A Ministry to Orphans.
My adulthood probably followed the same path as most of you. After college, I married my high school sweetheart, began my career, and started a family. Life was good. September 1993 rolled around, and I gave birth to my third child, our son William. My world quickly shattered as my son went home to Jesus on his 9th day of life. I felt devastated. Actually, I felt totally, utterly lost and without hope. Words cannot really describe the depth of the pain. I questioned everything about my life, including my faith. What was the purpose of any part of my life? I felt, no, I knew, there had to be more to life than living and dying. However, I did not know what it could be.
The Ministry History
God used this event in my life to plant a seed of hope for a better world. The death of my son began my quest to help other children in difficult circumstances in faraway countries. After a few mission trips, God started to reveal the plight of orphans to me. Finally, after a mission trip to Kenya, I saw the light of His calling on my life and knew I needed to care for orphans. James 1:27, “Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you (NLT).” I understood what I needed to do. After much prayer and paperwork, Orphan Relief Effort was born as a registered 501c3 charity. God gave me new hope in life.
We built our first orphanage in Kenya in 2005 to provide for the growing number of AIDS orphans. God taught me many things during ten years of service to the orphans in Western Kenya. Nonetheless, after a time, He closed that door and called us to work in other areas. The time in Africa taught me the right way to do things and the wrong ways. I still thank God for the friendships and adventures during those early years.
The Current Homes
The charity now operates orphanages in two countries, Nepal and Myanmar. We provide each child with shelter, education, medical attention, food, clothing, and love. We want the children to have hope for a future.
Grace Children’s Home in Nepal provides for 26 children ranging in age from 7 to 18. The children come from extreme poverty. The sizeable human trafficking trade in Nepal puts these impoverished children at high risk of falling into the hands of slavers. We rescued a couple of the boys from the street of the city. God blessed us to reach them before anyone else. One young girl had all her siblings sold to a circus in India as indentured servants, but God saved her from such a horrible life. We rescued a 14-year-old girl before her marriage to a 45-year-old man. These are a few of the stories of how God saved some of these little ones. Now they are happy, healthy in a safe environment. We provide education on human trafficking to children, so they understand how to protect themselves.
Home of Hope in Myanmar cares for 50 children of varying ages. Most of these children become orphans because of the long-term civil unrest in the country. The largest religion in Myanmar is Buddhism, and persecution of Christian is widespread. We physically relocated the home twice due to this persecution. We finally built a safer home in a better area. When we began working in this area, malnourishment and school absenteeism presented significant problems for the children. These children are now healthy and attend school regularly. We offer other education opportunities like reproductive health to the children.
Hope for 2021
This past year offered new challenges due to COVID-19. We could not visit the homes because of travel restrictions. School closed in Myanmar and Nepal, so the children fell behind. Donations fell off significantly due to so many out of work or with uncertain futures here in the USA. And a military coup occurred in Myanmar, leaving us with even more uncertainties for our work’s future.
As 2021 dawns, we continue to hope for a better year. That is because our hope is in the Lord. And we find strength in the word of God. Verses like Phillippians 1:6 help us continue on; “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” God remains in control no matter the circumstances we face. He provided in the past and will again this year.
Even with limited resources, both homes continue to help more orphans in desperate situations. We continue to shine the light of Christ’s hope into dark corners of the world. We stand firm on the promises of God to give the children hope and a future.
If you would like to learn more, you can follow our work on the links listed below. You can also read more about my journey in my book called Turning Mountains into Molehills.
Thank you, and God bless you.
Yvonne M. Morgan
Yvonne was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and is a wife, mom, and grandmother. However, she is most importantly, a lover of Jesus and passionate about prayer and missions. She is the author of Turning Mountains into Molehills (2017 4RV Publishing), which gives readers a first-hand look at her journey into the mission field. You can connect with Yvonne at www.turningmountainsintomolehills.org
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