National Orphan Day 2011. The second Monday in November is observed each year to raise awareness of the plight of orphans and displaced children around the world. The pandemic of homeless and orphaned children is rapidly growing, leaving 145 million children orphaned or displaced globally.
This past week, Ron & I spent some precious time with the boys at the Timothy House orphanage in Mexico.
Approximately 1.6 million orphan children in Mexico depend upon the good will, love and care of strangers to provide their needs. That number to me is staggering. Being raised in a loving secure home with a father and mother is what every child desires. My heart breaks for children who do not have this. Our friends, Bob & Joy were touched by this need nine years ago…they were feeling the call to missions. They prayed and waited on the Lord for direction. In January of 2002, Bob went with a work team to an orphanage in Mexico. Seeing nearly 100 children without a father touched his heart. He could not just look away and go on about his business. He was determined to do something to help these children who had no one to love and care for them. Subsequent trips to the orphanage convinced Bob and Joy that God was calling them to Mexico. They counseled with many and were encouraged to pursue God’s call. On January 1st, 2003 (exactly one year after Bob’s first trip) the Hubers moved to Mexico. To read their story, click here to read their story.
After working at several orphanages, they pursued their vision to start Timothy House. Through a small group of supporters and earnest prayer, this vision became a reality. They wanted to parent children in a family setting, and disciple boys to be godly men. Here at Timothy House, abandoned children have found a home of love, spiritual training, nurturing, education and hope. Their first child arrived in July 2007 with more following. A small Christian school within Timothy House was opened in the fall of 2009. A sports court / activity center was completed in March of 2010. Work continues to finish the second story of the house and expand the school.
There are many challenges to starting a new mission in a foreign land with limited resources. It is truly an audacious goal to try to take street children and turn them into leaders in their homes and society. It takes a team effort, faith and lots of love. But mostly it takes a miracle from above. Bob and Joy trust that the Lord will protect and provide.
Bob and Joy Huber are missionaries with Action International , a Christian non-profit with about 250 missionaries rescuing children in crisis and providing pastoral training around the world. ACTION is an integral partner providing accountability, credibility, counsel, tax-deductible receipts for donations and other help. All ACTION missionaries are required to raise a minimum amount to cover taxes, group health insurance and other administration costs.
Several of the children still need sponsorship. Click here to read about how to sponsor one of the boys at Casa Timoteo.
This game we got at the Dollar Store was the hit of the week! No language skills needs to play this!
I attempted to be their English teacher for the day!
We took the boys to Burger King at Nogales and they were enthralled with the unlimited soft drink machine! Needless to say, they made frequent trips to it, mixing all types of soda together.
A beautiful day for playing at the park!
These boys will always hold a special part in our hearts and lives. Hasta luego nuestro amigos!
“A father of the fatherless … is God” -Psalms 68:5