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I was blessed to visit India and Nepal earlier this month. What an incredible experience!

Through a myriad of circumstances, the Lord lead me to visit a place that I have never gone before and had no real interest in visiting.  As most of you know I quit my job in November to pursue GO! on a more full-time basis and I was reminded of this through this opportunity to visit Asia.

We visited New Delhi, Raipur, Jagdalpur, Kathmandu (Nepal), Chandigarh, and Shimla.  I was able to speak at 4 churches, some on multiple occasions, encourage the local folks, assess several of their ongoing projects, and gain a better understanding of the plight of orphaned children in both India and Nepal.  I was so encouraged by the local church leadership in this challenging place to minister.

In Nepal, I was able to meet with Pastor Arjun who I have known since 2012. He and his team is accomplishing huge Kingdom work in Kathmandu as they work to serve orphans, vulnerable children, and disadvantaged women in their community.

In New Delhi, we visited a slum where a program for the youth has been established. We met with Dave who is the community leader for the church in this location, and it is amazing what he’s doing. He earns money for this family by making special turbans during the wedding season.  My heart went out to him as he lives and encourages the local people in the slum.  He and his family of seven live in a very small place of one room and a curtain for a front door, but they did not seem to be wanting.  I am in awe of these people of faith that surrender everything to follow Him.

One of the things that Dave does is work with the local children to get them integrated into school rather than begging for money on the streets.  This school is a place that they can learn and hear the gospel for the very first time! With his wife Jyoti of 3 years, they recently adopted a 3-month old baby -Navya.  Let’s keep this family in our prayers. The are on the front line of life-changing Kingdom work.  Join us for our Gala in September to learn more about we might serve in India and Nepal.  Visit us at JUST ONE MORE CHILD for more info!

NEED:  Our plan to serve 1,440 children can be achieved in 2018.  As of April, we had a total impact (this includes all activity of our ministry to include our monthly programs, clean water, and the deployment of local volunteers) of 865 orphans in DR Congo, Kenya, South Sudan, and Zambia, while supporting 679 of these children in our ongoing programs.  Our most immediate need is in regard to our Mission to Zambia next month. You can join us in building a school for orphans at TEAM 2018 A Servant’s Heart.

Here are following ways you can help:
1) Pray for Global Orphan Relief & the children we serve.
2) Volunteer -please reach out to us via phone, this website, or via email.
3) Keep up to date with our progress on our BLOG and or our FACEBOOK page.
4) Learn more about us on our YouTube Channel!
5) Help us grow our resources for feeding the children in South Sudan at FEEDING PROGRAM. Since February 2016 we have provided for 174,150 meals in South Sudan.
6) “Teach One Child, & Save Thousands!” Help us keep the children attending School through our Scholarship program in DR Congo and Zambia. The feeding program in South Sudan also keeps the children coming to school each day.
7) To grow this movement will require additional resources and you can contribute to this effort at CAPACITY 1140.

You may send support or other correspondence to Global Orphan Relief, 16352 Prairie Farm Cir, Parker, CO 80134 as well, or you may give also give electronically at https://globalorphanrelief.org/donate-support/.

Movement of FAITH | Voice of HOPE | Act of LOVE

Global Orphan Relief is a Christian relief agency serving Orphans in need and a recognized U.S. public charity, tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3). All donations are tax deductible to the extent of the law.

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Global Orphan Relief by Scott Nordstrom - 1y ago

From the Desk of Scott Nordstrom
Global Orphan Relief Musings – Hard Work

I had breakfast this morning with a good friend that I really enjoy getting together with and talking shop.  For a time, he was involved with GO! and now works with another child-focused ministry.  He’s the kind of friend I can ask anything, and though he’s no longer directly involved with GO!, he has a sincere desire to help me if he can.  He’s got tons more experience than I do in ministry work and is a real resource. I am thankful for our friendship.  I really enjoy our time together and almost always leave encouraged.

Anyway, I brought up the topic of hiring a development professional for our ministry and wanted to know his thoughts. For those who don’t know, this would be someone that we would have on staff to raise funding for the ministry.  I wanted to know about the opportunities, the pitfalls, and the real question ‘did he know of anyone’! He explained that this is a tough process; you must find the right person, they must have contacts, they need to be focused on the right things, etc.

He went on to tell me about a friend of his that is now selling insurance after being a development professional for years, and that the friend said that asking people for money was the hardest work he’d ever done. This response really got me thinking about my own situation.

As many of you know I transitioned out of full-time employment in November of last year, and I have to say, it is the best decision I ever made.  The process has not been without it’s challenges, mostly financial, but I am doing exactly what the Father wants me to do.  I am talking about a real joy that only comes from being in the center of what our King is up to.  You may also know, that I have been tasked to raise my own support.  It is not a full-time salary or anything to that level, but something that will allow me to spend 30+ hours a week in the ministry and provides for a much more flexible schedule.  In addition, I am also tasked with continuing the flow of funds for the children in the field.  You can see the dilemma, but this is not what I am writing about today.  My point here is that raising my own support has been more challenging than raising support for the children; not hard, but more challenging is all.  And thanks to all that have stepped in to be a Cornerstone of this movement with support for my increased role in the ministry!

So, it would seem to some that I have been asking for money for our ministry since 2005 as we have deployed over $1.3 million to the field in the care for these children.  I have never really looked at this this way.  Typically, we present opportunities to others to serve orphaned children -primarily through their finances.  I look at fundraising as my way of advocating for children who don’t have a voice.  The scriptures are clear about this too, referring to caring for orphans as “Pure Religion” (James 1:27).  When you boil it down, fundraising is ministry, and we can’t care for orphaned children without funding.

Asking you for money has never been hard work to me.  Certainly, this process can be time consuming, requires some thought, and the method of communication can be critical, but none of it is hard.  We have also been challenged by both our experience and our limited resources to follow-up with our partners effectively. Though we are getting better at this, we do appreciate the grace that you have extended to us over the years in this regard.

What we are asking for you to do is consider participating in Kingdom work.  It is that simple.  This is the kind of Kingdom work that is life-saving for some, and for others maybe the only exposure to the Gospel they will ever have.  This is the kind of high-impact Pure Religion the scriptures refer to –caring for orphans.

Blessings,  Scott

P.S. To help support our efforts in growing this movement to serve orphans go to CAPACITY 1440 and be a Cornerstone today.

NEED: Our plan to serve 1,440 children can be achieved in 2018. As of January 2018, we serve 679 children in DR Congo, Kenya, South Sudan, and Zambia.

Here are following ways you can help:
1) Pray for Global Orphan Relief.
2) Volunteer -please reach out to us via phone, this website, or via email.
3) Keep up to date with our progress on our BLOG, FACEBOOK, and or YouTube.
4) Help us grow our resources for feeding the children in South Sudan at FEEDING PROGRAM. Since February 2016 we have provided for 169,000 meals in South Sudan.
5) “Teach One Child, & Save Thousands!” Help us keep the children attending School through our Scholarship program in DR Congo, Kenya and Zambia. The feeding program in South Sudan also keeps the children coming to school each day.

You may send support or other correspondence to Global Orphan Relief, 16352 Prairie Farm Cir, Parker, CO 80134 as well, or you may give also give electronically at https://globalorphanrelief.org/donate-support/.

Movement of FAITH  |  Voice of HOPE  |  Act of LOVE

Global Orphan Relief is a Christian relief agency serving Orphans in need and a recognized U.S. public charity, tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3). All donations are tax deductible to the extent of the law.

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