Archive for January, 2020

Miracle in the Pepper Patch

Tuesday, January 21st, 2020

Your ongoing support enabled the El Oasis Children’s Village in Mexico to operate and expand a very important sustaining industry. Thank you!

We’ve reported in the past about the pepper project. Just like last year, we experienced a miracle when the killing frost descended into our valley where the El Oasis Children’s Village is located.

Other farmers lost their crops. Only the El Oasis peppers remained undamaged. The harvest continued until all the peppers were gathered in. Praise the Lord!

You may recall that in March after the seedlings were planted, a special service dedicated the crop to God.

Now, with the growing season behind us, we can see how God has blessed and preserved His precious plants so they can provide for the needs of His precious children!

What a testimony this field of peppers has given to neighbors in the surrounding area!

Thank you for your continual support of “His Kids!”

Watch videos of this project at this link — Pepper Project Videos

10 Days of Prayer for Orphans

Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

Keep the prayers ascending for “His Kids” January 19-28, immediately following the world church’s 10-Days of Prayer.

Please join in a special 10 Days of Prayer for Orphans in our ICC Children’s Villages. This event will take place January 19–28, and follows the world-wide week of prayer sponsored by the SDA Church.

There will be a different prayer focus on each of the 10 days. The following are suggested prayer topics…

 


1• Sab, Jan 19 —

Pray for the healing of the “Holes in the Hearts” of orphaned and abandoned children.

When a new child comes to live at an ICC children’s village, he or she is immediately placed in a loving family. Yet, emotional healing does not take place overnight. The pain of being neglected, abused, or orphaned leaves a big hole in the heart of a child. It takes a while for a hurting child to be happy and to feel loved.

Pray for children that are still healing. Pray that they can accept the change that is taking place in their lives and that they will trust the love that is freely given to them.

2 • Sun, Jan 20 —

Pray for the education of ICC’s young school children.

Every child at an ICC children’s village is provided education. Yet, outside of ICC, education is not a guarantee for many children around the world. Those who have been orphaned or abused are even more disadvantaged.

It’s not uncommon for children to arrive at ICC with no prior formal education, or to be delayed in learning because of trauma. Pray that children may overcome these disadvantages, so that they may do well in school. Pray that they may catch up to the grade level for their age and that they will be blessed by their Christian education.

3 • Mon, Jan 21 —

Pray for the education of ICC’s grown children.

As children grow, they must prepare for life outside of the Children’s Village. Thanks to the care of donors, like you, higher education and technical training are possible. It is this “finishing touch” that helps these young people to thrive on their own in the world. Yet, it can be difficult for them to decide on the best way to be independent.

Pray for the young people as they make important decisions about their education and future. Pray for them to do well in school. Pray that they follow God’s guidance and that they become productive and thriving members of the community.

4 • Tue, Jan 22 —

Pray for the children’s caregivers.

It is a true mission to be a house parent at an ICC Children’s Village. Children come to ICC from all different situations and walks of life. Also, each child responds to trauma in different ways. Some children respond to pain by acting out, others by suppressing their emotions.

Caretakers have to be capable, adaptable, and available to many different children. They are truly the on-the-ground “hands and feet” of Christ. Pray that they may have wisdom. Pray that they find comfort and support in this critical mission work.

5 • Wed, Jan 23 —

Pray for the safekeeping of the ICC Children’s Villages.

When we see photos of the smiling faces of our dear children around the world, it’s easy to forget that they live in dangerous parts of the world. Stories of warfare in DR Congo are shocking. Even in Central American countries, the fear of gang violence and political upheaval can threaten the safety of the children.

Praise God for the protection that He daily provides.

Pray that the children may continue to be kept safe from external danger.

6•  Thu, Jan 24 —

Pray for the campus industries.

A thriving industry is an essential way for ICC children to receive the quality, ongoing care they need. The more self-sustaining a project can be, the more consistent the care is for the children.

It’s also an effective way for the generous gifts of donors to be multiplied, giving back to the children. As sustaining industry options are explored and built upon, pray that they may reach their highest potential. Pray that the workers may have wisdom, and pray for a full harvest.

7• Fri, Jan 25 —

Pray that the villages have a positive impact on their communities.
While the main purpose of ICC is to care for orphaned and abandoned children, there is often a secondary mission work to reach out to and positively impact the surrounding communities of a Children’s Village.

Outside of the blessing of adding jobs and income to communities, the Villages also provide opportunities for others to learn about Jesus. Churches have been planted and communities have benefited from the blessings God provides to His children.

Pray that the communities surrounding ICC Children’s Villages come to know and love Christ, and pray that the Children’s Villages may continue to have a positive impact on those around them.

8•  Sab, Jan 26 —

Pray for the administration and staff.

In the words of an old African Proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.” This is especially true at ICC. Orphaned and abandoned children benefit from the personal love of house parents, in addition to love from the administration and staff who bless the children daily on campus.

The on-campus administration is responsible for making sure that children are cared for properly and that the Villages run smoothly.

Pray that their efforts are blessed to have a deep impact on the children. Pray that the staff and administration know that they, too, are loved and are doing good work.

9•  Sun, Jan 27 —

Pray for the governments to realize the need for facilities like ICC’s.

One of the greatest challenges that the Children’s Villages face is governmental regulations.

Many countries where our villages are located receive funding from North America and other developed countries to help with the care of children. The problem is that this funding often comes with the pressure to stop the use of child-care institutions, such as traditional orphanages.

ICC falls into the category of an institution, but it is not an institution in a traditional sense. Children live with parents in a home and are part of a community where they can receive the specialized care they need.

Pray that governments see the difference between traditional institutionalized care and the very personal approach of ICC. Pray that they will see the need for our villages and that they continue to send children to ICC’s care.

10• Mon, Jan 28 —

Pray for the worldwide ICC family.

ICC is only possible because of the many generous donors, like you, who give from the heart. We recognize that it’s not always easy to give and that it often requires sacrifice.
Praise God for those who have given of their time and funds to support the children!

Pray for each donor and volunteer to have joy throughout this new year. Pray that they realize the importance of their support. Pray that they may be abundantly blessed.

 


Thank you for your prayers on behalf of the children. With the start of a new year comes a spirit of new beginnings. That spirit beats in the heart of every child who no longer lives in poverty, fear, and neglect; who now lives in security and love.

The transforming power that comes with new beginnings is proven to be effective in the lives of ICC children, thanks to your support. That will be the case this New Year, and abundantly so, as we pray together each day.

Growing Plants Helps Children Grow Too!

Tuesday, January 7th, 2020

Los Pinos School Teaches Principles of Gardening and Responsibility

Your support of the children through sponsorship and/or monthly giving is helping to provide the children with a rich educational experience.

Because of you, the children at Los Pinos are able to learn valuable skills, such as gardening and money management, that will help them throughout life.

Because of you, the children at Los Pinos are able to learn valuable skills, such as gardening and money management, that will help them throughout life.

At the Los Pinos Children’s Village in Guatemala, the curriculum includes more than just reading, writing and arithmetic, the “three R’s” that were coined many years ago as being early requirements in education. It also includes a fourth R: Responsibility.

The Los Pinos elementary school has classes for children in first through sixth grade. One of the special classes that has been developed for the children is called “productivity and development.”

Each child participates in this class and is given an old tire they use as a mini garden. The children are taught how to prepare the soil, select their crop, plant seeds, and nurture and care for their garden. One of the older boys who grew up in Los Pinos serves as the instructor for his younger “siblings.”

An important part of this class is teaching the children principles of budgeting and sales. Whatever the children grow may be sold for cash that they can use as they choose.

Sonja Hernandez, the school principal says that “It’s been a nice experience because it’s something the kids really like to do. When they get their money, they learn about tithing. They learn about budgeting, and we’ve taught them that they can buy seeds from the little money.”

Because of the long growing season in Guatemala, during a typical school year, the children can have three and possibly even more crops. Vegetables the children grow include things like cilantro, radishes, and peppers.

One of the major crops in the “big garden” at Los Pinos are bell peppers grown in a greenhouse. This crop helps feed the children and staff with the surplus being sold to supplement the budget.

In a small way, these children are learning early the important principles of responsibility that will help them grow.

Thank you for supporting the children. God is working through you and the caring staff at the ICC Children’s Villages like Los Pinos. You really are making a huge difference in their lives. And just as the garden plants require nurturing care, so these young children need your support throughout the year.

As the calendar has now turned to a new year, please remember the children. January is often a very difficult month financially as people recover from the holidays. But the children still need daily care — just like the plants.

You may use this link to make a special gift to help provide for the needs of the children.

Thank you!