Monday, November 20, 2006

Janey's NewsPrayer Requests Nov. 21st , 06

The heart of Orphans First has always been to help as many suffering children as possible—one by one. But sometimes it’s hard to know where and how to help first because the needs don’t just come one by one—they come a dozen at a time. And the needs are overwhelming. Lately, perhaps because in answer to prayer, I find myself face to face with more needy people.
Last week I was thrilled to help feed the homeless at the Bread of Life Ministries shelter here in Oceanside. We served teens, men, women and children! For the life of me, I can’t comprehend how one of the richest parts of the world can have so many homeless. America will have to answer for such a paradox. Then today, while I was attending a meeting on the Sudan—seeing how O.F. could help the orphans tjere—two dear brothers shared with me about another homeless family—with a 5-year-old child.
Meanwhile, my husband’s time in Africa has been very fruitful. A key government official came to Christ in Gabon & doors are opening for us to start an orphanage in other African countries.
But returning to the thought of the homeless, I can’t help wondering what it feels like to sleep outside at night. What’s it like to feel hungry, cold, afraid, anxious…? Or to be battered? This week, I learned of how China batters dogs since they forbid people to have more than one. (And I’ve already seen videos of how some children are treated in remote Chinese orphanages). Sickening. This is a dark, evil world. But we are lightbearers. And we must go forward bearing the Light, letting it shine and sparkle forth warmth and comfort. We must take each project God puts before us, and reach each needy child—one by one. Even if sometimes there seem too many too reach!

Please pray for the following:
The P------ family – that the adoption of the two sibling sisters would be finalized & that the girls would be home before Christmas.
Alex – still needs a home. (Pray for open doors for him to receive visits)
Sonia & others – still need homes.
Pray for more parents to adopt & foster – that all children have good homes!

ORPHANAGES / Children’s Homes
ASIA -- Pray for Grace Home in G----, India
-- Thailand – pray for young Mink,
HAITI -- Pray for friend’s children’s homes in two places in Haiti.
AFRICA -- Pray for new orphanages we’re working on in African countries including Benin—& let’s begin praying for the Sudan in this respect,
EUROPE -- Pray for our work in state orphanages in Russia.
-- Pray for a small children’s home we help in Siberia.
MEXICO – Pray for a friend's orphanage in Mexico. Pray we can come alongside & really help Cindy & these children.

Pray for our street children in Moscow, Russia, in particular.
Street children in the USA. Pray for God to give us shelters for the homeless & for people to minister to them. (May He provide a big shelter in S. Diego County for Bread of Life Ministries).
Pray for street children everywhere—and that the Lord show us how to better reach them.

O.F. provides Christmas presents for needy children who would otherwise receive no gift in many different countries including many of the places mentioned above & others also. May the Lord PROVIDE & also LEAD us as to where the needs are. May He provide also ground-workers to give out gifts, food & share the Gospel with needy children.

If you’re wanting to spread the word about the children’s needs & give a great Christmas gift, please consider my parenting book– (Click on Resources, then parenting, then Heaven Help Me Raise These Children!).

Thank you so much for praying.



Janey L. DeMeo
Founder/director of Orphans First; author & freelance writer /

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