Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Thrift Store Open House!

November 4-6, 2010 - 2nd Annual Columbus Thriftstore Christmas Open House

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

2608 Main Street

Columbus, MS 39701

WE WILL HAVE: new toys, electronics, bicycles, lotion sets, gift sets, crystal, everyday jewelry, holiday jewelry, perfumes, colognes, new clothes, men's Reeds t-shirts, collectibles, Christmas decor, decorations, Dept 56 decor, Christmas Trees, Southern Living cookbooks, Palmer Home... cookbooks, and various gift ideas.

Come shop to win - Daily drawings for prizes.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Turning 16

 Another note from a friend:

"A few days ago I went to my 16 year old brother’s performance.  Over 200 high school students held their heads high and played their memorized music, knowing that their parents were watching from the stands.    As they showed off their skills, hundreds of proud parents looked on, eager to capture each moment on camera or film.  In the middle of the moment, it felt so obvious, so right:  this is what a 16 year old child should have . . .  someone interested in their life.  It is what I pray for each of the kids in the orphanage.

People often ask me what the hardest part of my job is, and I can say without  hesitation that the hardest thing is watching a child’s 16th birthday come and go with no family stepping forward to adopt them.  2010 has been especially difficult in this area.   This year there were no families deciding to file paperwork at the last minute to keep a child eligible for adoption.

Instead, 16th birthdays of children I know well and love dearly have come and gone over and over again.  Each of them hold a special place in my heart, a place that will now be a little bit broken and hurts every time I think of them and what awaits them outside of the orphanage.
Each of these children is so different, each has unique needs and challenges but in one way they are all the same-they desperately wanted and needed parents, but parents never came.   They will never have a chance to show mom and dad what they can do.  They will now face life on their own.   The commitment of an adoptive family to love them no matter what, could have changed all this, but for those 16 and over, it will never happen.

At the same time that I smile watching my brother, another part of me cries inside for the 16 year olds I know on the other side of the world who have gone without parents for so long and now will go without them forever.    Please pray for these kids, as well as others in the orphanage who will be turning 16 this school year."

Children Waiting for a Family

 From a friend about children living as orphans in another country:

“I met him 9 years ago.  Back then, he was a tiny 8 year old, bouncy, bubbly, and full of life.   Now he is taller than me.  On his birthday last week, he turned 17.  His mother is alive but mentally disturbed and unable to care for him.  He waited for years, hoping for an adoptive family.  No one came.   I haven’t seen him for awhile; he is in and out of the orphanage, probably finding trouble.  But today I saw him and we talked about life, about the future, about his plans—and we played a game together.  His eyes lit up,  “I LOVE that game,” he said.  “Let’s play!”  He was respectful and played by all the rules.  When it was time for me to leave he helped me gather up all the items that the other kids had been playing with and insisted on carrying the bag as we walked to the gate.  I saw it then, in his eyes . . .  this child was created in the image of God and even though no other adult is there to see it or notice it or care, there is something good in him, something very good.
In some kids in the orphanage goodness is so easy to see,

. . . in "E" who kicked around a soccer ball today with his little brother and then sat in the grass for a long time finding new bugs

. . . in "V" who found the self-control to not blow up when another boy was teasing him unmercifully this afternoon

. . . in "S" who was trying to fix a bicycle wheel today and sat patiently explaining to another boy what needed to be done

. . .  when little "K" skips down the hallway to give me a hug and say hi

. . .  when "K" sits quietly and reads her book in the middle of the noise and chaos that usually surrounds her

I can see something positive in each one, but there is negative too, believe me, a lot of negative:  bad behavior and habits, disrespect, and hurtful teasing.”   

How incredible to know that all of these things can change.  By the grace of God hearts can be changed.
I have seen how children can change through adoption.   I am in awe of the changes that have happened in one little boy's life over the past months since he has lived with his new family.     He looks so healthy, there is a sparkle in his eye, and he chatters on and on, but the most amazing changes to see are the ones that have happened on the inside.   He is more confident, loving, caring, respectful, and considerate.     These changes have not come without the cost of time, energy, and love from his parents,  but oh what a reward!   What a joy  to see him run into his dad’s arm, carefully push his brother on the swing or sit at the kitchen table working through a school book with his mom!

God created all these good qualities in him from the very beginning, now in a family he is able to grow, and mature in these things under the watchful eyes of his parents and so many other adults who love and care for him.  The other children that remain as orphans have good qualities too.  Sadly they often go unnoticed.   Thank you for praying for them and the many other orphans who are waiting for parents.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Are You Interested In Joining Us?

We are looking for a couple, with or without children, to come live and serve with us at Palmer Home for Children.  If interested, please contact me.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

I Love You Big, Big!

In her early 70's Grandma Lela left her home in the States for Ukraine so that she could show orphans the love of Jesus.  The first time Lela saw Karina, our daughter was trying to read but could barely see the words on the pages of the book.  Grandma watched as Karina held the book close against her face so that her eyes could see what was there.  Grandma walked over to Karina, gave her a hug, told her she loved her and took her to the eye doctor.
That was about eight years ago.
God used Grandma Lela to help Karina see both physically and spiritually as she not only bought glasses for Karina but told her about the love of Jesus.  Lela told me one time that she left family and home to care for those that had no family and home and to tell them about Jesus.
The first day Sheila and I met Lela she was sitting on a couch in the playroom at the orphanage and one by one boys and girls would give her a hug and kiss.
"Does Grandma Lela love you small, small?" she would ask the children.
"No!  Grandma Lela loves me big, big!" they would respond.
She loved on every child... and every child loved on her.
As we watched her interact with the kids we thought, "What a woman!"  In the words of a fourteen year old former orphan, "She could have retired and done nothing with her life or just taken care of herself.  Instead she gave herself to us."
It is an honor to know her.

Lela had to leave Ukraine not long after we adopted Karina because of medical reasons and a few weeks ago several of the children that she ministered to came to visit her.
As each child came to her she told them, "I love you!"
And they responded, "We love you Grandma, Lela!"
Grandma went to be with Jesus this past week.
 We are so thankful for her, we praise God for her and we pray that God would raise up many more Grandma Lela's.
For many orphans, she was the first person to show them Jesus.
I imagine Jesus telling Grandma, "Lela, I love you big, big!"

Monday, August 16, 2010

Dot Courson Art Blog: Art for the Love of It

Dot Courson Art Blog: Art for the Love of It: "Here is a painting that I'm just about finished with that I'm giving to the Palmer Home Orphanage in Columbus, MS. My friend Vicki Overstree..."

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

House Parents Needed

We are looking for a couple/family to serve as house parents at our Hernando Campus.  If you are interested, know of someone who would be or would like more information, please let me know.  If you do not have my contact information you can send me a comment.  Comments are moderated and the public will not see it.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Palmer Home Children Reaching Out to Haiti

Jesus "came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many" (from Matthew 20:28) and Galatians 5:13 tells us to serve one another through love. 

Serving others is one of the characteristics we hope to instill within all of our children at Palmer Home for Children. 

Recently a mission organization needed help washing buckets that are on the way to Haiti.  These buckets will be used by those still suffering from the massive earthquake to haul fresh water.

Several of our children came together to wash the buckets... and have a lot of fun in the process.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Where Hope Still Grows

Many things grow at Palmer Home for Children. 
We have an orchard full of apples, peaches, blueberries, plums, blackberries, grapes and figs where the children love to pick and enjoy eating the fruit.  It is fun to see them exclaim how delicious the fresh picked fruit tastes and teach them how the fruit must be nurtured for it to grow.

Palmer Home for Children is known as a "Christian ministry where hope still grows".  This summer at Palmer Home I have seen that statement to be so true.  The good news of Jesus and the love that the staff showers upon the children here at Palmer Home truly gives them hope.  What a joy it is to see so many children come from a place of hopelessness to Palmer Home where they do have hope, love, care and the gospel.  Over the past few weeks a tiny little girl told me, "In the shelter we cried every night but at Palmer Home we do not cry anymore."  An eleven year old boy exclaimed, "I am not afraid anymore!" when a caring staff member helped him conquer one of his ongoing fears.  A six year old boy professed Jesus as his Lord and Savior with joy.  These are just some of the wonders that happen through the love and service of the staff of Palmer Home and because of the grace of God.

Someone called me recently crying out for us to help three children that had no parents to care for them and were staying in a different location almost every night.  At the end of the conversation she said, "Thank you.  You have given us hope."

Jesus has given us hope.  It is that hope that we pass on to these children and then nurture them to see them grow.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

She is Home!

When we were adopting Karina we met one of her good friends.  This was the girl that begged us to find a family for her.  On the day that Karina left the orphanage with us, this girl grabbed us and pleaded with us not to forget her, to pray for her and if we could, send someone to rescue her.
God answered her prayers and a year and a half later, she has come home to live with her new family not far from Karina.
It is good to see them together again and we praise God for the family that was willing to rescue another former orphan from the hopelessness she was facing.
Many of you prayed for this girl.  Thank you.  She is home.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Palmer Home for Children

Many have asked to know more about Palmer Home for Children where we are serving.  Palmer Home is a ministry for children growing up as social orphans without the nurture and support of a loving family.  Palmer Home provides a stable, Christ-centered home for these children.  To learn more, click on the link and see the mission statement below.
The mission of Palmer Home for Children is to reflect the hope and love of Christ by providing a stable, long-term Christ-centered home for children who lack an adequate family structure.

To that end Palmer Home, as it has since 1895, remains committed to privately-funded, non-government child care which keeps siblings together, models evangelical Christian values, mends emotional scars, restores self-esteem, and provides for each child the full opportunity to reach his or her God-given potential.

Palmer Home for Children currently serves nearly 100 boys and girls from birth through college age who live year-round on two campuses in Columbus, MS and near Hernando, MS. It also extends counseling to the family of origin, foster care, and other family-related services that Palmer offers through its well-qualified, professional staff.
Palmer serves both individual children and sibling groups, brothers and sisters who need and want to be together, providing opportunity for every child to learn traditional family values and to become responsible, caring adults. Each day is structured to provide a careful blend of education, work, family, fun and freedom - all the things a healthy child needs, including the incorporation of Biblical principles into every aspect of life.
But whatever the length of stay or depth of need, Palmer is there to extend effective, healing help, so that hurting children can dare to hope, to dream, and to love again...all because caring friends have chosen to participate in Palmer's growing outreach, prayerfully and lovingly providing financial support and volunteer help.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

My Best Friend, Peter

Noah and Peter
A boy named Peter lived in an orphanage in Russia but a family in the States decided to step out in faith and bring Peter and his sister into their family through adoption.

These two former orphans have lived with their new family for over four years now.

My children have loved getting to know this family  over the past year and one day I asked my eight year old son who his best friend was.

His answer was, "Peter is my best friend."

When we lived near this family Noah and Peter were almost inseparable, Noah prays for his friend, talks about him often and even named his favorite stuffed animal after Peter.

The best friend of my son is a boy that lived in an orphanage on the other side of the world but was adopted.

Think about that for a minute.

If this family had not adopted Peter, how much joy would be missed?

Peter would still be in an orphanage.

Noah would have never known his best friend.

How much is missed when we do not listen to God's calling to visit orphans in their distress?

How many best friends will our children never know?

To the family that adopted Peter... thank you for adopting my son's best friend.  The blessing of your adoption continues to spread.
Isaac, Noah and Peter fishing

Saturday, May 29, 2010

A Conversation with an Orphan

The school year has ended in many orphanages around the world and for those children 16 years or older that are done with high school, their opportunity to be adopted is most likely over.
They have "graduated" from the system and now they move on.
A small number will survive.
Most will become criminals and prostitutes.
Many will be dead within a few years.
All it takes to break this cycle is for someone like you to step out in faith, go get a child and make that child your own.

A friend recently had this conversation with an orphan that may never have the opportunity to be adopted:

Where is your mother?
She died.
Do you remember your mother?
Yes, of course, I do.
Did you live with her?
How long?
I don’t remember.
I’ll bet she was pretty.
(Smile) Of course she was.
What was her name?
(Long pause)  I don’t remember.
And what about your dad?
He’s in jail.
Has he been there for a long time?  Did you ever live with him?
Yes a long time, no I just lived with my mom.
(A little while later...)
What kind of family do you want one day?  A pretty wife?
No, I don’t want a wife,  but  I am going to adopt a child from an orphanage.
Why do you want to do that?
Because I know what it is like to live in an orphanage.  And my child will be thankful that I took him away from the orphanage, he will value what I will give him.
Like you would have valued if someone came for you?
Yes, but I live in the orphanage, I am not complaining.

Value.  This orphan understands at least a little bit about what is really important and what we should value.
What do you value?  Do you value these children enough to make life a little uncomfortable for a while to change the life of a child.  
You may come to find that a little discomfort now becomes the greatest blessing of your life.
And you will change the conversation with an orphan.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Welcome Home!

Last night, four former orphans welcomed home two more children that are no longer without a family.  What a joy it was to see all of these children and their families together.  Karina and her siblings love seeing children, no longer living in an orphanage on the other side of the world, coming to live with their family in a home and they pray that more and more children will be coming home soon.

Almost every week we receive messages from different orphans in different parts of the world asking the same question:  Is someone coming for me?

Friday, May 14, 2010

Thankful for Mom

Mother's Day is a special day for a former orphan.  Karina drew flowers, purchased a frame for the drawing, wrote a card and had it ready for Sheila on Mother's Day. 
"I am so thankful to have you as my mother."  Karina told Sheila.
A friend that ministers to orphans in Eastern Europe sent us this video recently and if you listen to the end you can hear orphans crying out for a mother...

Sunday, April 25, 2010

One Family Comes Home, Another Family Goes

Last week a family came home with their new son.  It was a great homecoming with many people welcoming a child, no longer an orphan, at the airport.  We praise God for this homecoming and we pray for this family as they learn to live as a family together.
Today we visited a church in Alabama and the pastor briefly touched on God adopting us as his children.  To describe adoption he said that in adoption God tells us we are his forever and I could not help but think of how that should also describe earthly adoption (obviously in our fallen world there are cases such as the one recently in the news with the woman sending her child back to Russia).
I pray that the boy we met at the airport last week soon understands that he belongs to his family... he is no longer an orphan... and, God willing, it will be that way forever.
There is another family that leaves for Ukraine tomorrow to bring two girls home and into their family.  We thank God for both of these families, for the example they set for us, for the faith they demonstrate, for putting fear aside, for not listening to worldly wisdom and stepping out to do what they have been called by God to do.
Our prayers go with this family.
As they leave they are still in need of money.
If anyone reading this will pray for them and support them, please visit their blog where you can donate and help them bring two orphans home:
If you cannot adopt... if you cannot go... will you give to help them adopt?

Sunday, March 21, 2010

James Walter Nasekos

The name of this blog is A Story of God's Grace.  We are so thankful for the grace that he pours onto us.  After an intense nine months that included a blood clot, hospitalization, the discovery of a near fatal blood disorder that could of taken the life of my precious wife and our unborn son... James Walter Nasekos was born on March 8.  Both baby and mother are doing great and James' five siblings are loving every minute with their new brother (and so are mom and dad).  He is such a joy and we thank God for his love and care of us and for this little blessing in our life.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Christmas Presents to Orphans in Ukraine

Many of you sent gifts for the orphans this past Christmas.  This is a video of the kids getting the presents.
Thank you!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

A Letter From Karina

Hello.  My name is Karina and I learned something that I want to share with you.
I was really upset about what I saw yesterday and  today.
I was an orphan in an orphanage in Ukraine.  There are a lot of kids that need a family in this orphanage and I was one of them.
Our life in the orphanage is not good.  We need love and we need parents.
Children in the orphanage are the same as children everywhere else except we are orphans and need a family... but I think that people think we are different.  Why do people think we are so different that they will not make us part of their family?
I was waiting for someone to adopt me for a long time but it never happened.  I wondered why it took so long.
Children in the orphanage are usually mean to each other, fight with each other and make fun of each other.
In our orphanage every child has imperfections and I was no different.  I had imperfections too but I did not see them.  I was looking at other people's imperfections instead of recognizing my own.
In 2008 I was adopted and left the orphanage.
I was really happy but I remembered the kids still in the orphanage and I knew they needed a family and most of all they need God.
He is our heavenly Father and we need his love more than anything else.
One year after I was adopted my daddy was planning a trip to Ukraine and I wanted to go with him.
He told me that we were not going to Ukraine just to "hang out".  We had a mission.  Our mission was to visit orphans and people that ministered to orphans.
I wanted to go with him and go to the orphanage where I spent so many years.
I was able to go with him to Ukraine and we went to the orphanage I came from.  I saw my friends and supervisors but the thing that made the biggest impact on me was that I saw a change in the orphans and I saw a big change in my heart because I realized that God had given me true life.
Everything went good while at the orphanage.
My friends asked me why I did not make fun of a boy that I use to make fun of when I lived at the orphanage.
I said, "I do not want to make fun of him anymore.  It is sin."
After that, the girl that use to be a good friend would no longer talk to me.
When we left the orphanage I was thinking about all of this and I realized that only God could have changed my heart from one that always joined in with the crowd and made fun of those that were weaker than me to one that wanted to help and care for those that were weak or "different".
When I was an orphan I would make fun of people.
I am no longer an orphan.
I wondered why the kids made fun of certain kids in the orphanage just because they looked a little different or were weaker than them.
I realized how sad it made the kids who were made fun of.  I realized how sad I made these kids when I did it.  I realized that I use to hurt people with my words.
Thinking about this made me cry.
I cried because I realized what I was like before I had a family.  I did things that were wrong but I did not know they were wrong.  No one ever taught me that they were wrong.  I had no one that loved me enough to teach me the things that are right and the things that are wrong.
I never knew how much I hurt people.  I never knew how sad people were because of my actions.
I never knew until today.
I know now that everyone has imperfections but we do not need to make fun of them.
I do not ever want to make fun of a person again.
I want to show them love.
I also want to tell you that there are a  lot of orphans that need a mom and dad.  These orphans have never been taught what is right and what is wrong.  Will you reach out to them, take them into your family and teach them?
If you do, there will be one less child crying in the orphanage tonight.

Prayer for a Family in Ukraine

Please pray for this family as they are in Ukraine adopting:

Sunday, February 14, 2010

A Wish Under a Bridge

Last night we drove under a bridge and Karina said, "In Ukraine every time you go under a bridge you are supposed to make a wish."

"Did you make wishes when you went under bridges in Ukraine?"  I asked.

"Oh yes!  Every time."

"What did you wish for?"

"For a mom and a dad, of course!"

Saturday, February 13, 2010


What a blessing daughters are.  God has blessed me with two daughters that I treasure immensely.  I thank God for Storey Grace and Karina.
I pray that God allows me to be a good father to them...
To raise them in the way of the Lord...
To protect them...
To teach them...
To love them...
To prepare them to be the women God wants them to be.
They truly are good gifts.
With Valentine's Day approaching I asked two of my Valentine's if I could take them to lunch.  They both excitedly agreed and so, yesterday, my two girls dressed up and went out with daddy.
We were able to eat lunch at a nice restaurant where we talked about how they were doing, how God was working in their life and spent time praying for them and their futures.
After lunch we walked around just talking, went to a flower shop and Storey Grace picked out pink flowers, Karina picked out white flowers and we picked out some purple flowers for mommy.
It was a great time with the girls God has given me.
I encourage all fathers to give their daughters some time this Valentine's Day weekend.
Your daughters need you.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Keep Me Warm, Daddy!

Right now it is 21 degrees Fahrenheit in Kiev... warmer than it was a couple of weeks ago... but still cold.
How cold does it have to be for you to put on a coat?
How cold is it when you put a coat on your children?
One of my favorite things in life is to snuggle up with my children and keep them warm.
"Keep me warm, daddy!"  they often tell me.  Warmth and love often go hand in hand.

For some children in Ukraine, even when the temperature drops below freezing, they do not put on a coat... because they have none.

There is an orphanage... there may be many.... where the children do not have coats to wear this winter.
Before we left for Ukraine several friends gave money to purchase coats for these children.  Thank you to everyone who gave.  I cannot imagine spending much time outside in this weather without a coat.
Thank you for showing your love for these children by keeping them warm.
It was an adventure getting the coats... driving through the snow, walking and sliding through the snow and ice, bargaining for a better deal, carrying big bags of coats and getting suspicious stares as our coat bags got larger and larger.
It was a joy to be able to do this.  Thank you for wrapping the kids up in warmth and love!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Deep Desire to be Loved and Adopted

The following is from a letter written by someone who visits orphans every day:
"Little boys shoveling snow in the freezing cold with no gloves... screaming teachers... older boys bullying younger ones... kids running wild around the orphanage... or lonely kids wandering the hallways alone... during the last few weeks I have seen all these things and more in the orphanage.
The reality of life in many orphanages is shocking.  
It is not a pleasant reality to talk about. 
For those of us looking in, it is much easier to pretend that it doesn’t exist.  
For the children trapped in the middle, it is easier to think “I am okay, I can make it”.   
But no matter how we all look at it, the harsh reality remains the same and it won’t go away until someone steps in to help.  That someone is ultimately God because He is the one who loves the children most of all, and I also believe that God wants to use us to help these kids know and understand His love. 
In many ways I feel helpless to do anything that will really make a difference for these kids.  
I feel that all I have left now is my voice, my words to express to you what I have seen and heard in the orphanages, to speak out for these children, and to communicate their deep desire to be loved and adopted into a family.
In these last few months the urgency of their needs seem to fill my heart even more, I have been quick to share with you about the desperate situation these kids are in.  
But as I long to share with you and show you the reality of life here, I have been reminded of an important lesson. . . .the lesson of what must come first, and that is crying out to God for these children.  He is the one who can save them.  He alone is the one who can work in hearts and lead His people to action on their behalf.
And so, today, I want to thank you for joining me in lifting these precious orphans up to the Father and ask you to continue.  He wants them to be loved and protected, safe and cared for. 
“The Lord watches over the alien and sustains the fatherless and the widow.” Psalm 146:9a    
“A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows is God in his holy dwelling.  God sets the lonely in families,”  Psalm 68:5-6a
And he calls us to be involved:  “Learn to do right!  Seek justice, encourage the oppressed.  Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.” Isaiah 1:17  
“Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed.  Psalm 82:3"
If you are interested in receiving a prayer calendar for the orphans, contact me.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Tragedy in Haiti

Through our adoption process we learned how governments and groups like UNICEF are responsible for keeping orphans from being adopted and in some instances causing the death of orphans.  The situation in Haiti is displaying this tragedy for the world to see.  Doug Philips of Vision Forum has been in Haiti caring for orphans since the end of January and explains the situation including his assessment of the missionaries accused of kidnapping.  Please visit his blog to learn more:

Monday, February 8, 2010

You Are The First Visitor In Over One Year!

Our hosts in Odessa are an amazing family.  They have committed their life to caring for orphans and the love they have for God and others is energizing and wonderful.  Their ministry, which we are partnering with, is far reaching and effective.  The four main areas of ministry consist of Orphan Outreach, Sunday Schools, Kids Games and Summer Camps.  The photo above is a picture of two team members preparing to visit sick children in a hospital and bring them joy through clowning (just another aspect of the ministry).  
Through the Orphan Outreach they are able to visit orphans in areas where almost no one visits.   As they entered one of the orphanages they were told that they were the first people to visit the orphans in over one year.
Think about that for a minute.
Imagine not one person coming to see you this year.
Now imagine that you are alone...
You have no family...
No friends...
No one to care for your needs...
Imagine that you are a small child...
And scared...
And no one ever comes to see you.

Now imagine that there are people around the place you are living that are commanded by the God they worship to visit you.
But they never come.  What would you think of their religion? What would you think of them?  What would you think they really believe?

What if you, as the little orphan child, were sitting on a crowded bus and you drove by a Christian's house one Sunday morning.
The yard was perfectly landscaped.
The house was huge and beautiful.
The people were dressed nicely as you saw them heading for the church building in their fancy car.

What thoughts would go through your mind as you witnessed this year after year after year?
You would understand what was important to the Christian.
And you would understand what was not important.
It is important to them to look good, have a well kept house and yard, have a nice car, be well educated, go to church and know all about good doctrine.  It is important to them to be healthy and wealthy.

But you...
And those with you....
You are not important.  You do not matter.
The Christian, by their lifestyle, would be reinforcing what you have already been told by others.
It would have been better if you had not been born.
You should go the way of your biological parents.
You are worthless.
You are stupid.
You should die.
Not even God cares about you.
These are the things that some orphans learn...
from the world and from Christians.
These are words that were spoken to our own daughter as she grew up in the orphanage.
Why are we partnering with this ministry?  Because they are doing what God calls all Christians to do... to visit orphans and widows in their distress.
Why are we involved in orphan ministry?  Because there are thousands of orphans that not only have no family... they also have no one to visit them... no one to teach them... no one to tell them about Jesus... no one to care for them physically or spiritually... and many of the Christians around them ignore them.
What about you, dear Christian?
What is your response to the orphans and widows?
What are we teaching them by our life?