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Places I've been and recommend
Wings of Hope Haiti
In January of 2011 and 2012 I went to "Wings of Hope" in Haiti and am hoping to continue going every year. This orpanage is specifically for street children with disabilities. Their challenges are numerous, but they all know how to keep a smile on their face and have a good time. They are in the process of rebuilding the home they lost in the earth quake and can use your help! You can donate at www.heartswithhaiti.com
Tapestries of Life Mexico
I have gone to this orphanage in Juarez, Mexico three years in a row ('07, '08 & '09), and even though it is close to being completed the end is far from sight. Please consider donating to www.tapestriesoflife.com to help them complete their mission.
Here are some facts about the orphans in Mexico....
There are more than 100 million street children around the world who live in fear every day of their lives. UNICEF estimates that there are 10,000 homeless children in Juarez, Mexico alone.
1 million children are forced into sex markets every year to serve the increasing demands of organized sex tours from industrial nations, and drug trafficking.
5 million children under the age of 5 die every year of dehydration caused by diarrhea and other intestinal diseases.
Every minute, 15 children in the world die for want of essential food and inexpensive vaccines or vitamins.
St. Bernard Project New Orleans
The mission of the St. Bernard Project is to create housing opportunities so that Hurricane Katrina survivors can return to their homes and communities. The St. Bernard Project, a nonprofit, community-based organization carries out its mission through three primary programs: Rebuilding Program, Center for Wellness and Mental Health and Opportunity Housing Program.
Father's House Ukraine
Fathers House International was formed in response to God's call to care for the fatherless.Our vision is to meet the needs of orphans across the world as God opens doors; to reveal the love their heavenly Father has for them. In addition to finding practical ways to meet the needs of the fatherless for healing, food, clothing and shelter in their native countries, we also aid in facilitating the adoption of orphans into loving Christ-centered homes, as we are able. "A father to the fatherless...is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families, He leads forth the prisoners with singing..." Psalm 68: 5, 6. And as in Deuteronomy 10, "He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the alien giving him food and clothing. And you are to love those who are aliens, for you yourselves were aliens."
Group Workcamps NH, PA, TN, MA
Opportunities vary from home repair to community service...domestic to international. Service projects are determined by the most pressing needs of the communities we serve in. Project crews are divided into small teams (typically 1 adult and 5 young people) to promote strong friendships within each crew...and to build meaningful relationships with the people you are serving.
A Workcamp or Week of Hope mission trip is a powerful way to jumpstart your faith. It's unforgettable. It's fun! And, it changes the lives of your young people and the people they serve…maybe that's why so many church groups come back year after year.