Posts Tagged ‘children’

Picking More Than A Peck Of Peppers

Tuesday, September 24th, 2019

Update from the El Oasis jalapeño farm

Thanks to the generous support of ICC family members we exceeded the matching grant offer to expand the Jalapeño crop at the El Oasis Children’s Village in Mexico. This has provided over $100,000 of capital for this important Agribusiness.

We are excited to announce that the harvest of Jalapeño peppers has begun. Not only has your support enabled us to triple the size of the field under cultivation this year, we’re also seeking to increase profitability by separating the peppers into various sizes and categories.

Better quality peppers can be sold for a higher price. To help with this, we’ve been able to borrow a conveyor belt which you can see in the picture below and in this video.

If all goes as planned, there will be several pickings during harvest season. One picking takes several days to complete.

The first picking should yield between 65–75 tons of peppers. With God’s blessing and good weather, the yield this season could be up to 1,000 tons! That’s a lot of peppers — and a huge means of support for the El Oasis project.

Please join with us in praying for this pepper project. And thank you for your ongoing support in helping us develop sustaining industries which will bless the children for years to come!

The Impact Of Your Support

Tuesday, September 17th, 2019

An interview with Huridis Fortuna, one of ICC’s grown children

} By Makala James

Huridis’ life changed forever when he came to live at Las Palmas Children’s Village in the Dominican Republic.

He flourished, earned his degree in Theology, married the love of his life, Hannah, and is now serving in ministry and sharing the Gospel

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Huridis about his experience growing up as an ICC kid.

A special thank you to Huridis for sharing his story about his experience at Las Palmas! God will continue to use Huridis in wonderful ways, just as He is working in the lives of all ICC children. Makala James [left] sits with Huridis Fortuna [right] in Keen, Texas. Makala had the opportunity to speak with Huridis about his life before, and while, Huridis was growing up at the Las Palmas Children’s Village.

Makala James [left] sits with Huridis Fortuna [right] in Keen, Texas. Makala had the opportunity to speak with Huridis about his life before, and while, Huridis was growing up at the Las Palmas Children’s Village.

Did you have a difficult childhood before coming to the Las Palmas Children’s Village?

I had a rough childhood. There is an illustration that I use in my sermons.

How do you purify gold? It’s with fire. It’s a hard and long process, but in the end what you get is fine, pure gold. Whatever happened in my life as a child, I see as a blessing. God used that to make me the person I am today.

What do you remember of your first day at Las Palmas?

My first day at the orphanage, I arrived with a little backpack, a pair of pants, a pair of socks, and a shirt. That’s all I brought because I had nothing else.

The director said, “Where are your clothes?” She was surprised that I didn’t have anything. After meeting my teacher and classmates, we went to the warehouse and got a bunch of clothes and shoes. I got a pillow that is kind of like a race car, and I still keep that with me today.

Then, I heard that everyone at the church and village had been praying for me. They did not know me, but everyone was praying for me to get there. I was amazed!

How did the children’s village affect your spiritual life?

Certainly, it made a big impact on my life. I still remember how, to wake us up, the dad of the house would play Christian music in the living room. That would be the time for us to gather around the table for worship.

We would sing songs, study the bible, pray, and have worship together as a family. That helped me have a deeper relationship with Jesus. Not only that, but we were also encouraged to have our own personal time reading the bible and praying.

After you finished worship, what was a typical day like?

On a typical day in high school, which was the best time, we would wake up in the morning to have worship together. Then we would do our chores, such as cleaning the bathroom or bedroom or yard… Whatever was assigned to us.

Afterwards, we would get ready for school and eat breakfast. Breakfast might be yucca with cheese or plantains and eggs, maybe cereal, fruit, and milk.

We attended school, and then came home around lunch time. After an hour break for lunch, then we had two hours of work, required of everybody.

After work I would either do homework or go to music school to practice the cello. In the evening, we had dinner and evening worship as a family.

Did you always stay in the same family?

I stayed with the same family for my whole time at the orphanage until I turned 18. That year we separated from the younger children, but still remained in the same family.

I helped the younger kids with their homework and chores at home. We moved to a bigger house because the house we were living in was kind of small. It was the same family all the time.

Tell me about an ICC sibling to whom you still feel close?

Alexandra! When I first arrived at the orphanage we used to fight and argue. Now we are really good friends. She came to my wedding two years ago when I got married. She’s coming to visit again, and we keep in touch.

How does having an advanced education impact your life?

It certainly makes a difference when you get an education. Seeing it from a professional point of view, we live in a competitive world.

If you have no education, then you are behind. It’s really hard for you to find a job and survive.

Because of my education, I am able to serve and support ICC, to give back to the place that helped me to become who I am.

Share a bit about when you felt called to ministry?

When I look back to my childhood and to what I’ve been through in my life, how God rescued me from what I could have been, it’s like a calling. It’s like God telling me, “I want you for a special mission.”

That helps me to understand that I’ve been called for something special. Once I was at [Las Palmas], I kept growing in my faith and in my relationship with Jesus. I participated in church and everybody used to call me pastorcito, which means little pastor.

I didn’t want to be pastor, because, honestly, I was afraid! But I grew up and felt called in many ways. I realized, God can use my life and story.

How did your life change when you were accepted into the ICC family?

It was a big change. I got my education and things that I needed right there. For me, it was all I ever wanted. It was my family.

I understand that you and your wife sponsor a child. Can you tell me about that?

We do! Actually, we’re in the process of getting a second one. We visited our sponsorship child. He was really happy when we went to see him. When we got home, we wrote a letter and sent a photo to him of all of us.

When you were a child, did it matter when sponsors wrote you or sent you pictures?

It’s very important to write to the children. I felt special when a sponsor wrote me. I felt I was connecting with my sponsor. It was easier to reply to that person, especially when they’d sent me pictures and asked me questions.

How do the ICC children who are now adults relate to the children’s village?

We have a group of generation that comes together like an alumni association, and there’s a president. We gather money and donations to take to the children’s village. We come together at Christmas, and put on a Christmas program. Recently, we raised funds for school shoes.

Why is it important to do these things for the kids?

I went there and I received help. Once I grew up, I realized how important it was that someone helped me, that someone raised money for me to eat and go to school. It’s heart touching to do the same for those children who are also in need.

 

 

Transforming Congo Orphans Lives Thanks To You!

Tuesday, August 13th, 2019

This is Julian. This is a photo taken just after he arrived at the Patmos Children’s Village in the D.R. Congo.

Your generous outpouring of support for the newly arrived orphan children in the D.R. Congo is truly amazing!

Thanks to you, the 59 little ones have been rescued and are on a pathway of recovery, much like the children who arrived a little over a year earlier.

Those children, 31 in all, arrived in the Fall of 2017 to ICC’s Patmos Children’s Village.

They have overcome so much physical and emotional suffering, and you’ve given them literally a new life.

Julian and Marc are just two examples of the wonderful transformations that have taken place during the past year.

This is Julian. This is a recent picture showing how much he has improved and transformed directly because of your support.

Julian was on the brink of death when he arrived at the Patmos Children’s Village.

His condition was nearly hopeless because of the wretched conditions in which he lived prior to arriving at Patmos.

He suffered from severe malnutrition because of the lack of adequate nourishment. He was ill, and his body was swollen.

Most likely, Julian would have died had he not been taken into the ICC family in the D.R. Congo.

Health workers treated Julian, and he was given a diet rich in vitamins. Gradually, his condition improved. He was able to join other children in the nursery school at Patmos.

Julian has made tremendous progress. His infections smile is a testimony to the transformation made possible through your support.

This is Marc. The photo on the left was taken just after he arrived at the Patmos Children’s Village in the D.R. Congo.Marc was severely malnourished when he came to Patmos. The Patmos staff were concerned his condition being so serious that he might die on the spot.

He was not able to eat. He was very ill, and his skin was turning pale — a sign of lack of blood flow.

He was not able to stand up or sit. He wanted only to sleep and was upset if anyone woke him up.

Marc was prescribed medicines to treat his various illnesses and was put on a diet designed to meet his needs.

From the time he was given the medical care and diet that he needed, Marc’s health and hope for survival started changing for the best. The transformation was dramatic, for within two months, Marc was able to laugh.

This is Marc. This is a recent picture showing how much Marc has transformed and improved because of your support.Compared to when he arrived, Marc is in good health, even though he is still under the watchful care of the health providers.

Marc has been able to join the other children in the nursery school. His teacher says that he is among her best students!

What an amazing transformation God has orchestrated through His loving caregivers and through ICC’s family of supporters!

What wonderful plans He must have, not only for Julian and Marc, but for all the orphans within ICC’s care.

During the past eighteen months many newly-orphanded children have joined the ICC family in the D.R. Congo. The life-long work of transformation and restoration is just beginning for each of these kids. Thank you for all you are doing to provide for these children.

Your faithful support is vital to their transformation. We are confident that God will continue to work through your generosity to bless “His Kids!”

Latest News About New Kids At Patmos

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

Current info about newly arrived orphans in DR Congo

You take the Bible mandate to provide for orphan children seriously.

Though you may not be able to personally tend to the 59 newly-arrived orphans in the DR Congo, your prayers and financial gifts are vital. They help provide for the daily needs of the children.

As reported last month, the rescue mission for the kids was successful. The process of restoration continues. Your gifts are what make it possible for the Patmos staff to be the hands, feet, and heart of Jesus for these children.

The documentation needed to assign sponsors for these children will take time to receive.

However, if you would like to sponsor one of these children, please contact Alanna at 800–422–7729. She’ll let you know when you’ll be able to sponsor these children.

Thank you for your prayers in behalf of these children and their caregivers.

Once Upon A Time In Mexico

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019

Three stories about your impact at El Oasis

While Mexican authorities apprehend unaccompanied migrant children, ICC works even harder to become a safe-haven for kids.
by William Hurtado

Last month I traveled to ICC’s El Oasis Children’s Village in Mexico and fell in love with the people, the place and the mission.

Two hours southeast of Ensenada, the road brought me to Valle de la Trinidad. It was near Valle that El Oasis began 21 years ago.

The 100-acre campus is home to a small Adventist community that is doubling up its mission for Jesus and for kids. Let me tell you about several of the people I met.


Marcos manages the farm at the El Oasis Children’s Village in Baja Norte, Mexico. Marcos has been farming in the local region around El Oasis for 25 years. He’s helping your donations to El Oasis go further by bringing in the yearly jalapeño crop. The jalapeños are then sold at market. The proceeds f rom the jalapeño sales are then used to help offset the expenses of caring for the children.

Marcos manages the farm at the El Oasis Children’s Village in Baja Norte, Mexico. Marcos has been farming in the local region around El Oasis for 25 years. He’s helping your donations to El Oasis go further by bringing in the yearly jalapeño crop. The jalapeños are then sold at market. The proceeds from the jalapeño sales are then used to help offset the expenses of caring for the children

Marcos is a successful farm manager and Christian family man. He’s been farming in the local area around El Oasis for 25 years.

He is helping your donations go even further by creating a self-sustaining jalapeño micro-industry that can supplement the children’s financial needs.

By the end of July he and the team of workers will harvest the 50 acres of jalapeño plants.

Two generous benefactors helped pay for the farm’s tractor. Others have donated funds for a fumigator and a plow.
$3000 is still needed for a disc and a harrow. This is where you can help. Your special donation will be a blessing to El Oasis. The children, staff, and farm workers look to you for support.
And as an added blessing, an ICC family member is offering a matching grant for funds donated to the El Oasis farm. It’s an excellent time to double your support for “His Kids.”

Claudia Escamilla and her husband Juan. Claudia is the assistant children’s services director at the El Oasis Children’s Village in Baja Norte, Mexico

Claudia Escamilla and her husband Juan. Claudia is the assistant children’s services director at the El Oasis Children’s Village in Baja Norte, Mexico

Claudia and JuanClaudia Escamilla is a Human Services Specialist and the assistant children’s services director.

Claudia studied Behavioral Science at Canadian Adventist University through an educational sponsorship. She also received a Master’s in public health at Montemorelos.

In 2007 she began working at ICC’s children’s village in El Salvador. In 2016 she returned with her husband Juan to her native México to minister to the children at El Oasis.

Both Claudia and Juan are committed to being your heart and hands in México.


Josue with one of the goats for which he cares at El Oasis.

Josue with one of the goats for which he cares at El Oasis.

Josue arrived at El Oasis as a baby. 19 years later, he still needs his ICC family to guide him into adulthood.

While I was there, he took me to a goat pen where he kept a mother goat and her two kids. He picked up one of the kids and lovingly held it in his arms.

As he talked about them, I could see his face glowing with pride for “His Kids.” I asked Josue if ICC loved and cared for him in the same way that he cared for his goats. He smiled and said, “Si.”

It is through your loving support that Josue and the other children at El Oasis have a chance in life.


El Oasis is a beautiful Adventist orphan care facility. Through the years it has had its challenges but now, the Holy Spirit is blowing a new wind of energy and growth.

Will you pray with me that the El Oasis story will continue to new chapters of growth and blessing for children in need?

While we may not be able to minister to every displaced child in México, of those God does bring to us we will do our best to love and care for them. Thank you once again for your partnership in this ministry.

Children Thriving At Sweet Home

Tuesday, June 25th, 2019

During a recent visit to the Dews Sweet Home children’s village in India, Rick and Sharon Fleck took the opportunity to participate with the children in various activities.

They helped to purchase supplies for the children to create special greeting cards for their sponsors.

One of the children at DEWS Sweet Home in India making a greeting card for their sponsor.

One of the children at DEWS Sweet Home in India making a greeting card for their sponsor.

They also observed one of the staff members create tasty snacks for the children using an outdoor cooking fire.

One of the staff at ICC’s DEWS Sweet Home Children’s Village in India making some tasty snacks.

One of the staff at ICC’s DEWS Sweet Home Children’s Village in India making some tasty snacks for the children.

Susan, the director of this project, is recovering from a medical emergency. In her absence, two of the older children from Sweet Home, Udai and Nirmala, are leading out in the day-to-day operations.

Since they grew up at Sweet Home, they both have a good understanding of the issues the children face as well as a great measure of compassion for them.

What a blessing it is for the children to have such dedicated young people who are looking after them during this time of need!

Jalapeños Growing Again At El Oasis

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

“Behold, a sower went forth to sow…” And some seed “fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.”

Matthew 13:3,8

As reported late last year, the El Oasis children’s village in Mexico has established a successful agricultural project of raising Jalapeño peppers.

El Oasis has ideal soil and conditions for growing this crop. And with its proximity to the U.S. and its hungry market for Jalapeños, it all combines to create a wonderful opportunity to raise funds to sustain the El Oasis mission for orphan children.

Last year, despite several challenges and learning experiences, the Lord blessed the Jalapeño crop. Building on the knowledge gained, the El Oasis staff have established a robust plan to nearly triple cultivation. This will mean about 50 acres of not only Jalapeños, but also Tomatillos.

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These are the seeds purchased for the 2019 crop of Jalapeños (blue) and Tomatillos (yellow) currently being grown at the farm on the El Oasis Campus. One pound of Jalapeño seeds can cost $2000!

The seeds were purchased during the winter and were taken to a nursery that specializes in germinating seeds. In the photo above you can see a small packet of Jalapeño seeds and a bucket of Tomatillos seeds. It may be hard to believe, but one pound of Jalapeño seeds costs about $2,000!

These are the newly-germinated Jalapeño seedlings for the El Oasis farm. ICC’s seeds have germinated at better than 99%.

These are the newly-germinated Jalapeño seedlings for the El Oasis farm. ICC’s seeds for 2019 have germinated at better than an outstanding 99%!

We praise the Lord that the germinating process went very well! In fact, it’s typical that seeds germinate at a rate of 90–95%. The El Oasis seeds achieved a rate of more than 99% which meant there were more seedlings to plant than expected.

To accommodate this extra blessing, the El Oasis workers quickly set about preparing more land complete with drip irrigation.

These are the Jalapeño seedlings having just been planted for the 2019 growing season at the farm on the El Oasis campus. So many of the seeds germinated that extra land had to be prepared to plant the full crop.

These are the Jalapeño seedlings having just been planted for the 2019 growing season at the farm on the El Oasis campus. So many of the seeds germinated that extra land had to be prepared to plant the full crop.

The plants are in the ground now and are continuing to grow towards maturity where we anticipate, with God’s blessing, they will produce a bountiful harvest that will bless ICC’s children.

This ceremony was held to consecrate the 2019 Jalapeño crop at the farm on the El Oasis Campus.

This ceremony was held to consecrate the 2019 Jalapeño crop at the farm on the El Oasis Campus. The proceeds from this crop will help to offset the costs of caring for the children. Increasing the power of your gifts.

The growth of these plants is a wonderful metaphor for what is happening in the lives of the children on the El Oasis campus.

They come to us as tiny seeds. And because Jesus paid for the salvation of each of these children, they are very valuable.

The potential for these children is huge — just like the potential crop of Jalapeños that lies inside the little bag of seeds is worth many times more the investment.

And just as the Jalapeño seeds need consistent, nurturing care, so do the little children. That’s why your partnership in this ministry is so critical. Because your support enables missionary caregivers to provide the care these tender souls need to grow to maturity.

And then, think of those mature children as mature plants, bursting with the Fruit of the Spirit and primed to serve God and their fellow citizens.

In the future, you’ll be able to read about some of our older El Oasis children who came as little children and who are nearly completed with their education. They will soon be paying forward the investment you have made in them.

If you would like more information on ways you can get involved with this agricultural project at El Oasis, please contact Doug at ICC (800-422-7729). This project needs tractor implements, equipment and supplies. Also, ask about a matching grant that is available where you can double your support.

Thank you!

Amazon Smile Supports ICC Children!

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

Do you enjoy the convenience of shopping online? If so, you can support ICC’s mission for children by using Amazon’s special weblink: smile.amazon.com.

You will find the same Amazon interface, and you will have access to the entire Amazon selection of products. What’s special is that Amazon will donate a portion of the price of eligible purchases to ICC!

It’s easy to sign up! Just follow these steps:

How to shop AmazonSmile:

  1. Visit smile.amazon.com
  2. Sign in with your Amazon.com credentials
  3. Search for and select “International Children’s Care” as the charity to receive a donation from Amazon.
  4. Start shopping!
  5. Add a bookmark for smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile

Thank you for your added support of the children when you shop smile.amazon.com!

 

You Made Christmas 2018 Memorable for His Kids

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given…” Isaiah 9:6

In a very real sense, the ICC family has been given very special children. We believe that Jesus entrusts these children to us so we can be His guardians to care for them and teach them about Him.

And there’s no better time to do that than at Christmas. Christmas is one of the most special occasions at ICC children’s villages around the world. Your contributions, especially to the gift fund, help to make this a memorable time for all the children.

Christmas 2018 at the Hogar Escuela Adventista Children’s Village in El Salvador.

Christmas 2018 at the Hogar Escuela Adventista Children’s Village in El Salvador.

These pictures sent from Guatemala and El Salvador show some of the decorations and programing from their special celebrations during the recent holiday.

Christmas 2018 at the Las Palmas Children’s in Guatemala.

Christmas 2018 at the Los Pinos Children’s Village in Guatemala.

Thanks to your support, the children had a wonderful time of family togetherness, sharing, gift giving and most importantly, remembering Jesus, God’s most precious gift.

Thank you for helping to make these celebrations possible.

Christmas 2018 at the Los Pinos Children’s Village in Guatemala.

Christmas 2018 at the Los Pinos Children’s Village in Guatemala.

Banana Baby Boy

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019
Christmas-Miracle Child Rescued Just in Time!
“Baby” was rescued on Christmas. It was a miracle he survived. Your support is needed now to help him thrive!

“Baby” was rescued on Christmas. It was a miracle he survived. Your support is needed now to help him thrive!

If you’ve been a part of the ICC family for several years you are likely aware of the many tragedies that happen in the DR Congo that causing children to be orphaned.

Some of the reasons include natural disasters, acts of war, and limited access to proper medical care for even common ailments.

In most cases, when a child comes to the ICC Patmos Children’s Village, the cause of the child being orphaned is known. But sometimes, as in the case of the following story, we may never know.

On the night of Christmas Eve, rain poured heavily upon an banana plantation on Idjwi Island in the Congo. Despite the storm, a quiet filled the air, as a baby boy lay abandoned among the bananas.

Fisherman discovered the child at 5:30 a.m. He could not even cry. Shaking with tremors because of the cold, the baby labored to breathe.

The fishermen rushed to warn the village chief. They had to find out who had abandoned this child! The village chief immediately ordered that the child be taken to the Bugarula Idjwi Baptist Hospital for urgent care.

Meanwhile, the local radio station sent out a broadcast to assist in the search for whoever abandoned the child, and to alert any interested family of the baby’s whereabouts. Sadly, no one came forward.

Fortunately, your support has helps to provide a haven of refuge for orphaned and abandoned children in Congo. And when no family member stepped forward to take the child home, we stepped in and welcomed him into the ICC family.

This Christmas-miracle child has no name and is simply called “Baby.” Baby is now in the care of a loving family at Patmos Children’s Village. Patmos is the largest children’s project operated by ICC. There are so many children in need. Yet, when God intervenes and rescues a child from death, who are we to turn that child away?

Abandoned and left to die of starvation or exposure, Baby certainly fits the description of “the least of these” for whom Jesus asked us to provide care.

Now, your support is needed to continue Baby’s care. You can help Baby through a monthly sponsorship or through a one-time gift of love.

After being abandoned into the bananas, Baby received a second chance at life. Now, he’s entrusted into the care of ICC, the care of his house parents, and he’s entrusted into your care.

Please keep this child, and all of God’s children, in your prayers. It will be exciting to see what the future holds for Baby!