This week I’ve been able to introduce you to Jodie, the new Director at the orphanage in Barahona. I’ve shared with you some of the things God is bringing together here in the Dominican Republic. Today I’d like to introduce you to some of my younger friends – boys from the orphanage.
New Developments for Barahona Orphanage
Before I came down, I shared with you that I had some new responsibilities for Rivers of the World (ROW). Those responsibilities concern this orphanage, its board of directors, the staff, and the boys. We are very close to having things in top working order.
While true, that statement is relative to all the things that have gone before. This last little push can be cause for a great celebration in the near future, or it could a bridge too far. With your prayers and help, I intend to make it something we celebrate for many years!
One thing the Barahona Orphanage has lacked is a reliable system for people to support orphans on a monthly basis. This last effort or push is centered around establishing that system. In order for it to exist, several things have to happen. One is the existence of a resident Director. That person is Jodie.
The keyword there is resident. We need to make suitable room in the orphanage for Jodie and his family to live on site. That’s where mission volunteers are needed. We need folks who can do light construction and/or follow directions. It’s really that simple. And there’s another thing.
Those construction supplies will need to be purchased. The funds available to the orphanage at this moment are minimal at best. One of my jobs is to help raise enough money to get the construction done. And of course, we will need to bring that team to Barahona to help get the work done. And I’ve tried to avoid saying this, but time is critical.
While I have been with Jodie this week, we have worked through some of the documentation that needs to done for each child. Part of that is pictures. I took pictures of the boys and that let me get acquainted with them better than I ever have. There are usually many people with me when I am here. The boys get a great deal of attention from the team, especially the students who come.
This is an odd week in the fact that I am here without other mission volunteers. It has become very apparent to me that even though I never got to spend much time with these guys due to all the attention they got from others, they were watching me. Every one of them knows my name because they have all seen me many times. It was humbling to realize how attentive they had been when I was pretty clueless.
I had several goals in writing this post about the Barhona Orphanage. First, I wanted to share the work that taking place here and what our goals are. If we can get these last pieces in place, the orphanage (and the orphans!) can be on sound financial ground. And that will be good for everybody, especially the boys that haven’t come here yet. And that doesn’t even take into account the ones who will leave here over the next couple of decades! Second, I wanted to write enough so I had plenty of space to share these great pictures of some of these great boys! Please pray, please help!
Soli Deo Gloria!