Portion for Orphans Newsletter
April 8, 2008
In this issue:
Dear Portion for Orphans Partners,
The Bible says that people should give a little to help those less fortunate
(Dt. 24). It also says that it is pure religion to visit and help orphans
(James 1:27). So many of you are partnering with us to do just that and I am
daily as I see the impact and ripple effect it’s creating! Today it’s
your turn to take a look at the faces of some of the children and to see some
of the ways your donations are serving them.
We are a Christian organization, and as we are told in Colossians 3:23, we
do everything as unto the Lord… seeking to glorify Him in all that we
do. His love and compassion is literally put on display through each and every
project we fund. As a result, people in many nations where we work, are seeing
His love through our orphanage ministry. It is drawing them and laying the
foundation for all sorts of ministry opportunities. As you see the various
projects below, know that they are helping kids and opening doors for the gospel
to be shared. Children and orphanage caregivers are asking us to teach them
the Bible. They are requesting that we help them to expand their orphanages
and to start churches. Last year we were asked, by the director of New Life
Orphanage in India, to send someone to lead a pastor’s conference. 400
pastors attended and returned to their villages with a greater understanding
of how to teach about the grace of God. (We did not fund this event, but your
donations opened the doors for it to take place.) When God emphasized the importance
of visiting orphans, He knew that it would draw people towards Him.
The Philip Hayden Foundation is home to many special needs orphans in China.
They recently shared an urgent need for soy formula for their lactose intolerant
babies. Soy formula cannot be purchased in China. Thanks to the support
of many of you, we’ve just sent off two boxes full of soy formula for these
children. This is a common need for children’s homes in China. The same
foundation is raising funds for a building project that will allow them
to take in more children. You can learn more about the organization and how
can help at www.chinaorphans.org
Joanne Gorecki, a Portion for Orphans representative who
is currently teaching in China, has recently visited Philip Hayden Foundation's
what she had to say…“My experience at the Shepherd’s
Field, run by the Phillip Hayden Foundation, was amazing. The children
and well cared for. The foster home encourages the children to play with
toys and early development. Without exception, the Phillip Hayden Foundation
providing special-needs children with the proper love and care they deserve.” – Joanne
is Sammy, he needs a sponsor. He and others like him at the Philip Hayden
Foundation, and many other orphanages that we work with, need sponsors
to help cover the
cost of their daily needs.
for Orphans’ director, Sally Allred Lockett, along with
her mother, Katie Allred, will be visiting Mercy International www.houseofmercyfoundation.com in
Thailand [see map below], for the
month of April. This Christian organization directs various projects
will be seeking to form a relationship
with the directors and to identify needs that we can help meet. We will
also be spending time with the children, and taking them for swimming
lessons. Please pray that the trip would be fruitful, and that it would
enable all Portion for Orphans partners to join in a Christian ministry
to orphans in Thailand. Mercy International is currently constructing
new facilities to take in more children. Learn
more about this organization.
In addition to working with Mercy International, we will also visit
a number of organizations serving children who have been forced into
orphans fall victim to. We are seeking to learn more about this issue.
Click on Thailand or Nepal to learn more about
Sally and her mom will be spending the month of May revisiting
Parizat Nestling Home in Kathmandu, Nepal [see
map above]. The 50 girls who call Parizat
home never cease requesting that we return to teach them more about the
Bible. We will live among them and do exactly that. We will also be visiting
with the director, assessing the needs of the girls and checking on how
previous donations have been used. Our activities will also include teaching
swimming lessons, reading lots of bedtime stories, and doing crafts that
might one day turn into a form of income for the girls. Some of them
are orphans, others were found living in prisons along with their incarcerated
parents, for poverty related crimes.
The director has always dreamed of building a second home in order to
expand his work. We will be discussing the possibility of helping with
this new project. He has also requested that we find a pastor who will
start a Christian church next to the new home. Anyone interested?
“I want to thank the people who donated to send you here to help
us believe in God.”
Below are links to a CBS News YouTube clip on ‘Orphans Left to Starve
in Iraq’ and their rescue and improvement since.
Plenty of food and clothing was available. It was being sold by the caretakers
at the local market. As the news correspondent said, “How a nation cares
for its most vulnerable is one of the most important benchmarks for
the health of any society.”
Just before Kenya started having trouble with their elections
in December, the kids at Cypress Valley Bible Church’s Vacation Bible
School, in Marshall,
TX, raised funds to purchase 60 Bibles, one for each child at the Africa
Inland Church Orphanage outside of Nairobi. We had to delay the project.
Peace is now being restored. Please pray that the Bibles be purchased
and delivered without problems and that God would bless Catherine, our
representative who will be delivering them and sharing the gospel with
the children. We hope this will start a long-term discipleship program.
In the picture above, you see mattresses and various books that we donated
If you would like to make a tax-exempt donation to Portion for Orphans, please
send it directly to:
Portion for Orphans
P.O. Box 458
Marshall, TX 75671
100% of general donations are used to meet the needs of the children. We also
need help to cover trip and administrative expenses, but only donations designated
specifically for that purpose will be used in that way. The trips enable us
to assess needs, evaluate previous donations, to love on the children, and
to teach Bible and share the gospel.
Please pray that God would increase this ministry, enabling us to help orphans
in greater ways and to spread the gospel in all that we do.
Sally Allred Lockett
Founder/Director, Portion for Orphans