ORPHAN’S HEART INTERNATIONAL
Although we have many neighbors to love right around the corner, there are also about 100 children in need of the love of the Lord, tucked away in the village of San Juan Sacatepéquez. These children are starving for physical nutrients as well as love. At any given time there are between 80 and 120 children living in the malnutrition center we support financially and with our annual fall mission trip. That is 80-120 children who have been split from their parents, are sick, and are confused. Some of these children come in so ill, or so malnourished, that we do not know if they will survive. What a need for the love of Jesus! The malnutrition center is run similarly to an orphanage. However, most of these children are not actually orphans. They have been left at the MC as their parents could not afford to feed them and therefore had no other place to turn. There is a unique atmosphere of mingled hope and deep sadness, as parents make the courageous decision to leave their starving children at the malnutrition center, knowing that they are giving their child their best chance but not knowing when, or how often, they will see them in the future. Although the children at the center do have wonderful and loving care givers, the ratio of nanny to child is about 10:1. That is ten young babies to one mother figure. Can you imagine one mother taking care of ten infants, ten toddlers, or ten 5 year olds? These children crave attention and need the love of the Lord. What a blessing to be able to use our time and gifts to demonstrate such love and to give the nannies a few extra sets of hands to help out! There is also something truly life changing about experiencing a culture outside of your own and giving to them out of what the Lord has given to you, all in the name of Jesus Christ. Yet you will quickly find that we will humbly receive more than we will give on this adventure. The staff and children of the MC are demonstrating the love of Christ and using their gifts for His purposes in their own ways. It is our prayer that through prayer and financial support of this organization, coming on one of the trips, or sponsoring a child, that your eyes will be opened to what the Lord is ALREADY doing in the world, and know that you can be a part of that in your own back yard as you bring your new experiences and wisdom home to your families, your church, and your culture. Let this organization serve as a catalyst for deep change, rooted in Christ, in you and all those you minister to throughout your lifetime!
Help be the hands and feet of Jesus.
1465 Three Mile Rd NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49544