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Helping Orphans Overseas

Helping Orphans Overseas

By Jim Clark - Director of the Christian Service Center

 

 

 

For the last nine years I’ve had the privilege of leading theChristian Service Center, a ministry to the poor of Abilene. We help folks with clothing, food, householdgoods, emergency dental help, box fans during the summer and blankets and spaceheaters during the winter. We also offerspiritual direction by giving them Bibles and praying with them. It is an absolute joy to lead this ministrythat honors Christ. One aspect of this ministry that surprised me was how thiswork goes beyond the borders of Abilene.Over the years we’ve sent clothing and other goods to victims ofhurricanes, those hit by the tsunami in Japan,and to the poor of Honduras. I was reminded once more of this privilege oftouching lives overseas when God provided us an opportunity to partner withYouthReach International. {{more}} Tony and Shana Morrow of Abilene work with this group tominister to orphans in the Ukraine, ages 5-17.The government allows them to teach the children Christian ethics, Biblestories and how to have a relationship with God. I had a chance recently to sit down withShana and let her tell me about this ministry. Describe to me theorphanages and why these kids are there. These are government run orphanages. Tony and I have a lot of freedom to ministerto these kids spiritually since they are in such remote areas. 90% of the kids in Ukraine are “social orphans” – whereparents cannot take care of them due to the parents’ abuse of alcohol, lack of moneyor family violence. How do you use itemsfrom the Service Center to help these kids? Mymother and I collect toys whichTony, my daughter and I take to the orphans on our trips to the Ukraine. We alsoprovide clothing from the Service Center to the orphanswhen they graduate and go to trade school. What about those hygiene kits you puttogether for the orphans? Shana Morrow and her mother, Judith Wilson, load clothing at the Christian Service Center for orphans in the Ukraine. Photo courtesy of Jim ClarkYouwouldn’t believe how excited these kids are to get their own toothbrush. Or soap.Or shampoo. Soap is in suchlimited supply in the orphanage that they need to borrow a sliver of soap fromthe workers there and then return it after their shower. We also give them socks, gum, a notebook, anda pen. How have youwitnessed the impact of these gifts on these kids? The donations from you guys open doors. When seeing us give these material goods, thedirector gives us more time with the kids. We have more favor.   How could peoplelearn more about your organization? It’s based in Atlanta and used to be called World Wide YouthCamp. You can go to our website to learnmore: http://www.youthreach.org/ Tony and Shana are thinking of moving to the Ukraine to havean even greater impact on these kids. Theirdaughter, Elizabeth, has gone with themto the Ukrainethree times and would love to move there with her parents.Thank the Lord for YouthReach International and for the donors to theChristian Service Center who enable us to help children in Abilene andoverseas, that they may experience the love of Christ in tangible ways.