Stephen’s 2015 Video Report: In My Words [An Orphan’s Tear Ministry Mini-Update]

24Feb

Stephen’s 2015 Video Report: In My Words [An Orphan’s Tear Ministry Mini-Update]

In January, each of Heaven's Family's 21 Focused Ministry Directors gave a short, 10-minute presentation about their accomplishments in 2015 and their upcoming goals for 2016. We're excited about what the Lord has done, and what He has in store for the remainder of this year!

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24Feb

Stephen’s 2015 Video Report: In My Words

In January, each of Heaven's Family's 21 Focused Ministry Directors gave a short, 10-minute presentation about their accomplishments in 2015 and their upcoming goals for 2016. We're excited about what the Lord has done, and what He has in store for the remainder of this year!

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28Dec

Child Care Reboot

Last time I wrote about how most of the children in the orphanages we support have at least one living parent or close relative, but that we lacked the knowledge and experience necessary to successfully reintegrate these children back into their families. God has provided us with a solution, and I'm very excited to tell you about it!

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27Oct

Homeward Bound

Orphan's Tear began in 2002 when David Servant went to Myanmar and visited a couple orphanages run by pastors attending his seminar. Moved with compassion after seeing the terrible living conditions, and being led to believe that the parents of these children were deceased, he promised to help. As Orphan's Tear grew and became more involved over the years, however, we learned that the the parents of most of the children we were supporting were still alive.

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30Sep

New Beginnings

His pitiful cry came as sheer joy after 14 exhausting hours of labor and 9 months of waiting! My wife and I teared up as we saw our son for the first time! As you may know, Elisabeth Walter has stepped down as the director of Orphan's Tear so she can spend more time being a mom. In August I, her older brother, became the new director, and a month before that I became a new dad.

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01May

The Prize of Enterprise

He speaks excellent English, as well as his native Burmese and Chin. He has a PhD in Christian Ministry, and he teaches in several Bible schools. He also directs an orphanage that Heaven's Family's Orphan's Tear Ministry has supported since 2007. We've taught him about kinship and foster care's superiority over orphanage care, and he's embraced the concept, to the degree that some of the children who formerly lived at his Yangon orphanage are now back home. His orphanage's child population has decreased from 18 to 12 in recent years.

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01May

Separated Siblings

"I will not give up until I've found my sisters and my brother!" After months of fruitless searching, 13-year-old Isaias was determined not to quit. They were, originally, four siblings living under one roof, born to an alcoholic father among the indigenous people of Mexico's Sierra Madre: Isaias, the oldest, fraternal twin sisters Marisol and Matilde, and little brother Joel. When their mother died, their bedridden father parceled them out.

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01May

Goodbye Mother, Hello Orphanage

"I'm sorry, but you must leave our home, our friends and our village. I can no longer afford to care for you." Those were the heartbreaking words that Ren Hawi dreaded to speak to her 5-year-old daughter, Biak Rem Sui. But the day came when she had to say them. With grief, Ren took Biak to an orphanage that was several hours from their home in a remote village of Myanmar. Then mother and little daughter tearfully said goodbye.

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