By Staff, LBCH Communications
MONROE – Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home & Family Ministries sponsored its first international orphan care mission trip in June. Sixty Louisiana Baptists, representing 16 LBC churches, bonded into an awesome mission team. They ministered to 75 medically-needy infants and children residing at a malnutrition center in San Juan, Guatemala.
The LBCH mission team ranged in age from 15 to 72 and tackled a variety of assignments during the week. Some provided direct daily care for the children including bathing, feeding, changing diapers, rocking babies, and stacking blocks with toddlers. Others sorted and organized the contents of 40 suitcases of clothes and supplies donated by our Louisiana churches.
Some provided worship times for the children with a daily puppet show, story time, balloon animals, and Bible songs in Spanish.
Others assisted staff with daily cleaning and sanitizing the children’s rooms, bedding, and bath areas.
Missionaries also helped with daily meal preparation, daily laundry, and made much-needed repairs to the center facilities and grounds. God used everyone’s gifts and abilities to minister to these precious children and to the Center’s staff members who care for them daily.
This was the largest group to ever serve at the malnutrition center. The size of the team made it possible to reach out and share Christ in a nearby village.
Ministry in the village began at the pila, where the women gathered to wash their laundry. On the first day there were 15 women and eight children. Those numbers quickly increased to 60. Our missionaries distributed snacks, balloons, and crayons to the children. Bible stories and songs were shared through an interpreter.
Spanish Bibles were distributed with people begging for a copy of God’s Word. Before the week’s end, about 200 adults and children had listened intently to the gospel of Jesus Christ, the greatest love story ever told, in their native language.
Our missionaries completed their last day of service with both sadness and joy. Everyone had fallen in love with the children, the Center staff, and the people of Guatemala, but it was time to go home. We had accomplished much in a short time and wanted to do more.
During this first orphan care mission trip, God called three of our team members to full-time missions ministry. Claire, a 17-year-old resident of the Children’s Home, was one of those three. See article below.
This September, another LBCH mission team will travel to Haiti to help complete construction of an orphanage. The next trip to the malnutrition center in Guatemala is scheduled for June 8-14, 2013. Dates and information for 2013 trips to Nicaragua and Haiti will be released in the coming weeks.
For more information on how you and your church can get involved in international orphan care, contact Beth Green at 318-343-2244 or firstname.lastname@example.org.