff as Orphan Voice continues to reach out to “the least of these” in the Love of Christ.  Either way, let us hear from you. To sow your donation, give HERE. To inquire about a Friendship Team, email don.secrest@orphanvoice.org

Everyone Needs A Friend

Australians Bill and Ann Maree Chapman and Jane Shamrock were great friends to Phu Ninh special needs children and their families in January!

Ann Maree and Jane are therapists. Bill is a “can-do” engineer who builds what Jane and Ann Maree need to make children’s lives better. Together, they are a life-changing team.

To appreciate how the team became Christ to these children and families, one must know the families better.

What if you were the parent of a cerebral palsy child who had no wheelchair? If you were that parent, you would carry your child everywhere or tie him into a flimsy, plastic chair and secure the chair to your motorbike with rubber strips, to get him from one place to another.

Or what if you didn’t know what a “bath chair” is.  You may currently sit your child on the concrete floor and pour unheated water over his head as a means – your only means – to bathe him.

Bill, Jane and Ann Maree changed all that!

While Bill and Jane were making bath chairs, Ann Maree painstakingly fitted other children to high quality wheelchairs. Now, they have good wheelchairs that won’t cause sores.

Hear this team exit report: “Parent interviews reveal that the bath chairs were the most popular equipment. The bath chairs made a huge difference to the children and in the lives of the families. Many moms are using them for purposes other than bathing.”

That’s good news!

Orphan Voice staff minister to the deaf, those with physical disabilities, cleft palette children and others each month. We need your prayer and financial support to enable us to continue.

To bless special needs children, invest your gift by HERE. Thank you!

A Doctor Slept Here

Mai, a smart 11th grader, dreams of one day becoming a doctor.  She’s an exceptional student, but it’s hard to study on an empty stomach. On top of that, there’s no dad around – so it falls to Mai to care for her mom, who has special needs.

Victory House has come alongside Mai to cover the cost of school supplies, food and other necessities.  Praise God! Things have turned around!  She enjoys regular meals now. Before, it was not unusual for her to eat only once, or maybe twice, a day.

Mai and her mom are pictured above with the bed purchased by Victory House for their small apartment. Since receiving the help Mai tells us, “I’m happy because I’m not hungry anymore and I can focus on studying.”

“A million thanks,” her mom says, “does not tell how grateful I am.”

It’s easy to take everyday things for granted. Imagine what life would be like without a bed to sleep on, food to eat or paper to write on. But things are different for Mai because of you. To share in caring for others like Mai, donate HERE.

Seth’s Wall

Seth is Josh and Brandi Reyes six year old son. He’s an avid “wall climber,” which isn’t unique among young boys except that Seth is also a Down Syndromes child.

In honor of Seth’s determination, skill and the blessing that he is to others, Josh (Seth’s dad) and Blake of the Covenant Life Ministries Friendship Team, constructed a climbing wall for Hope Therapy Center. They knew from Seth’s example of overcoming hurdles that Vietnamese children could overcome too!

Seth’s picture will hang at Hope Therapy Center. There, he will encourage Vietnamese special needs children to press on to the good things that God has for them.

You Comfort Devastated Ones

Binh’s Hope

When Binh was seven, he became seriously ill. In a panic, his parents took him to the hospital. There, as a high fever and bacterial infection attacked, his life hung in the balance.

To his family’s great joy, after a month in hospital care, he stabilized. So much so that doctors soon discharged him. But with the discharge came a diagnosis of cerebral palsy with partial paralysis.

Binh’s dad sold all the family’s land to pay for his medical expenses and ongoing care. And then the money ran out. The family was in crisis. How could they get help?

At that point, Binh’s parents heard of Orphan Voice’s Phu Ninh Therapy Center. Hope entered their hears. They thought: “maybe this is the way.”

On his first visit to the Therapy Center, Binh couldn’t sit up on his own. He couldn’t hold anything because his hands and arms were too weak.

But Binh worked hard. Each day, his parents brought him for therapy and each day he said: “I’ll try my best.”

Everyone – parents, therapists, other children and families – were touched by his determination.

And determined he was! After six months of therapy, Binh learned to sit up with some help. After six additional months of work, he could sit up on his own!

The therapists worked hard to increase Binh’s hand and arm strength. They devised a weight lifting routine which he faithfully followed. Today, although still weak, he can hold a two kilo hand weight out from his body. He can walk 8 yards by himself. His mom rejoices because he now dresses himself – freeing her to attend to other household duties.

Binh still has a ways to go, but he has surely come a long, long way! His parents are overjoyed. To the Phu Ninh therapists, they say: “Thank you, moms!”

They also say “THANK YOU” to Orphan Voice partners!

All of Orphan Voice’s special needs ministries, including the Phu Ninh Therapy Center, are sharing the love of Christ with needy children and families each day. God encourages and heals through you. Your gifts change lives!

To invest in changing lives today, donate HERE. Or if you prefer, send your support to PO Box 910410, Lexington Kentucky 40591.

Typhoon Damrey Disaster Relief

Typhoon Damrey resulted in the deaths of 106 people. Mudslides covered entire houses, sometimes with families still inside. Water racing through valleys carried grown men away. Some children were covered by mud as they played.

In the wake of this great suffering, Orphans Voice Rapid Response teams reached out with the Love of Christ to provide emergency food, blankets and other supplies to 5400 men, women and children in the hardest hit areas. Our teams – that is to say YOU – were the first to arrive, except for the military. 

Your gifts to Orphan Voice save and change lives. Your gifts prepare the Lord’s way in the lives of people who are touched by the Love of God during their times of greatest need. Thank you!

To share the love of Christ with the hurting and needy today, donate online HERE.

First Time To The Dentist

In Orphan Voice’s Keeping Families Together program (KFT), we focus on the emotional and physical needs of the family for 18 months. During that time, we train, counsel and implement micro-economic projects so that the family can make more money. We want the family to “pay their own way” within 18 months so that they don’t consider placing their child in an orphanage and don’t become dependent on us. During that 18 month period, we make sure that the children’s medical needs are met.

Recently, Orphan Voice staff took several KFT children to the dentist–their first trip. Some had a good experience, but apparently not all!

Your prayer and financial support keeps families intact – children don’t go to orphanages!

To insure that a child stays with his parents, invest your gift by donating HERE. You can also mail to PO Box 910410, Lexington Kentucky 40591. Thank you!

Did You Know?

Hanh’s Brother – Saved From Drowning

Hanh* says: “When I was six years old, my mom changed. My life changed too.

Before then I was happy.  My mom laughed lot. We played and I laughed too. Her smile was pretty. She held me close when we slept together. She cooked good food too!

My mom had a sister. She was fun and we both loved her.  But she died in a motorcycle accident when my mom was pregnant with my baby brother. That’s when my mom changed.

After that, my mom didn’t wash our clothes or sweep the house. My brother was born and she nursed him, but she didn’t cook for me and my dad.

Because I had to take care of my mom, Dad and baby brother, I didn’t go to school much. I washed my mom each day as she lay in bed, cleaned the house, washed clothes and cooked.  I didn’t have friends.

I had two dreams. I wanted to go to school and I wanted my mom to be better.”

“One day, I saw my mom take my baby brother to the well, put him in the bucket and lower him down. But I ran to the well before he reached the water and pulled him up. That scared me.

One time, we didn’t have food for three days and I was very hungry.

My life changed again this year but it is much better now. I came to live at Promise House. It’s so different! I have good food – even meat and fish! I have new clothes, school supplies, tutors, and the housemothers take good care of me. I have friends too! I go to school every day!

Also my brother is here, so I don’t worry about him anymore. I know that he is safe.”

Thi – Saved From Sexual Abuse

“I was born in the countryside* and have seven brothers and sisters. Our lives were hard growing up.

My father drank rice wine – lots of it. It made him mean and he beat my mom.  At night, my mom took us to the woods to sleep so he couldn’t find us.”

“We were often hungry. My mom worked hard, but my dad didn’t help her.

When I was 11 years old, my mom took me to another family. I worked in their roadside store and they gave me food and a place to sleep. But I wasn’t able to go to school.”

“One night, the man I was staying with got drunk and attacked me. I didn’t know what to do, but his wife cut him with a knife. I had to leave.

I wanted to go home, but my mom told me to go to Danang. I was only 12 and I was afraid. But my mom gave me 20,000 dong for the ferry to cross the river and then buy the bus ticket to Danang. She told me to go to the city market and ask for work when I got there.

I got to the Danang market as my mom said, but no one hired me.”

“Just before dark, a nice lady took me to a Western restaurant and asked the owner to help me. The owner called Orphan Voice and Duc came to get me.

Looking back, I know that I misbehaved in those first days. Marissa and Enoch, Orphan Voice staff, gave me a home, but I didn’t want to come inside at night. I didn’t trust them. Later I did trust them.

Meeting the Orphan Voice staff was the best thing that ever happened to me! Soon I was able to go to Promise House. Wow! What a change! I went to school. I met Dung and Y and they became my best friends. I had plenty to eat. The caregivers and the Orphan Voice staff loved me.”

“Today, my life is a miracle. I’ve graduated from high school. I’m in college! I want to manage a hotel!”

Create A Different Destiny For Children at Year’s End

Consider what Hanh and Thi’s lives (above) would have been like without your intervention. Thi would have been sexually abused again – and again. She would have had a poor education with little prospects of getting a good job.

Hanh would have been covered with worries as she, a child, carried adult responsibilities for years. No school for her! No good job for her!

But those things didn’t happen to Thi and Hanh. You stopped it! Now they have a future and a hope.

Countless Vietnamese children and families wait to experience the Everlasting Love. We want to to bring them hope, love, and compassion and in 2018.

We need your generous support as this year ends to do that. Help us as we look to our 2018 responsibilities. Make Orphan Voice your year-end giving focus to insure that our life-changing work continues. You can sow your year-end gift HERE or mail your support to P.O. Box 910410, Lexington, Kentucky 40591. God bless you!

Orphan Voice Disaster Relief

Outreach To The Hurting

Presidents Donald Trump, Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin arrive in Danang tomorrow. Typhoon Damrey arrived last week.

Damrey struck families living in Nông Sơn District, near Danang, hard. Heavy rains, causing Highland dams to be opened, sent rushing water into rivers and valleys. When the dams opened, Nông Sơn families were caught unaware. For most, their rice, other food, and chickens were washed away. Homes also.

Orphan Voice didn’t take the child’s picture above. We got it from a friend. Thankfully, she lived, but landslides have taken 8 lives. In all, 69 people died from the flooding, landslides and capsized boats at sea.

Orphan Voice is responding to these several thousand suffering families in the Love of Christ. We will deliver our first load of emergency food to Nông Sơn District Saturday. We will likely take more next week.

Every box of noodles, every pound of rice, every blanket lifts the suffering into the Love of Christ.

Will you help? $20 will provide 50 meals; $50 will provide 125 meals.
$100 will provide 250 meals. $250 will provide 625 meals.

To bring the love of Christ to suffering Nong Son District families, Donate Here . Or, mail your support to Orphan Voice, P.O. Box 910410, Lexington, Kentucky 40591.

Thank you and may God bless you as you remember and protect “the least of these.”

Changing Lives in Vietnam!

Lives Protected, Lives Changed!

I needed a phone charger, so I rode my bike to a the electronics store to buy one. The sales girl greeted me with a dazzling smile. There was something about that smile….

Astonished, I remembered! I first met “Alice” when she was 12. She had come to my office with her heavily-indebted mother. When I saw her at the store, she must have been 16.

Alice’s story as a 12 year old was tragic. She understood her mom’s debt burden and wanted to help her badly. Indeed, her love for her mom caused her to fall prey to sexual abuse.

A so-called family friend said to Alice:

“I know how we can help your mom. I’ll take you to Hue where Vietnamese men who live in American come to tour the old Imperial City. They’re rich and they’re easy to get money from. Just do what they want.” She then took Alice to Hue and set up evening meetings with men.

As bad as it was, the abuse was only for a night and for that we are thankful. One business man cancelled because a meeting ran late. However, at least one man kept his appointment.

Alice’s mom quickly found out about the abuse and reported it. Social Services asked Orphan Voice to help just days afterwards. We did all we could. While we weren’t able to carry out our complete plan to help her, enough was implemented to see that she wasn’t trafficked or abused again. The abuse was a one time event.

That vaguely familiar smile triggered that flood of memories for me that day. Lots of emotion there.

Alice was gainfully employed and on her own. Her smile that day also told me that all was well.

Orphan Voice staff, through your generosity, is enabled to touch hundreds of children, youth, and government officials each month. We need your support, both in prayer and in finances, to reach out to other “Alices,” to provide for the orphan, and to touch with Everlasting love the lowly and hurting. Will you help us today? Click HERE to help!

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Enduring Voices 2017 – Mission Accomplished!

Enduring Voices 2017

Mission accomplished! 103 miles completed. Craig ran 92 of those miles and would have run them all except for severe calf strains incurred from Day 2’s running up and down steep mountain slopes. Colin, Gerald and Ryan teamed up to run the distance in relay fashion. It was Vietnam hot and 103 miles is a long way!

A box truck followed the runners. On top was a speaker looping a recorded anti-trafficking message: “I’m more precious than gold!” – “My body belongs to me.” The 8×15 feet anti-trafficking signs on both sides of the truck read: “For the children’s safety, call (hotline number)” and “Safety is their right.”

The novelty of seeing Westerners running on a hot day coupled with the messages emanating from the loud speaker and the signs served to raise awareness about the trafficking problem. The Enduring Voices runners successfully challenged the attitude that “it doesn’t happen here.”

While Craig and the team were running for three days, Daisy (at the left of the picture below) taught “More Precious Than Gold” anti-trafficking seminars to 4,000 school children! 4,000 in three days! Students, teachers and administrators were informed, challenged, warned and equipped to protect themselves and those under their care. Praise God.

Craig and the team not only raised awareness about human trafficking but they also raised funds for Orphan Voice’s three anti-trafficking programs – nearly $14,000 of it! Many of you gave to encourage the runners and further Orphan Voice’s anti-trafficking work. Thank you!

If you missed your chance to support Craig and the team and would like invest to protect the innocent, donate HERE.

Keeping Her Family Together

Before Mai’s family joined Orphan Voice’s Keeping Families Together program (KFT), she and Duc, her husband, often fought – usually over money and sometimes violently. Life was hard. The children knew the stab of hunger pains. Their son couldn’t attend school because they couldn’t afford the fees.

The financial pressure spilled over to child discipline – in a bad way. Divorce approached.

But a miracle happened! Mai and Duc were changed through KFT. Love-filled staff have invested themselves into the family to encourage, bless and help. KFT’s various trainings are good and God empowered the staff to give those trainings life. And that life flowed into Mai’s family!

Yes, Mai and Duc have benefitted from marriage counseling, budgeting classes, and training on child discipline. They’ve benefitted more, though, from the caring workers who came along beside them to offer Spirit-filled encouragement and love.
You sent those caring workers. You’re the reason that this family is together. Thank you.

There are others like Mai and Duc who need encouragement and help. An investment that keeps a child OUT of an orphanage is the best one. To make that happen, donate HERE.

Income Generation

One of the key components of Orphan Voice’s Keeping Families Together program is helping families make more money. After all, while poverty was not the root cause of Mai and Duc’s problems, it was a major cause.

To help them make more money, we built on the skills that they had. In Mai and Duc’s case, they knew farming. They were willing to work! With your help, they are raising chickens, ducks and pigs.

Hear Mai’s testimony:

“I’ve sold 10 chickens for 60,000 vnd per kilo! That’s enough to feed out the 20 remaining chickens and buy books, notebooks and school supplies for my children. They’re ready for school! I’ve never been able to buy their school supplies before.”

Mai doesn’t know it, but believers in her village pray for her family each day.  And they are an unusual prayer group.  Several pray 24 hours a day, 7 days per week! As their prayers and yours rise to Heaven, there’s sure to be more blessing for Mai.

Will you invest in a rural family’s life to keep their child out of an orphanage? To keep a family intact, invest HERE.

Phuc: A New Beginning

Phuc experienced a rough beginning. His father abandoned him early on and his mentally-ill mother couldn’t care for herself, much less her son. To the extend that Phuc had care, his grandmother provided it- now she’s too old to do so.

As a result of his grandmother’s decline, village elders petitioned Danang Social Services (DSS) to take Phuc into care. DSS agreed to do so and asked Orphan Voice to care for Phuc at Promise House Group Home. After we searched and found out no aunts or uncles could provide for Phuc, we said “yes.”

In August, Promise House caregivers and children welcomed Phuc to his new home. Soon thereafter, school began. He’s now in classes with new clothes, plenty of school supplies (which he never had before) and plenty to eat.

Having good food is a special blessing, as Phuc has known hunger. His grandmother visits regularly which has helped in transition.

An orphanage isn’t God’s Plan A for a child, but is sometimes needed. Phuc certainly needed it.

Because of you, Promise House Group Home is there to “catch” those of “the least of these” who are in need. Thank you!

Promise House is about 2/3 funded. Your generous gift is needed. To invest in Promise House children, donate HERE.

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!

Where Would She Go?

Hien’s House Before Orphange Life

“I Don’t Know Who Will Help Me”

Hien’s mom died when she was two. Though he tried, her mentally handicapped father wasn’t up to the task of raising four children. Hien and her siblings were often alone and sometimes hungry.

Seeing that the children weren’t safe, government social workers took legal custody of them. They placed Hien in the village orphanage.

Orphanage Where Hien Grew Up

Hien’s Orphanage Room

So it was in an orphanage that Hien grew up. There, she made friends with other orphans, some became close friends; she had plenty of food and went to the doctor when needed; she did well in successive grades of schooling; she began to view boys differently.  In short, she passed from childhood to adolescence there. That village orphanage – though lacking – was the best “home” she’d ever known. There, she felt secure.

Hien’s security ended when she graduated from high school. The orphanage director told her she had to leave.

Where would she go?  Fear invaded her heart.  Looking back, she says: “I was worried about what would happen. I didn’t know who would help me.” She wanted to attend college, but how?

Hien learned of Orphan Voice’s Victory House program. Hope made headway against the fear. “Maybe this is the way!” she thought.

Victory House helps orphaned girls who’ve been forced to leave the only home they’ve ever known–their orphanage–when they “age out.”  Victory House provides mentoring, college or vocational training, and a place to live with a food stipend until the girls graduate and get a job to support themselves. Victory House also serves as an anti-trafficking protection, because young girls aging out of orphanages with no place to go are prime targets of traffickers.

Hien applied to Victory House and was accepted!

Hien has proven herself a faithful student in the past 4 years! She recently graduated with a degree in accounting. And, best of all, she’s already gainfully employed in the finance department at a local restaurant. She’s passing from adolescence to adulthood – because of you!

Hien is grateful. Because she’s now receiving a paycheck, she won’t receive any Victory House support after August. She says: “Thank you! Without Orphan Voice, I don’t know who would have helped me.”

Victory House has accepted four new girls. Can you help us help them? To invest in the lives of Victory House girls, donate HERE. Or, mail your support to Orphan Voice, P.O. Box 910410, Lexington, Kentucky 40591.

You Honor Him

Vi and Grandmother Huong

Vi’s Certificate For Excellence At New Beginnings Awards Ceremony

“Grandma–I Won’t Stay With You Tonight”

Vi often spends the night with her Grandmother Huong, and like most grandmas, Huong loves that and always cooks Vi’s favorite foods.

Last month, Vi brought Huong tears of joy. How? She texted her grandmother in Vietnamese: “Grandma–I won’t stay with you tonight. I’ll go home with Mom.”

Why was that text so moving? Huong cried because since Vi’s early years, she thought that Vi wouldn’t be able to live normally. You see, Vi is deaf. And in the countryside, deaf children don’t attend school, don’t learn to sign, don’t learn to read or write or learn math. They don’t get good jobs later either.

Huong knew that Vi attended Orphan Voice’s New Beginnings School for the Deaf, but she didn’t know about the quality of her classes. When Vi texted her in perfect Vietnamese, though, she realized that New Beginnings is very much a school and that Vi is very much a student!

Because of you, Vi and her classmates are learning signing, math, writing, reading and character. She’s gaining skills that will make her an overcomer!

In its special needs outreaches, Orphan Voice provides deaf education, physical therapy, wheelchairs, and cleft lip/palate operations. But you make it happen.

To “keep it happening” for our special needs community, donate HERE or mail your support to Orphan Voice, P.O. Box 910410, Lexington, Kentucky 40591. Thank you!

Tho Earns A Certificate Of Excellence

Hien Earns A Certificate Of Excellence

New Beginnings Award Ceremony

School’s out!

Students celebrate a successful school year! Enjoy the smiling faces of students, parents, grandparents and teachers!

New Beginning’s Parents, Grandparents And Students Celebrate A Great Year!

Han: New Beginning’s Best Student!

Tai Earns A Certificate Of Excellence

Cooking Oil In The Basket.  Rice And Noodles Behind.  Notice His Shoes!




You enable Orphan Voice to feed the hungry. We recently discovered three siblings, from 8-15, living in their village whose mom lived 5 hours away in a larger city. The mom’s plan was to work in the city for several months, build up her savings, and then return to her children.

While she worked apart from her children, she returned home monthly to see them, bringing them a large bag of rice each trip. Trouble was, that bag wasn’t enough to last until she returned the next month and the children were reduced to asking neighbors for help when the food ran out.

When we visited, the children were eating only two meals per day. The oldest child plaintively said: “Please help me. They (his younger siblings) always ask for food and I don’t know what to do.”

In the end, we provided the children sufficient food until their mom could find work closer to home– which she did.

“I Can Go To
The Market Easier Now.”

“I’m So Happy. Thanks.
I Can Go To My Friend’s House.”

Mobility: Personal Energy Transportation Carts 

Some physically handicapped men and women in the Vietnamese countryside don’t own a wheelchair. They depend on others to go from place to place– maybe a friend lifts them onto a motor bike and carries them or maybe they make “lifters’ with blocks of wood and carry themselves around with their hands.

Mobility is just as important to them as it is to us bi-peds!

Because of the generosity of Orphan Voice partners, 20 rural people now experience the mobility that we take for granted. Check these grateful ones out!

Orphan Voice’s special needs ministry consists of the Phu Ninh Therapy Center, transportation cart distribution as shown here, cleft palate and lip repair and deaf education. All happen because of your care and love! Thank you!

Thien Will Not Travel This Way Again!

“I Will Remember Your Help Forever!”