Now I wish I could tell you this was a church activity (smile), but we used these jeep races that have been advertised in our city for weeks now as an opportunity to reach out to the older boys in the "51st Army" orphanage. Just a few days before the jeep races, we offered to pick up 10 of the boys and bring them to the races (which were held on a Sunday afternoon). Then, afterwards, we took them to our church services.
Before we drove to church, we fed our group grilled hot dogs, chips, cookies, and cokes: The largest percentage of the 45 kids, ages 4-17, in the "51st Army" orphanage are still unsaved. More than anything, we want to reach these children with the Gospel. Those who have been saved are mostly from the group of "middle-aged" kids... roughly ages 8-12. The ones who are the hardest to reach are the teens, and the hardest teens to reach are the guys.
I have explained before that orphans here are generally not those whose parents have died, but those who have been abandoned. These kids have been through terrible circumstances that most of us could never understand. Not only have they been abandoned by father and mother; they feel they have been abandoned by God. We have talked to these teens about their need for Christ, but many of them still have a long way to go before they will open their hearts to Him. They are a rough bunch, but we are not giving up on them!
We serve in every ministry of the church as a family. Below, you can see that our children were blessed to get their picture taken with a clown at the races. This was a highlight for them!
Please pray for "our" orphans and their salvation!