Posts Tagged ‘children’

In Memorium : Alcyon Fleck

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

ICC lost its founder, Alcyon Fleck, on May 25, 2015. After a short illness, Alcyon passed to her rest. We still mourn her passing, but we also celebrate her life, for she leaves behind a lasting legacy of love.

A young girl from ICC’s children’s village in Mexico, sleeps in Alcyon’s lap while Alcyon was visiting the project.

Alcyon Fleck and one of the orphans for whom she provided a home.

From her early childhood, Alcyon had an interest in helping orphan children. She eagerly followed the antics of the little cartoon character, Orphan Annie, and this made a deep impression on her. Even at a young age she felt drawn to help orphan children.

In later years, when she and her husband, Ken, served as missionaries in Central America, she was keenly aware of the conditions of many orphaned and at-risk children. Her compassion for these children often lead her to provide temporary care for the most neediest cases. Little did she realize at that time that the Lord was preparing her to create the ministry of International Children’s Care.

Through the years, Alcyon was a driving force for this ministry. Her foresight and vision helped her create a model of care for orphans that closely resembles a natural family. Her love and compassion for children ran deep, and she was affectionately known as “Mommy Fleck” to hundreds of children. Her care and concern for the children’s well-being motivated her to reach out to caring individuals like you.

Alcyon was always amazed at the way you came to the rescue of the ICC children, especially when they needed it most. Actually, you have been a driving force for ICC. Your support, your prayers, your interest encouraged Alcyon, and she never took for granted the important role you have in rescuing and restoring the lives of orphan children.

Alcyon loved the children. And they loved her in return. When news spread around the internet that Alcyon had died, many of the children posted comments on Facebook about what Alcyon meant to them. One boy wrote that he had lost his “angel.” It’s symbolic, for sure, but it tells of the deep love and respect he had for Alcyon. In a sense, you give ICC children the love of angels when you give a gift to the Alcyon Angel Fund.

Even though Alcyon has passed away, her legacy of love lives on through this fund that bears her name. Alcyon’s Angel Fund helps us provide care to children who desperately needed a loving home and have no other place to go. Help to rescue and restore a child’s life in her memory by sending a gift today.

It was in May, 2014, that Alcyon wrote what would be her final personal message for the Que Pasa. It was a fitting final message as you can see from this excerpt:

Dear ICC Family,
It has been a long time since I have written a letter to you… Most of you know that I lost Ken, the love of my life, [to] bone cancer. It has been a challenge to learn how to run my own life without his valuable help. But he fell asleep in Jesus and I know I will see him again on the resurrection morning. I can hardly wait for that day to come.

International Children’s Care is still a priority in my life, and all of these needy children are the objects of my prayers. I thank the Lord every day for our ICC family and your faithful support for our children…

These little children who have come to us to find a home have also learned to know the Jesus who loves them.

We are looking forward to the day when that same Jesus will welcome them into their Heavenly home, and that will be a permanent home.

In closing I just want to thank each of you for your loyal cooperation in helping us care for so many of these precious children whom I know are precious to Jesus too.

With my love to each of you,
Alcyon

While all of us at ICC were saddened by Alcyon’s passing, we are encouraged by the blessed hope we have in Jesus, which she believed in with all her heart—that one day we will be together with our Lord and reunited with all our loved ones in an earth made new.

Please know that you are leaving a lasting legacy of love through your support.

We have included a few of the messages received through posts and messages on Facebook that came in response to the news of Alcyon’s passing:

“We are sure she will inherit the kingdom of God, as she had lived for Jesus and done the best for His precious children. In honor of her, we will try to do our best to carry on the task she started that we may meet her in the new earth to come.” — David, ICC administrator

“How sad to learn of the loss of my mother, my Mommy Fleck. Oh how much I loved her, and she knew it! Thank God for that Angel who gave us life… What we are today we owe to that beautiful family which forged values and principles within us for eternity.” — From one of “His Kids”

“I love you Mommy, you who are everything, and thanks for helping all of us from the children’s village. You and you alone are our heroine most loved in this world.” — From one of “His Kids”

“A person filled with love, generosity and service. Mommy Fleck always gave love in our lives. We carry her in our heart, but we realize that we will see her in Heaven together—the family that we are.” — From one of “His Kids”

“The feeling of all of us who were impacted by the unconditional service of Mommy Fleck is the same, sadness. But we know she rests in peace. I wish I would have been able to tell her personally, ‘Thanks for changing my life.’” — From one of “His Kids”

You may view a video of Alcyon’s memorial service at this link: http://vimeo.com/140318853

Las Palmas Receives Visitors

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

While in the Dominican Republic as members of a group participating in a church-building project, a party of friends, organized by Nancy Wilson (wife of Elder Ted Wilson, General Conference President of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church), took time to visit our Las Palmas Children’s Village.

Jean Parchment, one of the groups members, wrote this first-hand account of the group’s visit to Las Palmas.

They toured the Las Palmas campus and spent time with the children and staff. We at ICC would like to thank our special visitors for taking the time to come and see our children’s village.

“My excitement grew as the bus turned into the gate of Las Palmas. We sensed that we were going to meet some very special and precious people.

“We were not disappointed. The director; Samilin Williams met us with warm hugs. Her welcome reflected the warmth and kindness of the staff and children to whom we were introduced.

“I was extremely impressed by the well kept campus. The school and homes also reflect cleanliness, orderliness and neatness.

“I must hasten to note that my greatest joy was seeing seemingly well-adjusted children of all ages, enjoying the care and love of their teachers, director and foster parents in a natural family setting.

“A handsome and very personable young man, a resident since he was four-years-old and now a college student, came to the director and spontaneously hugged her. Wow! I thought, this speaks volumes. What I witnessed truly demonstrated the warm relationship that they share.

“We were privileged to meet a young teacher, one who went through the system of Las Palmas and is now giving back, teaching with love and kindness.

Jean Parchment (at left) and her group visit the school at the Las Palmas Children's Village.

Jean Parchment (at left) and her group visit the school at the Las Palmas Children's Village.

“Las Palmas demonstrates hands-on love of God for His children. I made the trip to deliver gifts but I received inspiration and blessings that cannot be measured by volume, time, money or distance.

“It is reassuring to realize that funds donated are being used as intended. My resolve to do all I can to help ICC projects deepened. This work is evangelism in its most powerful and effective form. Didn’t Jesus Himself declare that ministering to His precious children is pure and undefiled religion?

“Thank you ICC for your vision and sustained support of this awesome work, thank you for the privilege of being a part of your ministry.”

— Jean Parchment —

A Shelter In Their Time of Storm

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

We all remember Hurricane Katrina. Not the largest storm to ever reach the US mainland, nor the strongest, yet how can we forget the apocalyptic scenes and trail of destruction it left behind; an entire metropolis in ruins and a country in shock. Then just about a year ago, Sandy came and again we witnessed more destruction and ruin, even in places usually safe from such phenomenon.

Satellite view of typhoon Haiyan

Satellite view of Typhoon Haiyan

The Philippines is a very poor nation made up of a little over 7,000 small islands, situated in what geologists call the Ring of Fire. It is also home to over 30 active volcanoes. Earthquakes and powerful storms are common in this part of the world and the Filipino people have learned to cope with it, yet no one could have prepared them for what befell them on November 8.

Typhoon Haiyan, or Yolanda as the Filipinos named it, was something they had never seen before. Its sheer size and destructive power would move both Katrina and Sandy down the scale. It covered the entire archipelago and far beyond. Its destructive force knew no equal and spared no one. Now the country lies in ruins and millions of people, many of them women and children, are homeless.

Survivors sort through debris following Typhoon Haiyan http://www.flickr.com/photos/novefirenze/

Survivors sort through debris following Typhoon Haiyan — Photo: Nove foto da Firenze - Creative Commons license

As you know, International Children’s Care operates a village for orphaned and abandoned children in the Philippines. We came there in the late 90s because of the thousands of destitute children living in the streets. Fortunately the children’s village is located in the northern region, and away from the main brunt of the storm, and we are grateful to the Lord for that. But in all reality there was no safe place in the Philippines during this storm.

As servants of the children the Lord has entrusted to us, we feel a very strong sense of responsibility for them. We pray unceasingly for them. But we also think about the others, the unreached ones, the ones not inside our little cities of refuge. As Christians we know that life in this world of ours will only get worse. People are growing more evil, more selfish, and more calloused about the less fortunate. And what about terrible natural disasters like the one afflicting our Filipino brothers and sisters right now? The Bible tells us that those will also get worse.

A young girl makes her way through downed powerlines following Typoon Haiyan http://www.flickr.com/photos/novefirenze/10823475466/sizes/o/in/photostream/

A young girl makes her way through downed power lines following Typhoon Haiyan — Photo: Nove foto da Firenze — Creative Commons License

The eyes of the world are on the Philippines right now, and that is good. Humanitarian aid organizations are shipping resources and personnel to assist the needy. But what is going to happen when all these philanthropists leave after a few months? Who is going to care for the child who lost his mommy and daddy in the flood? Who is going to take her home and love her?

The physical storm has passed, but the real storm in the lives of the orphaned, the abandoned, and the homeless has only begun, a very long storm that may last the rest of their lives. And that’s where ICC comes in, becoming a shelter in their time of storm, not only in the Philippines, but in Congo, in India, in Guatemala and all the other countries where we are present.

We want to thank you today for being part of their family, for being that much needed shelter in their time of storm. Our hearts ache every time a child suffers, but we are also very grateful that with your help we can do something and offer them a loving hand. No, this world is not going to get any better. Worse things will happen and more and more, children will be left homeless. Thank you for partnering with us today to make a difference.

A Letter From ICAP

Friday, August 30th, 2013

ICC’s presence in Guatemala includes not only the Los Pinos Children’s village but also the ICAP secondary school. This school has expanded and developed into a wonderful institution that benefits ICC children those from the region.

We recently received the following update from Dr. Alejandro D’Oleo who is ICC’s Director of Education.

My dear brethren and friends,

May the peace of God be with you today and always.

This is to inform you about the latest news about ICAP. I’m pleased to inform you that God has performed a great miracle for ICAP. The Nursing Degree program was approved to start in 2014 with the support of San Carlos University, even though not all of the documentation has been completed that we are working on. Also, we are working on starting to offer as of 2014 a few other degrees which were approved by the MINEDUC (Ministry of Education).

Our school had a good showing in its participation in the Science Olympics, obtaining first prize in biology. They also participated for the first time in an academic activity carried out by the Guatemala Adventist Union at a national level, and they managed to get second place with a very small margin – they almost got first place. In another area, our band has been representing ICAP in several events. Right now they are participating in an activity for bands in the capital city of Guatemala, and they are preparing to participate in the civic activities which will soon take place in this department (province).

However, sadly, not all the news is good. The day after we got the good news regarding approval of the nursing program, two of our graduating students who had just completed their social service work were returning to ICAP by motorcycle, and they had an accident near the Blue Lagoon (on the road from Poptun). One perished in the accident, and the other is in delicate but stable condition in the hospital. This situation has created a very sad atmosphere at ICAP, especially because the young man who died is from the Miranda family who have been a big support to the institution.

Please, I ask for your prayers for ICAP. The enemy is working against our institution. Every year around graduation we have had accidents that bring pain to the ICAP families. However, we have nothing to fear of the future than that we forget the way God has led ICAP in the past.

Thanks very much for your prayers.

Sincerely,

Alejandro D’Oleo
ICC Director of Education and supervisor of ICAP

A Special Message From India

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

We are passing along to all of you, as requested by the sender, this note from the director of our children’s village in India, Lilly Kaligithi.

Dear Friends;

As you celebrate this Christmas may our Lord’s birth be experienced in your hearts and bring you joy and hope for eternal bliss. Soon we will enter into another New Year, 2013. May the Lord guide and bless every step that you take and every decision you make.

God has blessed Sweet Home in many ways. My heart is filled with gratitude as I look back on what our children have accomplished by the grace of God. One boy completed Masters in Biotechnology, and received a medal for his outstanding performance. Four [children] have graduated with a B.Sc. Degree in Nursing and nine have graduated from Academy.

They certainly made me proud. I wish to take this opportunity to thank each one of you for your great support and encouragement.

“And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones; and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water whose waters fail not.” Isaiah 58:11

With best wishes and Season’s Greetings from your Sweet Home Family;

Lilly F. Kaligithi

Conflict Intensifies in Congo – ICC Children Still Safe

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Perhaps you have seen or heard reports about the violence that has recently erupted in the Democratic Republic of Congo. ICC’s director of the Patmos Children’s village sent us an update today. Here is an excerpt:

We are not happy to pass you this information about Goma town. The situation has become worse since 16th in the morning at 04:00am, because people started running away from Goma town and from places around Goma town.

Rebels have surrounded the town, airport, radios, main roads and all these are under their control. No markets are operating at this time and all shops have been closed. Vehicles have been stopped to pass within the town and many vehicles have been taken away. Hospitals have been closed and even all the doctors have run away from the town.

We need your prayers so that the situation can be able to calm dawn.

We sent our boat to go and pick our people who are still within Goma town.

God should be praised because [we have not heard of] any person who has been injured yet and all are still living.

We shall continue informing you in case the situations changes. Patmos village children are afraid because they are hearing bad news from all sides even when they see helicopters passing going to support the war within Goma, things which are not common to them.

For ICC-PROLASA DRC Congo

Murhima Désiré.

Baking Bread In Romania!

Friday, October 5th, 2012

After many years of construction and untold hours of labor from volunteers and local workers the ICC Romania Bakery is now baking bread! As part of the start-up team, ICC sent two volunteers to assist with marketing, accounting and general oversight.

A loaf of bread from the first batch of bread to ever be baked in the new bakery established at the ICC Romania Children's Village

A loaf of bread from the first batch of bread to ever be baked in the new bakery at the ICC Romania Children's Village.

One of those volunteers, Jerry Grecian, called on Wednesday, October 3 to say that the bakery was up and running! They baked 40 loaves of bread the first day. The kids helped to celebrate the start-up. The group who gathered sang songs, prayed and enjoyed the fresh baked bread. Jerry said he never saw bread disappear so quickly.

The baker from the Netherlands who has helped to open the new bakery at ICC's Romanian Children's Village

Theo, The Dutch Baker (on the right) and his colleague, Ben (on the left) with the first batch of bread from the new bakery at the ICC Romania Children's Village.

Other members of the start-up team include Theo, a Dutch baker, and his colleague, Ben. They had arrived Tuesday evening, October 2, and it was rewarding to see that they were already baking bread the next day! Praise the Lord!

Thank-you to all volunteers and donors who have contributed to this industry. We pray that it will be a financial blessing to our ICC family in Romania.

Kent Greve
International Development Director, ICC

Water Emergency

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Water. It’s often taken for granted when you turn on the faucet anticipating a clear stream of liquid to refresh, to cleanse, to invigorate. Nothing satisfies thirst like water, and when a problem in the supply system interrupts the flow of water to our ICC children it becomes an urgent problem that requires immediate attention. This is what happened at ICC’s Los Pinos Children’s Village in Guatemala. The children’s homes and facilities draw water from two wells, and recently the children and staff were totally without the use of either of them.

The well behind the bakery has a broken pipe inside, and the workers can’t get the pump out. The problem was immediate, and our administrator had to solve it quickly. The pump motor on the other well burned out, and the shaft is broken.

For a very short time, water was shared from an emergency well at ICAP, the secondary school whose property is next to Los Pinos. However, this was only a temporary solution.

The cost of purchasing a new pump for the second well is $1,543. Our administrator, Joel Carpio, had no choice but to purchase the pump and quickly put it into service. Once again, water flowed through the system and our children and staff had the supply they needed.

Problem solved? In one sense, yes, and in some years, it may not have mattered too much if Joel had to use operating funds for this out-of-budget purchase. But this year it matters very much because the summer months have seen donation income decrease significantly at ICC. This has put a huge strain on all our projects as we’re not always able to send operating funds at the time they are needed. ICC project administrators like Joel are trying their best to keep the essential operations moving along, despite the hardships. When something like the broken wells occurs, it causes added strain to the budget. In this situation, Joel had to use money from his already depleted operational funds which are desperately needed to provide for the care of our children.

I’m writing today to make you aware of this situation. We need your prayers. We need our Heavenly Father’s blessing from the “windows of heaven” so that Joel is able to have sufficient operating funds to provide for the daily care of the children. If you feel the nudge to assist Joel please let us know. You can also send your donation marked “Guatemala Need.”

Thank-you for your continued interest and support of ICC’s children and projects around the world. It’s the ongoing, consistent support of our faithful supporters that makes this ministry for orphaned and abandoned children possible. Without you, we’d not be able to care for them. So, in a sense, it’s our supporters who put the “care” into International Children’s Care. May God richly bless you for your care and support of the children.

In His service,

Kent Greve
International Development Director

Flooding in The Philippines

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Some of you may have seen the news reports about the severe flooding that occurred last month in the Philippines as a result of tropical storm Haikui, Typhoon Saola and the heavier than average annual monsoons. ICC’s children’s village was impacted as two of the houses in the children’s village were affected by flood water. The bridge and front gates were also washed away.

Fortunately the children are safe. Praise the Lord. The school provided shelter for some of the indigenous families from the community.

Photo of damage from flooding in the Philippines — Photo Credit: Mathias Eick EU/ECHO – Creative Commons License

Photo Credit: Mathias Eick EU/ECHO – Creative Commons License

ICC Australia launched a fundraising effort to help resolve the issues. This includes:

  • Emergency repairs to children’s homes
  • Medicines/vitamins
  • Front access road temporary repair
  • Food, clothing, personal care items, medical supplies and kitchen items for indigenous families

To help support this initiative, please contact the ICC office at 800-ICC-Pray.

Teddy Bears Help ICC Kids Get To Sleep

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

We received this note from Ronny Van Dessel of ICC Belgium telling us of a rather unique donation for the children of ICC.

Recently, ICC Belgium was contacted by Mrs. Sabrina Polakoff, who wanted to donate to us 100 ‘Lulabie Teddy Bears’.

The Lulabie Bears are the first ever long-lasting, scented, sleep-well, aromatherapy teddy bears for babies and young children designed to aid in a good nights sleep.

Sabrina Polakoff and Ronny Van Dessel hold a Saffie teddy bear

Sabrina Polakoff and Ronny Van Dessel (left and right respectively) hold one of the “Saffie” bears from The Lulabie Bears collection. The teddy bears were donated by Mrs. Polakoff to ICC Belgium.

The Lulabie Bears come in four different colors. Each of the bears also has a name with an educational meaning. The beige bear is named ‘Rubie’ and stands for respect, the pink bear is named ‘Rhodie’ and stands for love & education, the blue bear is named ‘Saffie’ and stands for energy and the brown bear is named ‘Selie’ and stands for everything that has to do with nature.

We also received a very nice surprise when arrangements were made to pick up the bears in Antwerp. Because another organization wasn’t able to accept their donation of bears, ICC Belgium received not 100 bears, but 200 bears!

ICC Belgium is very happy that 200 ICC children, or possibly children who are living near our projects, can be made happy with these beautiful ‘Lulabie Teddy Bears’.

Ronny Van Dessel
ICC Belgium