Progress on Galilee Orphanage

Posted by Staff | March 14, 2012  |  1 Comment


Progress on the Galilee Home (orphanage) building is progressing nicely as a direct result of the generosity of God’s people in the last 3 months. We are still amazed to see how a spark of love in a human heart and the determination to act on that spark can, in a short span of time,  turn into cement, re-bar, and lumber. Just like that, the children of Galilee see their new home taking shape. The children are giddy with excitement and endless plans and questions about what the new building will be like, how the rooms will look and what the floor plan will be.  Can you see with eyes of faith a safe, loving place for children to grow, learn and prosper? This building is a testimony to the teeming capital city of Yangon, Myanmar. Every day as it goes up the message is plain: the Christians of America love us; they reach out to care for our poorest children; these are the followers of Jesus.

Dr. Liana reports that his leadership team and some members of the faculty of the Union Biblical Seminary are retreating for three days of fasting and prayer. “We will be praying for you and for the ministry of Interhope,” he told me today. What a humbling and meaningful message to receive. I was moved deeply (but yes we really need those prayers.) Two portions of scripture speak volumes about what we are trying to accomplish by taking in the abandoned and orphaned children of such remote, largely pagan cultures. The first is often quoted by us and should be memorized by every person who reads this for it is God’s promise to each of us.

 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

Jeremiah 29:11-13

The other passage springs to mind whenever we see the smiling face of one of our young teens, or the tiny fingers of one of our toddlers wrapped around her favorite toy or when we hear the squeals of laughter from a pack of 10 year-olds playing in the yard of their orphanage or when we listen to the tender prayers lifted up from the heart of a child rescued from exploitation and abuse. The imagery of a garden in the passage is fitting since we cultivate, plant and nurture in a decades long process. We watch them grow, as in any family, and we thank God amazement as so much potential blooms.

 —to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called Oaks of Righteousness,
a planting of the LORD
for the display of his splendor.

Isaiah 61: 3

So we have a forest of little “oaks” growing stronger and taller every day… for the display of His splendor. Here is a photo of one such planting of the Lord. They are the children of the Galilee Home. Can you see the beauty and potential in this fine garden? They need your prayers and they send their prayers to you. They are aware of the love you have for them and the help you have sent. They give thanks for you.

One Comment

  1. Samuel Raj says:

    I Praise the Lord for what He’s doing through Interhope in so many parts of the world. Burma is one of the most repressed and closed nations in the world, and to get the gospel into this nation is the biggest gift to the Burmese people. I pray that Thad, Sally and Josiah continue to minister to the lost of this world.


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