Our family has been has been serving at The Mission for Children in Carmen Serdan, which is an orphanage for disabled individuals, in various capacities and stages of our own lives off and on since 1995. Both my wife Corinne and I spent time here when we were single. We came back a year after we were married and spent ten years here, during which time we adopted our twin daughters, Sarai and Noemi. After the adoption was completed, we moved back to Oregon for four years and returned to serving at The Mission in 2012. Throughout the years we have filled in the gap in every role that it takes to keep The Mission running; from changing diapers, overseeing the medical care of the orphans, scheduling, shopping, facilitating groups, administration, teaching the word, cooking, and laundry. It has been an honor to be involved in God’s kingdom in this manner, and our hope is that we may continue.
The Mission cares for individuals we affectionately refer to as “kids”, but most of them are adults ranging in age from 13 to 46. They have a wide range of disabilities; some being only physically or mentally disabled, but most being both. Some have cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, autism, or various other diagnoses. We generally only have 15 to 18 kids because the level of care requires a lot more involvement than working with typical children. We shower, dress, feed, and change their diapers. In other orphanages where the kids usually help with various daily tasks such as dishes and laundry, we also have to cover these duties.
We have our own church services on The Mission grounds, of which I do the majority of the teaching. We also disciple those inclined to lead worship and young men in learning to lead devotionals. From time to time we hold a School of Discipleship in which we provide an atmosphere for young men and women, ages 18 to 25, to come down and establish a foundation in their relationship with Jesus through the study of the word, prayer, and practical application by serving the orphans.
Please continue to remember us in your prayers, and let any mutual friends know about our blog and the new websites for The Mission: www.one27foundation.org and www.themissionforchildren.com.