A mother who traded her sorrows for joy.

If you followed my blog posts while I was in Myanmar last year, you’ll remember the lady above from Sai Kua Village. She had sent her children far away to live in an orphanage so that they could receive a free education—the best thing for them, she thought.

When I met with her, however, she shared these emotional words: “Knowing that my children are alive and missing them is worse than missing someone who is dead”. Almost as soon as they had left she regretted her decision, and she couldn’t eat for a week because of her grief. Only through prayer and the encouragement of others was she finally able to eat again.

I’m happy to report that her sorrow has ended and she is now rejoicing! Because of a micro-loan she and her husband received from Orphan’s Tear that they’re using to grow crops they can sell to earn money, she can now afford to keep her children at home and send them to a local school.

I can’t help the tears that come to my eyes as I look at this photo of this mom grinning ear to ear at her children

This is one of 6 other families in Sai Kua Village that received their children back, thanks to a loan from Orphan’s Tear

For the children,

Elisabeth Walter
Director of Orphan’s Tear

Living Hope Orphanage’s director sent me a photo of a few of the children enjoying their “see-saw”

The months of March, April and May are the hottest time of year in Myanmar (often over 100 degrees), so that’s when children there enjoy their “summer” break from school. It’s also the time when many of the orphanages we support have a spiritual retreat for the children.

After one such retreat, I received this message from New Heritage Orphanage in Yangon.

THANK YOU so very much for your faithful, prayers and Supported this faithful and fruitful effort to ” weekend camp Spiritual rethreat” at New Heritage Home. All children [have] accepted [Jesus] as Personal Savior Lord [and] commitment to Jesus their life. So, we are thankful to all of you. May God bless to you.

In Other News….

The cute little boy pictured above isn’t an orphan, but my son Jonathan David who was born on March 25, 2014. He was born 5 weeks early and has had to be in NICU on two occasions now. He is so precious and I’m such a proud parent that I had to share his picture with you.

Thank you so much for your continual support for the orphans!

Elisabeth Walter
Director of Orphan’s Tear

The children of Life Concern Orphanage praying during their daily devotions

Dear Friends,

I love to hear encouraging news about how, together with you, we’re bearing fruit for the Lord in the lives of orphans around the world. Thanks to the blessing of email technology I get to read reports every month from orphanages that Orphan’s Tear supports. This month, I want to share with you a letter I recently received from the director of Life Concern Orphanage in Yangon, Myanmar. I hope you are encouraged by it like I was!

We the Life Concern family would like express our heartfelt and gratitude to all the donors of the kids who are under our care. Your love, care, prayer and your financial aids really be a very meaningful for the kids and now, they are growing in status as well as their education performance. The elder kids also love the Lord and accepted Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. Last year five of the elder kids baptized. Your supports really help their physical needs as well as their soul and spirit.

May the Lord bless you all abundantly. Amen.

-Joney Thawng Hup

Thank you all so much for your ongoing partnership to better the lives of orphans in Jesus’ name. May the Lord bless you!

Elisabeth Walter
Director of Orphan’s Tear

Orphan’s Tear might be a small ministry, but with our partners we are strong!

Watch out, because fruitfulness at Orphan’s Tear is bursting at the seams! Just this month we helped get small businesses started at 28 new orphanages in Myanmar, a foster family in Nepal, and a new orphanage in India! Several are starting water filtration or mushroom growing businesses, while others are opening a kimchi shop, a photography business, a brick business, and many more!

But here’s the best part—these businesses will benefit over 400 orphans!

I’m absolutely blown away by everything we have been able to do so far this year, and it is just getting started! May the Lord bless you for your part in this!

Elisabeth Walter
Director of Orphan’s Tear

Filed under: Myanmar

This young woman is one of the many older orphans that Orphan’s Tear serves.

We feel it is our responsibility at Orphan’s Tear to help prepare older children, who are growing too old to continue living at their orphanage, to become self-sufficient adults. We also want to make sure they make that transition successfully.

We usually turn this work over to the Education Fund at Heaven’s Family. We’ve had many requests recently from our orphanage directors to help their older orphans receive important vocational training. Below is an example of one of the orphans that needs vocational training. Would you consider helping one (or several) of them?

If you’d like to see more opportunities to help equip older orphans through the Education Fund, please click here.

Elisabeth Walter
Director of Orphan’s Tear

Love and Mercy Shelter received some new pillows, blankets, and mosquito nets. Do you think these kids were excited at all?

Kap Thang is convinced that by empowering his fellow Christians to do business they will no longer live in poverty.

“Business is for non-Christians! You can’t be a Christian and run a business.” That is what has been said hundreds of times by pastors and Christians in Myanmar. Because of so much corruption there, pastors have always encouraged their parishioners to stay away from business. That thinking has meant that many Christians have also stayed away from legitimate opportunities that they could have used to support themselves and the work of the kingdom of God.

Kap Thang, a teacher at the Focus Business School, told me, “The only business my people know how to do is to sell their home. They sell their house, move to a more impoverished area, use the profit until it runs out, and then repeat the cycle all over again. Eventually they buy homes that surround the graveyards, the land no one else wants.”

“Angela” Za Par Sung recently graduated from the Focus Business School. She takes care of 9 orphans in Yangon, Myanmar, and because of her poverty, Orphan’s Tear offered her a chance at generating income to support the children. We offered her a $1,000 loan to start a small business…with one catch: she must first attend FBS. We know that if Angela receives some practical business principles, her likelihood of succeeding at her business and repaying her loan will be much higher!

Angela’s graduate certificate

FBS is a 3 month program that destroys the myth that Christians can’t run a successful business with integrity and godliness. They teach business principles straight from the Word of God.

After sending Angela to the Focus Business School she wrote:

By the grace of God I have completed the course and can graduate Business course. I would like to say thank you very much for your support to attended the Business course because this is the great opportunity for me. I have dreams to be come success business woman since my childhood but I don’t know how to do business and all of my relatives also there is no one business women or men. But fortunately you support to go business course at that time I realize that God open the way for me to complete my dreams through you. And I really thank God and praise to His Name and very thank full to you and your organization may God bless you all. Now I preparing for small income business in selling purified drinking water.

We hope that Angela will soon be on her way to fulfilling her dream of becoming a successful business woman! And as an additional blessing, we are excited to see how she passes on her newfound business sense to the future entrepreneurs in her care.

Helping people become self-sufficient is a wonderful thing! Thank you for being a part!

Elisabeth Walter
Director of Orphan’s Tear

Graduates of the most recent Focus Business School with their teacher, Kap Thang (seated at the center of the second row in the dark blue shirt)

Filed under: Myanmar

A few of the children of Rhema Childcare Center in Yangon, Myanmar in their school uniforms.

That Ci, the director of Rhema Childcare Center, sent the above photo to me today. The smiles on the faces of the children really warmed my heart, and I hope they do yours too!

I’m so thankful that a part of each sponsor’s monthly support is used to send their child to school each week. By going to school, these kids will have greater opportunities for success after they leave the orphanage.

Thank you for making a difference!

Elisabeth Walter
Director of Orphan’s Tear

The staff of Orphan’s Tear (left to right): Daisy Servant, Elisabeth Walter (myself!), and Diane Scott.

Happy New Year to all of you! Thanks to your partnership, 2013 was a very fruitful year for Orphan’s Tear.

I’d like to share with you a brief report about how you touched orphans and unwanted children last year, and I made it into a short video you can watch by clicking here. The video also includes our goals for the coming year…PLEASE WATCH!

Thank you so much for making a difference in the lives of orphans all around the world in 2013. I’m looking forward to another great year.

God bless you!

Elisabeth Walter
Director of Orphan’s Tear

Two skinny Santas showed up to a Christmas party held at Life Concern Orphanage. The costumes were used to attract several hundred neighbors to an outreach party, where everyone heard the gospel!

Children “hopeful” of getting to the bathroom before it’s too late!

I couldn’t help but grin when I saw this photo from Hopeful Children’s Home in Yangon, Myanmar. Thankfully, this is a photo of Hopeful’s old toilet—one that, despite its dilapidated condition, had to be shared by all!

The photo below shows their “new and improved” facilities. As you can see, it’s a great upgrade from what they had before…and there are no lines to get in! (Although privacy is a little lacking on the left side, they can enjoy a nice view of the woods while they’re taking care of business.)

Thank you to everyone who has given to Orphan’s Tear’s Special Projects Fund! That little improvement cost only $115 dollars!

For the children,

Elisabeth Walter
Director of Orphan’s Tear

Ahh…nothing like enjoying nature while you’re answering Nature’s Call!

Boy to young man: the photo of Jacob on the left was taken in 2005, and the other was taken this past September.

Did you realize that Orphan’s Tear saves you money each year? Yes, by constantly looking for ways to improve our efficiency, we keep the cost of sponsorship down. Let me give you an example…

Each year we do our best to take an updated photo of your child. But instead of printing that photo and mailing it to you, we upload it to our website and then send you an email link for you to view it and download it to your computer. Multiplied by all the sponsored children, and that saves us over $600 every year!

So…how does that fact save you money?

By keeping our costs low and only using funds given to our General Fund for administration, we can keep sponsorship costs low. If we added those costs to your sponsorship, you’d have to pay more every month. Instead, we believe in sending 100% of sponsorship funds directly to the orphans who need them.

By the way, if you’d like to give towards our already low-admin expenses, you can do so by clicking here.

Blessings (and savings!) to you!

Elisabeth Walter
Director of Orphan’s Tear

Orphan's Tear uses none of the contributions received for fundraising or administrative purposes. 100% of everything we receive from you directly benefits orphans. General gifts to our parent ministry, Heaven's Family, provide the administrative costs of Orphan's Tear.