In the words of Chip and Jo, yesterday was Demo Day at Orbie and we could not be more excited. Years of prayer and dreams and waiting on God are coming to fruition. Orbie is working to prepare The Woolsey Cottage for renting as an AirBnB and working to get the warehouse ready to use as the home and operations area for the ministry. All proceeds from the AirBnB will go to fund the ministry of Orbie and it’s mission to reach vulnerable children with the hope and healing only Christ brings. Thank you to the folks who are working, praying and giving financially to make this happen. You are the hands and feet of Jesus!
Plans are underway to get the Orbie Cottage ready to use as an AirBnB. This is allow us to operate the ministry in the warehouse out back with the vacation rental financially supporting the ministry. Renovations will begin this week and we hope to have the house ready to rent out by Fall. The Lake Hills Church Hospitality Team Prayer Group had a shower for Orbie on Thursday night to “Stock the Cottage”. This group has given and volunteered so generously to this ministry and the Stock the Cottage shower was no different. There are still many items on our registry if you feel led to contribute…
We spent the past week at the CAFO Summit in Louisville, Kentucky. What is CAFO, you ask?
CAFO is the Christian Alliance for Orphans. They exist to unite a movement of organizations, churches and individuals worldwide. Each year CAFO holds a Summit which is a community of kindred hearts, gathering from across America and around the world. Who are they? Parents and pastors, experts and organizations, leaders and servants - each eager both to share and to receive — expertise and encouragement, resources and friendship. All passionate to see children thrive in adoption, foster care and effective service to the vulnerable worldwide. Seeking justice and mercy, rooted deep in the Gospel of God’s unfailing love.
We spent the week sharing Orbie and our cirriculum with folks in the trenches of Orphan and Foster Care. We heard speakers from around the globe who know first hand what the orphan and foster care crisis are and who are affected by it. These were stories that would just break your heart, but we also heard stories of God’s grace and redemption. We learned that there is both brokenness and beauty in working with foster kids and orphans.
What a blessing we received on Saturday as we celebrated the New Year with the kids and house parents of Broyhill Childrens’ home and talked about “The One Who Stays”. We decorated pillow cases with the kids and were amazed how much the oldest to the youngest were engaged in this activity. It is our prayer that when they lay their head on that pillow at night, they will be comforted as they are reminded of the One who stays.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
Thank you to everyone who played a role in our "Light Their World" Gala at The Cove last month. Great music, speakers, weather, auction and people! Our auction alone raised $24,000! We enjoyed great tunes and testimony from Mark Schultz. Terry Jaggers (President of the Texas Foster Family Association) and Bob McCleary (North Carolina Baptist Children Homes) shared their excitement about the response of foster families to Orbie's new curriculum. We are so grateful to all who volunteered, sponsored, served, bought, and gave!
She's only nine, but she's already been adopted twice. Four years ago she got a whole new life when she was adopted out of a government-run orphanage in China. In one moment, she went from darkness to light. From being unwanted to deeply loved. From having no one to belonging in a family that adores her.
Recently, Collins made the important decision to be adopted again....this time by her Creator. Yes, she's only nine. But she really gets it. As she says, "God is perfect, I'm not. God sent Jesus to take my spanking. I turned from my sin and asked him in my heart. I am now in God's family...forever!" That is the gospel, pure and simple. It's an adoption story. We once were lost but now are found, were blind but now we see. Coming into God's family for all eternity is the greatest miracle of all.
For Collins, the second adoption has resulted in new and fresh again. Her old life is gone in so many ways. Her behavior has changed because her heart has changed. There is a peace and stability that was never there before. And above all? She's got an exuberant joy that is pretty much breathtaking to behold. How amazing to look into her eyes and realize that God has miraculously orchestrated her adoption...twice!
For if a man is in Christ he becomes a new person altogether - the past is finished and gone, everything has become fresh and new. 2 Corinthians 5:17
Orbie Gala 2014 was an incredibly inspiring night! Many people caught the vision and are now a part of the mission of Orbie for Orphans. Those who attended were encouraged to see that the Lord is using their efforts and investment as a part of “Team Orbie”.
The news is carrying the ongoing story right now of two American medical missionaries who contracted the Ebola virus in Liberia. One, in particular, is Dr. Kent Brantly, a young doctor just starting out with a wife and small children. The natural question to ask is, “Why?”
Who knew that the simple transfer of a box could bring such a thrill? Last month, we were at the National Orphan Summit in Chicago where a few thousand people gathered who work on the front lines with orphans and foster children. As we sold our Mission Trip Curriculum Kits in 7 languages, we would ask, “Where will this be used?
These are exciting times for Orbie for Orphans!Our first teaching kit, The One Who Stays, will be ready to go on the front lines in early May. Based on distribution channels, we are translating this from English into 6 other languages. Because 67% of the world’s children learn through oral/visual means, animation is a key component of our strategy to bring life change to these children. They learn best through seeing stories come to life, and yet, curriculum for orphans using animation is unheard of…until now!
Recently in January, our adopted daughter had surgery with the craniofacial team at the University of North Carolina. It was a big deal for her as evidenced by short video we took of her at the hospital.