Last week I had another amazing chance to visit El Salvador and the kids and staff of La Casa de mi Padre. It’s difficult for me to express what in incredible ministry this is. These kids come from worlds of hurt and are given the chance to experience being part of a family. They are loved and cared for emotionally, spiritually, mentally and physically.
While I was there, Gary and Sharon Powell shared a letter with me from another ministry that cares for orphaned children (HEAL Ministries) and I loved the way it was worded. Here is a portion of the letter:
As we end a political season and near the end of 2012, there’s been a lot of discussion about the impending fiscal cliff our country faces. The challenges are daunting for our nation, for our businesses and our families.
In these times of uncertainty, it IS difficult to think about the ones that have already fallen off the cliff. The ones that are buried by the debris that followed them after they fell…the ones that are buried under hunger, fear, hopelessness and distress.
Globally there is an estimated 153 million orphans. Roughly 135 million of these orphans have one living parent. Most of these orphans are living with the remaining parent who is unable or unwilling to care for them. Millions will NEVER be adopted. There are many reasons for their un-adoptable status. Because they are un-adoptable, they will either spend their time on the street or in institutional foster care. Countless will face the world without the provision, protection and nurture that parents uniquely provide. These children are at-risk. (Christian Alliance for Orphans).
So what does this mean? This means we have to find them, love them, and help them. We are CALLED to find them, love them, and help them. The abandoned need to know they have worth, value and hope.
That is exactly what La Casa de mi Padre is doing with these kids. Something interesting that I learned while I was down there this trip is that this time of year is a very difficult time for them financially. Their monthly expenses are $35,000 and giving tends to go down during the summer, leaving the fall months bare. They literally have to decide sometimes between buying food and buying medicine. I can’t imagine having to make a choice like that, especially for a child!
Would you consider making a year end donation to La Casa de mi Padre? If so, there are two ways to donate:
- Send a check written to My Father’s House International to: P.O. Box 20673, Roanoke, VA 24018
- Donate online through PayPal (please note there is a “convenience charge” associated with this option. Click here to donate online.