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.
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.
By God's grace we desire to live our life to serve and glorify Jesus. He is our treasure. He is the one we trust. He is the one we love.
We are a family of eight praying that God will use us to minister to orphans around the world and encourage Christians to reach out in mercy to orphans. At home we serve with Palmer Home for Children. Palmer Home is a ministry to children who are growing up as social orphans without the nurture and support of a loving family. Palmer provides a stable, Christ-centered home for these children. Internationally we serve with Share the Hope. Share the Hope ministers to orphans around the world. Both at home and around the world we proclaim good news of Jesus Christ and reach out in mercy to these precious children. We hope that this blog is a testimony to you of God's mighty hand and that you are encouraged to serve Jesus with all your heart and to reach out to orphans.
Matthew, Sheila, Karina, Harrison, Isaac, Noah, Storey Grace and James!