Homeward Bound

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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20Aug

“Stephen, Catch!”

I've dreaded this day, but it has finally come! I've absolutely loved directing Orphan's Tear these past few years, but there's one thing I love even more—being a mom to my son Jonathan. So with mixed emotions I pass the torch into the very capable hands of my older brother, Stephen Servant

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31Jul

An Embarrassing Moment

When I arrived at Mt. Zion Orphanage in Haiti last month, I caught myself thinking, I'm glad no Orphan's Tear donors are here with me! That's a rare thought, because almost without exception I'm wishing you could be along with me. But that day I wanted to cry as I witnessed some deplorable conditions there, and I felt embarrassed that we hadn't taken care of these needs sooner! It had been a while since I last visited Mt. Zion, and I felt horrible that the needs even existed.

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22Jul

Riding High

I suppose having a tender heart is part of the job description for the director of Orphan's Tear. But sometimes I feel that my heart exceeds the tenderness requirements! That possibility entered my mind as my eyes teared up reading a letter I recently received from a little boy in Mexico called Beto (translated by our dear friend and ministry partner Nicole Fitzpatrick). I hope Beto's words touch your heart as well...

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17Jul

Finding Hope in Guatemala [Elisabeth’s Trip Blog from Guatemala]

"You know...we have to move here," Daryl said to his wife Wanda after witnessing the horrific conditions inside a handicapped ward of a Guatemalan hospital. With deep conviction, she replied with just 2 words: "I know."

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22Jun

This I Know

Not many things are for certain in Haiti, but most can count on poverty and death. So how do children, most of whom are orphans, survive such depressing realities while also living in an orphanage? I discovered the answer when I visited Haiti earlier this month with my wife, Kayla, and Orphan's Tear director Elisabeth Walter.

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16Jun

Chicks for Hunger [Haiti Trip, Final Blog]

"I really don't know how they survive," Pastor Geordany, the director of Mt. Carmel Orphanage, replied when I asked him how Haitians could pay the high food prices in Haiti. The average cost of a gallon of milk is over $9, and a pound of oranges costs about $5!

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15Jun

Haiti Exposed [Haiti Trip, Blog 3]

We've seen all kinds of poverty this week in Haiti: economic, political and spiritual. It's not hidden, like in much of the US, but as if intentionally exposed for all to see.

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14Jun

Fight the French! [Haiti Trip, Blog 2]

Fight the French! Kayla (my wife) could not believe her ears. She had just returned from a much-needed restroom visit midway through a 3-1/2-hour Sunday church service—which I learned was pretty standard in Haiti—feeling very confused.

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