Friday, February 27, 2009

Would you sponsor a child?

Dear Friends,
James 1:27 (NIV)
"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."

The orphanage where Sarah Beth was cared for while waiting to come home is having much financial struggle at this time. Because of the changing laws in Guatemala, many children - already matched with families - are caught in a system that does not seem to have the best interest of these precious ones at heart.

In the meantime, Eagle's Nest is unable to take in more children because the adoptions are all on hold and no families are allowed to be matched with incoming orphans. As a result, they can not take in children because there are no matched families to provide the needed funds for their care until they come home. When Sarah was there, they were caring for approximately 70 children, they are now down to 24 or less, and they have let most of the nannies go.

Our family is interested in sponsoring a child, the cost is $250.00 a month. When you consider that this covers the cost of full time care, food, milk, diapers, medical needs, etc... it is indeed a small amount. And of course, any amount is small when it provides for the needs of a child. Consider, if you have children in daycare, or dance, or music lessons, etc... what that cost is. These precious ones need these funds to provide for their very basic needs, not for the extras that our children enjoy.

We would like to find friends and family who would be interested in going in with others to sponsor a child, or encourage you and your family to fully sponsor a child and find others who would be willing to do so as well. The Eagle's Nest home is run by American Missionaries, these children are being loved on and cared for in the name of Christ and this ministry desperately needs help RIGHT NOW from the body of Christ.

I urge you to go to their website at, and click on the link for "Sponsor a Child". Here's an excerpt from their website from the "boys" page. They have both boys and girls available for sponsorship. You can see their precious faces and choose one to sponsor. They currently need only 8 more sponsors for children currently in their care, and with additional sponsors, they will be able to take in more children again.

"We have a few faithful sponsors of our little boys without families. Thank you! As you can see they are growing and went through chicken pox and colds and some pneumonia was reported. I wish sickness did not touch children, but we deal with it as will their parents soon. $250 a month is like a car payment for some thank you for those who sacrifice so the babies can be cared for. We are called weekly to take on more babies, but until we have sponsors we can’t take them in. Please consider share this need with your friends. Children Home expenses and Nido Camp and Chapel expenses are separate accounts. The children need your help. “How Can I Help?” pages gives instruction to how you can get involved. God Bless"

I know that things are tight right now for most people. We understand, but there are things we can cut back on to support a precious one. How about you? We would be glad to facilitate putting together a group of people to support a child. Perhaps your Sunday School class would consider taking on a child, or your family members, or a group of friends. Donations can be made directly to the orphanage through paypal. If we can help facilitate, please email me at Or go with your family or group directly through their site and contact them about sponsoring one of these precious ones.

Abiding in His grace, and seeking desperately to die to myself so that HE might live through me,

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