PUSHING UP the KINGDOM

When it comes to sheer will, and confidence on achieving goals, no one can argue that Miranda Stacy Burcham has what it takes. Miranda was accomplishing miracles long before her connection to Orchid, but adding our vision to her heart was a match made in heaven. Miranda has been serving the forgotten for a long time and her many year association with the people of Haiti has been changing as many lives there for the better that she can.

When Miranda heard the story of the launch of the Jeremiah’s House from it’s founder; Berdy St. Mary, she reached out to her fitness fans and issued the challenge. In less than a week she and her devotees have raised well over $30,000.00 for the launch and donations are still pouring in. Over 600 new Orchids of Light have lined up and delivered!

They literally Pushed Up the foundation of this new mission from their hands and knees!!

Miranda and her disciples have accomplished what no other Orchid campaign has in it’s history and we raise up our hands in gratitude to them and to the Lord for this incredible start. When you partner with The Kingdom anything is possible and when Miranda makes the call, the Lord and His people respond.

 

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Orchid Donors brew up a storm of support

Orchids of Light sponsors stepped up an bloomed big for the August Micro Brew tour campaign and raised over $14,000.00 as a down payment for the land to build a new youth center in Mwingi, Kenya.

This Center is the dream of Pastor Simon Muvengei and his Shepherd Hood Ministry.  Orchids of Light was formed in part as a result of that meeting and officially adopted Shepherd Hood into our portfolio in 2012. Since then Orchid sponsors have helped shepherd over 500 young people back into school and connect with their own spiritual power. Orchid angels have provided the funding necessary to keep the operation on solid footing and have purchased over 200 goats tact as entrepreneurial tool sets children raise and make a small profit from. These primary school students sell the milk and make more goats to sell for food to raise enough money to pay their way through school. All goats are recycled back into an upcoming generation of youngsters once the original owners no longer need them for their education costs. Orchid has also distributed over 5000 adolescent girl’s hygiene products to eliminate the stigma associated with their monthly cycle. In Africa girls will drop out of school during this time of month if they aren’t protected.

Now Shepherd Hood and Orchid are focusing their combined energies on a projected $200,000.00 youth center that will be a self-sufficient beacon of hope to this region that serves over 7 million people. The center will provide Christian stewardship, youth leadership training, an internet portal to free software coding skill education, and volunteer housing to establish mentoring experiences from the west.

The fundraiser held Saturday, August 26Th, introduced fifty philanthropists to the Lancaster Micro-Brew business landscape and generated over $12,000.00 in donations.

It was a win-win for everyone involved including local businesses. The tour made stops at Lancaster, Wacker, Spring House, Mad Chef and Saint Boniface breweries and culminated the afternoon at The Bulls Head tavern in Lititz. Pastor Simon Muvengei was on hand from Kenya to meet the sponsors and the Orchid team. Special thanks go out to all the people who made this initial campaign such a fantastic success.

There is much more to accomplish but thanks to orchid’s of light like you we have broken ground on this life changing campaign.

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New Youth Center Planned at Shepherd Hood Ministries

 

It is still a dream but now there are Angels in the architecture for this Youth Center in Mwingi Kenya. Pastor Simon Muvengei and Orchid are committed to get the funding necessary to build a facility like the one pictured and deliver a much needed brick and mortar sanctuary for the youth of this region of Africa.

Shepherd Hood Ministries has been delivering aid and services to young men and women by sending staff on motorcycles into the bush and communities that need aid. Their commitment to transforming the lives of each and every young person they can reach is unequaled.

Through programs that include; girls hygiene, controlled substance counseling, Christian outreach, sports camps, Bible school, Goat raising, School rallies, and Community interaction the ministry has reached and saved hundreds of kids by getting them back on track and back into school.

Now Shepherd Hood has their sight on erecting a facility that will serve a community of seven million people. This center that will serve as a hub for young people all around the area and deliver training and mentoring that can not be provided remotely. Internet, a technical training portal, sports center and housing are all planned.

This amazing facility will be a testament to the hard work of the Shepherd Hood team and Orchid sponsors like you. It will be another affirmation that God’s Grace truly exists in the world and that love and the caring for humanity is alive and well in Orchid’s garden.

Please join with us and pray for it’s success and contribute if you can.

God Bless

The Orchid Team

 

 

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Lancaster County Microbrewery Fund Raiser

 

GET OUT TO LANCASTER AND GET HOPPY

Orchid is Raising Money to build a brand new Youth Center in Africa!!

On August 26th 2017 Orchid will be hosting a tour and tasting at five of the best micro breweries in the country all based in beautiful Lancaster County PA. They include Lancaster Brewing Company, Wacker Brewing, Spring House Brewing, Mad Chef Brewing,  Saint Boniface and JoeBoy’s. The tour also includes at the awesome Bulls Head Pub in Lititz PA; voted the best brew pub in Pennsylvania 2016 and 2017.

Ticket donations are tax deductible! Cost per person is $75.00
Buses will transport all attendees to and from each micro brewery.

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Master Brewers will be on hand to discuss each beer.

Special events to be announced for final stop!

Reserve your spot by making your donation on the website and indicating “beer’. You will receive a confirmation reservation.
Only 112 tickets available so sign up NOW.
Pickup Locations will follow 2 weeks before the event
Event is rain or shine. Beer tastes great wet.

To register just go the upper right corner of this post, click on Donate and make your $75.00 tax deductible donation. Reference the word “beer” on your donation and we’ll send you your confirmation/reservation. Only 112 tickets available!

Tour includes luxury bus accommodation to and from all drop off points and all breweries plus a tasting of your choice. Bring some loose change as you will want to taste much more and sample the awesome food at these amazing establishments!

This is a must event for your end of summer experience and you will be transforming lives around the world as you taste the best of Lancaster County. DON’T WAIT…RESERVE NOW!!!!

Can’t wait to see you at the pubs…..Rich

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Want to Sleep Better?

 

As a kid when I had trouble sleeping my mother taught me to count sheep. Count sheep I thought….why would I do that? So I tried it and fell asleep.

When I got older my wife told me I should think of something soothing. A place or a memory that that could take my mind off my troubles. So I tried it and fell asleep.

Now I’ve taken to counting goats when I want to go to a place of Peace and Calm. I go there because they remind me of what can be accomplished with something so simple. They make me smile because I see children laughing and playing and working and going to school. I see rejoicing at being given a chance to live a dream….a dream of getting an eductaion.

I rejoice with families thousands of miles away from me, who now, because of a small determined four legged creature that won’t take no for an answer, can see a way to improve the life of their children. I laugh at the ridiculousness of it all and then work hard to be as ridiculous as possible and raise money to buy more of these silly little creatures.

I have decided that the goat is now my favorite animal and the more I count the better I sleep at night.

If you would like to sleep like a baby, laugh like a child and rejoice at helping your Christian brothers and sisters in Africa do the same and join me in 2017 and buy some ridiculousness. I know a great Shepherd who knows exactly what to do with your love.

Read the Full Report Here

Shepherd hood Ministries January Report

 

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