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 […]

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Real freedom

As an American, I am very proud of my nation’s history and the independence we celebrate each year on July 4th.  Living now in France, I have also been caught up in patriotic parades on July 14.  “Bastille Day”, as known among English speakers, is the the French National Day, commemorating the beginning of the […]

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Spring Update from the Field

   At Mahanaim; one of Orchid’s Missions in Colombia work continues to develop the community in Cerete. Milton thanks all The Orchids of light for the support that has grown crops, established work and erected buildings, like this one that nears completion at the Rabolargo project. All this is done so the smallest of the […]

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That Really Got my Goat! (An Updated Message for 2014)

  When we hear the phrase ‘that really gets my goat” we typically think of something that upsets us. It’s a term most often used to describe a negative event or action that raised the hairs on the back of our neck. Not so at Orchids mission in the desert region of Kenya just south […]

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Awareness in Africa

  I recently returned from a 2-week trip to Gabon, Africa in partnership with a church from New York and one from Paris, France.  Our team of 17 was able to develop relationships and bring much-needed help and support.  We spent one week in the capital city of Libreville, helping build a new home for […]

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“Buna dabo naw” – “Coffee is our bread!”

For the 150 Million Americans consuming an average of 3 cups of coffee a day, I think one could say it is the liquid bread of life here in America. Coffee is the ‘Ethiopian way’ and literally the bread and medicine of life for the hospice clients of Strong Hearts Ethiopia. This community roasts, bags, […]

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It doesn’t matter who we are…We can change the world

A picture is worth a thousand words! This picture was taken of a bulletin board at Strong Hearts Academy Ethiopia, created by a group of 5-6 year old students. Strong Hearts provides an education to over 70 students who each day have the largest smiles, and most contagious laughs, yet live amongst what we in […]

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Huruma Children’s Home – Ngong, Kenya

The husband and wife team of Isaac and Wanjiku (Mama Zipporah) Kamau initially set out to relieve the suffering of 15 children living in the slums of Ngong, Kenya. By opening their own tiny home and providing laughter, love, and lessons to these incredibly poor children they transform loss into life and begin their life […]

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Marafiki Community – Nairobi, Kenya

Marafiki means ‘Friend’ in Swahili and the founder of Marafiki Community, a young Kenyan named Izzo made it his personal mission to assist the desperately poor in the IDP (Internationally Displaced Persons) camps that sprang up in 2007 after the post-election violence of that year. These camps house over 600 hundred families that were forced to leave their livelihoods […]

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Strong Hearts Ethiopia – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

A young Ethiopian charismatic is called to embrace the Korah community. Tucked in amongst one of Addis Ababa’s wealthiest areas serving as home to ex-­‐pats, countless diplomatic missions, shops and gated communities live tens-­‐ of-­‐thousands of Ethiopia’s impoverished children and adults, HIV victims as well as the sick and infirmed. His vision, to change the […]

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