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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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
Phuc: A New Beginning
“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.
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!
New Beginnings Award Ceremony
Students celebrate a successful school year! Enjoy the smiling faces of students, parents, grandparents and teachers!
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.
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!