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December 15, 2014
Today I met a little girl and her grandma as they stood in line to get bread in Krasnogorivka. As I bent down to see her face I was met in return with these piercing blue eyes. I told her they were angelic, and then learned that her name was Angelina. Apparently I was not the only one to have seen the face of an angel in this girl. She couldn't have been more than 9-years-old, and yet her angelic eyes reflected signs of the war her childhood has already seen. There was a piercing sadness behind those beautiful eyes, a sadness I so desperately wanted to remedy. I handed her a candy, which...Read more
October 16, 2014
Nestled in the heart of central Asia and lined with snow-capped mountains at every bend, Kyrgyzstan is a country filled with magnificent beauty and breathtaking views. Yet looking beyond the country’s natural beauty you find a third of the population living in poverty, and social orphans living in institutions as a result of alcoholism and neglect. Close to 22,000 children are social orphans in Kyrgyzstan and between 5 and 6,000 reside in state run institutions. In a country of only 5 million, this is a significant social problem. During a recent trip to Kyrgyzstan I met up with Janybeck, one...Read more
October 03, 2014
A Vietnamese girl and her sister at the deaf school Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be unable to communicate with the ones you love most? Or how it would feel if you were unable to hear or speak, while others viewed you like you were intellectually impaired or a burden on society without any potential? During a recent visit to Vietnam, I began to reflect on these questions after I had the privilege of meeting some incredibly intelligent and gifted people who are deaf. They have opened my eyes and my heart. Orphan’s Promise has the privilege of partnering with three...Read more
August 15, 2014
Psalm 68:5-6 gives me a glimpse into the caring heart of our loving Heavenly Father - “ A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families. ” I have had the blessing of growing up in a warm loving family. I believe God intended this for all children, but I also realize this is not the case for many. After spending almost ten years living in Asia, my heart breaks for the children here who are being “orphaned” and separated from loving families at a very young age and placed into institutional care, often with parent consent, because...Read more
August 12, 2014
In May 2008, Cyclone Nargis ripped through the Irrawaddy Delta region of Myanmar. There was widespread destruction with thousands of people estimated to have tragically lost their lives. Not long after the disaster, Orphan’s Promise connected with a ministry partner to establish a much needed preschool in the devastated Irrawaddy region. This was greatly appreciated by the community. In Myanmar, preschools are rare in rural areas and often a luxury that only some in large cities can afford. Many schools in the Irrawaddy area were flattened and washed away during the cyclone. Establishing a...Read more
August 07, 2014
As warfare continues rage on in many parts of eastern Ukraine, the Ukrainian military has set other cities that were once war zones free. Sloviansk, a city where OP has done much work over the years, was one of the hardest hit cities. Now that the pro-Russian separatists have fled, people are returning to their war torn city and surveying the loss. The destruction is immense. Homes, apartment buildings, schools, businesses and orphanages have all suffered devastation do to bombings and gunfire. The process to rebuild will take a lot of time and require money that these people do not possess...Read more
July 25, 2014
Julie Jenney Dear Friends of Orphan’s Promise, It is with great sadness that I write this. Our colleague of many years, and dear friend, Julie Jenney, passed away on July 19 th after an eight year battle with cancer. When Orphan’s Promise was just beginning, Julie was Executive Producer of a CBN daily talk show called “Living the Life.” She saw what we were doing and featured interviews and stories about our work every chance she had, giving us much needed visibility and support. Orphan’s Promise would not have grown as quickly as it did without her efforts. In time, Julie became the...Read more
June 25, 2014
Slaviansk, a city in eastern Ukraine with about 130,000 residents, has suddenly gained international notoriety, as it has become one of the epicenters of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. A gateway city to the eastern regions of Donetsk, Lugansk, and Kharkiv, it is a strategic location for pro-Russian separatists. However, prior to the international attention the city has gained in recent months, Slaviansk was the epicenter of another revolution, a revolution surrounding adoption. Adoption in Ukraine Since 2004 a national adoption and orphan care movement has been on the rise in Ukraine. A...Read more
June 25, 2014
A family benefits from the program I wanted to share this from one of our workers in the field in Ukraine. Thank you for your prayers for the situation in Ukraine and the presidential elections, as well as God's hand upon our country. I have just received a great update from our in-country team and wanted to pass the information along with some great pictures and also to ask you to continue praying for our people. Only God can bring all this mess into order, but even in the midst of all the chaos He still remains the God in control and can turn all the bad into good for His glory! I just got...Read more
June 24, 2014
Orphans from a children’s shelter were taken by force to the Russian Federation and are presently in a refugee camp. Sixteen orphans from a children’s shelter in Snizhne, in the Donetsk Oblast, were taken by force to the Russian Federation and are presently in a refugee camp in Novoshakhtinsk (Rostov Olbast), reports Voice of Ukraine, June 12. Accompanying the orphans are two Ukrainian educators, Vera Sahaydak, the head of Child Welfare Services of the Donetsk State Oblast Administration, told Voice of Ukraine. As previously reported, on Thursday, June 12, armed militants seized the bus...Read more

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