Monthly Archives: July 2014

Feeding The Orphans

“Why should we eat like kings and queens when they have nothing?”  – Sydney O’Leary age 10

Recently we had the opportunity to chat with Sydney O’Leary, now age 14, and her dad, Righ (rhee) founders of Feeding The Orphans.  Sydney is a glowing example of how anyone, no matter their age, can walk out God’s mandate in James 1:27 to care for orphans and widows.  

When Sydney was just 7 she began pestering her parents to adopt a sister for her since she already had 2 brothers.  After much prayerful perseverance Sydney’s parents, Righ & Kristie, began to hear God’s call to adopt.  In the process Sydney spent much time reading blogs and watching videos about orphans and adoption.  As a result, not only did her parents adopt from Ghana, Africa, but Sydney’s heart was ruined for the orphaned.

She was moved to design and sell t-shirts to raise money so her parents could by food for the street kids in Ghana when they traveled to complete their adoption.  Sydney’s goal was to raise $500 but incredibly $8,000 came in and Feeding The Orphans was birthed out of that first step of faith by a 10 year old girl.

Today, not only have the O’Leary’s adopted 4 children from Ghana, but Feeding The Orphans has established several different programs in Ghana and Togo from orphan care through child sponsorship, to family preservation initiatives, to Water For Life.  What God planted in a little girl’s heart, He is continuing to grow, and the fruit is evident in the lives of orphans who are touched by the O’Leary’s and their ministry.  To learn more visit Feedingtheorphans.org.

Every Orphan’s Hope

Jesus replied:“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. ’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it:‘Love your neighbor as yourself. ’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”  Matthew 22:37-39

Loving God and loving our neighbor – what does that look like in the practical?  It could look like adoption or foster care, but what if one is not called to bring children into their home?  And what about orphans that are not adoptable?

Global orphan care – caring for orphans around the world in ways other than adoption or foster care – is one way that everyone can care for orphans. There are ways to share the love and hope of Jesus Christ with orphans that anyone can  do from the youngest Sunday School student to the most senior of senior citizens in our congregations.

From child sponsorship to providing wells for clean water, from teaching micro-enterprise opportunities to training and education – caring for orphans is as easy as supporting the countless Christian ministries that are on the ground around the world already being the hands and feet of Jesus.

One of these ministries is Every Orphan’s Hope based in Zambia.  Their ministry includes My Father’s House which truly fulfills James 1:27 by bringing together orphans in a family setting with a widow mom from a local church.  The children’s needs are met through EOH’s child sponsorship program where 100% of the funds go directly to the care of the sponsored child.  The children also participate in a summer Bible camp and short term missions trips bring sponsors to Zambia to meet their sponsored child.

Gary Schneider, Founder and President of Every Orphan’s Hope is also the catalyst for Orphan Sunday.  Orphan Sunday began in a church in Zambia when a Zambian pastor called his church to care for orphans in their community.  Schneider was visiting the church that day and was moved by the pastor’s passion and the people’s generous response.  God compelled him to bring the idea of Orphan Sunday back to the United States to inspire churches to join together on One Day – With One Voice – For One Purpose:  to advocate for orphans around the world.  This is pure and faultless religion – loving God and our neighbor.

To learn more about Every Orphan’s Hope and Orphan Sunday follow the links above.  To find a list of additional reputable orphan ministries to help you help orphans visit the Christian Alliance For Orphans‘ website.

Coming Full Circle

Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives Him who sent me.  For he who is least among you all is the one who is great.  Luke 9:48

In 1999 Pastor Stan & Mary Slager adopted a sibling group of 4 children from Ukraine.  The oldest child, 9 year old Sergey barely spoke and was labeled by a doctor in Ukraine as being retarded.  Fast forward 15 years and Sergey, towering over 6 ft., has proven that diagnosis wrong.  After graduating high school and attending community college, Sergey is a man after God’s own heart.

Having been adopted into a Christian family and accepting Christ at age 16, Sergey has been walking with the Lord and even served as youth leader at his home church, Gospel Community Church in Coxsackie, NY.  But God has bigger plans for Serg.  Sensing God’s leading, Sergey recently spent 6 months in Ukraine attending a Discipleship Training School at the YWAM (Youth With a Mission) base in Vinnitsa, Ukraine.  This base has a special ministry to older orphans who age-out of the orphanage system.  This trip even included ministry outreach in neighboring Moldova which has a huge orphan and human trafficking epidemic.

Upon Sergey’s return home he shared with us that God was calling him back to Ukraine for full time ministry to Ukraine’s orphans.  The next step for him is a YWAM Leardership School in Ternopil, Ukraine, beginning in mid-July.  He will return to the States after 7 weeks of training to begin raising support to enter the  mission field back in his birth country.

Sergey’s story is a full-circle testimony of obedience.  Pastor Stan and Mary walked in obedience as the Lord called them to adopt internationally.  Sergey walks in obedience to God’s call to return to his county of birth to minister to children who are in the same place he once was – a Ukrainian orphanage.

To learn more about Sergey’s plans or to make a financial contribution to help Serg, call 518-731-6735.