Plaid is IN at Love and Mercy Shelter 2, as you can see in this photo of all the children sporting their new Christmas clothes!

Providing new clothes at Christmas for the children who live in orphanages—what are for most the only new clothes they receive all year—has been a great tradition at Orphan’s Tear for many years now, and Christmas 2014 was no different.

Except, perhaps, that this time sponsors didn’t receive an appeal beforehand as we’ve done in the past.

At the end of 2014 we were blessed to have enough donations left over from previous years to purchase new clothes for all the children in our sponsorship program. But I’m also thrilled to report that the excess was enough to purchase new clothes for children in 40 other orphanages—that means that over 700 kids received Christmas clothes for the first time!

Photos of children with their new clothes are streaming in, so I want to show you a few of them. Below are photos of 6 of the 71 orphanages that received Christmas clothes this year.


Bethany Children Development Center


New Life Children Center


Love Orphanage Home


Agape Orphanage Home


Zion Children Home


Peniel Children Home

Thank you all so much for your ongoing partnership to better the lives of orphans in Jesus’ name. May the Lord bless you in 2015!


Elisabeth Walter
Director of Orphan’s Tear

Filed under: Myanmar


In front (left to right), sisters Hnin Tin Par, Bawi Hlei Par, and Sung Siang Dim, and behind (left to right) their Uncle Nawl Nawl and Aunt Biak Rem Mawi.

When the youngest of the three sisters above was just an infant, their father died from an unknown cause. Soon afterwards, their mother abandoned them to start a new life for herself, and the three girls were then placed in the custody of the village leaders.

Biak Rem Mawi and Nawl Nawl are the sisters’ aunt and uncle. They felt sympathy for the girls and invited the them to live with them even though they were quite poor themselves. They knew that the girls would be much better off with relatives than to just be three more children in a large orphanage.

We at Orphan’s Tear like the way Biak Rem Mawi and Nawl Nawl think, so we agreed to help them provide the home life these girls needed. After listening to their ideas, we decided to provide them with an Opportunity Loan from Orphan’s Tear’s Kinship Care Fund so that they could start a loom business. So far the business is a success, and I’m thrilled that the five of them can now thrive together as a family!

Thank you for supporting Orphan’s Tear!


Elisabeth Walter
Director of Orphan’s Tear


Biak Rem Mawi standing in front of her money-making loom, made possible by a loan from Orphan’s Tear

Filed under: Kinship Care, Myanmar


Pau Biak Muang and Pastor James, director of New Heritage Orphanage in Myanmar.

As you may recall from the October Orphan’s Tear update, I told you about an exciting new plan to have sponsored children write letters to their sponsors. I’m now pleased to tell you that letters have started to come in!

Below is one such letter that I recently received from an orphaned boy in Myanmar that I felt was so precious I had to share it with ALL of you:

Dear Sponsor,

I am greeting you in the name of Jesus Christ. This child name is Pau Biak Muang. He is 13 years old. Now, he is studying at 6th standard, (7th grade). He has one close friend and his name is Maung Than Naing. As this child is coming from Chin state, he does not know how to write and read Burmese. At those times, his friend patiently explains on behalf of their teachers. He likes Science. Then, he likes to play football [soccer].

He has arrived to New Heritage in 2013. He was studying at Chin state with his parents. But, when his parents were passed away, one elder from the village sent this child to me for his education and future life. Though he has passed his 4th standard, he does not know how to read and write not only Burmese but Chin, his mother language. Therefore, as a father, I, Pastor James have written this letter on behalf of this child, Pau Biak Muang. We have divided two kinds of duty at our home. One is cleaning for the house and another is for [cleaning] the compound. After six months of his arrival to New Heritage, he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and Lord. He worships and praises God with the family and then, sometimes, he leads the service and gives a testimony.

He was so much happy when we had participated at one other Church for Christmas celebration last year. He said he was so happy and that was his unforgettable experience during last year. They were really happy for they had fellowship with many people. His future ambition is to become school teacher. Thanks for reading this letter patiently. We always pray for you in our daily prayer. May God bless you!

Your son,

Pau (written by Pastor James on behalf of Pau)

Without being able to read or write, Pau wouldn’t stand much of a chance of succeeding in life. That’s why I’m so happy for New Heritage and other orphanages like it that give kids like Pau the education they need to survive—and also the love and nurturing they need to thrive. And for Pau, his future looks bright because he has a sponsor who helps make his new life in Christ possible.


Pau cannot yet read or write, so he does all he can by drawing a picture for his sponsor


Pau enjoys playing with the orphanage’s new baby ducks

I’ll be keeping a sharp eye out for other letters that melt my heart, and I’ll try to share them with you when I can.

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


The children of New Heritage Orphanage enjoying a rare treat.

Eating SNAKES?? Yuck! OK, I confess, this month has been slow when it comes to news from the orphanages that Orphan’s Tear serves, so I thought I’d spice it up a little, just in time for Thanksgiving! Actually, the children pictured above from New Heritage Orphanage in Yangon, Myanmar, are eating raw sugar cane, which is always a special treat.

The children help to plant a garden every year, and this year one of the fruits of their labors was sugar cane. The children were so excited to finally harvest it and enjoy a little reward for their hard work! I just hope they brush their teeth thoroughly afterwards (I’m a mom now, so I can’t help it!).

Flying High at the Airport

For most of us, a trip to the airport conjures up thoughts of dreaded security lines, delayed flights, hours of cramped, sardine-style seating and jet lag. Even many of our children have become jaded, preferring to stare at their smart phones or video games than watch planes or look out from their window seats.

Not so for children growing up in developing countries, however, many of whom have never been to an airport, and don’t own phones or video games. For the children of Grace Orphanage in Yangon, Myanmar, a field trip to the international airport is almost like going to Disney World, since they have little spare time or finances to make such trips as a group.


Field trip to the airport!

But as all good parents know, there are times when you need to treat your children to something special, and that’s what the directors of Grace decided to do. And they turned it into an opportunity to challenge them to work hard in school so that they can get good jobs and perhaps one day travel themselves. Here’s what they wrote to me:

We praise the Lord for his grace for us. As you know most of our kids are from where there is no car, phone, TV, etc.. At all orphanages, the care takers do not or cannot afford to send or bring kids outside of the campus, like going to the zoo, park, or for sightseeing. It is very expensive for us. They really love to go out of the campus!

We brought some of our older kids to the airport and they just love it!!! They are sooo happy! They look around and see people going here and there with luggage. They get to see the planes. They took pictures. We the leaders took an advantage of it to explain them if they study hard in school they can be one of these people traveling or may be the owner or be police officer or pilot! They listen to us very carefully. It seems to see their face seeing something new and should be achieved of.

So the next time you have to fly somewhere, maybe you can remember the children of Grace, and gain a fresh appreciation for the opportunities so many of us take for granted.

On behalf of the children,


Elisabeth Walter
Director of Orphan’s Tear

Parting Shot


Zion Children’s Home in Kalaymyo, Myanmar, has a few piglets that will soon graduate to being pigs!


Pastor Thang Leo is so proud to have his son, Samuel, back with his family.

Pastor Thang Leo was failing to provide for his family. Living in the remote mountains of Chin State, Myanmar, it’s not uncommon for fathers to struggle at providing the basic necessities of clothing, food and education for their children, and Pastor Thang’s salary just wasn’t enough.

So when a friend who runs an orphanage hundreds miles away in Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city, offered to take one of his children, he felt he had no choice but to send his son Samuel away.

Several years passed. Then one day Pastor Thang heard some good news that might mean that his son could return home to his family. That’s the day, last October, when I met Pastor Thang and offered him a loan of $300 USD to start a small agricultural business so that he could earn more income so that he could provide for his family—and bring his son back home from the orphanage. He heartily agreed!

Now Pastor Thang not only has his son back, but he also has a 10-acre cabbage field!

Because of Pastor Thang’s good reputation in Chin State, he was appointed to be an overseer of 10 other families who took loans from Orphan’s Tear in order to bring their children back home.

Thank you for making a difference and standing with us as we reunite children in orphanages with their families!


Elisabeth Walter
Director of Orphan’s Tear


Pastor Thang standing in front of part of his 5,500-pound harvest!

Filed under: Myanmar


A letter from Alina, of New Hope Orphanage in Nepal, to her sponsor!

Keeping sponsors well-informed about their sponsored children has always been my desire. We’ve been limited on how well we could do that in the past, but I’m excited to share a new program that will start soon: Personal mail from your sponsored child!

This year, beginning with orphanages in Moldova, Nepal and Myanmar, we are asking sponsored children to write one letter a year to their sponsor. Sponsors won’t be able to write back to their sponsored child—yet—but this is a small step to keep you better informed!

Such a program will, of course, add administrative expenses for Orphan’s Tear, but we feel that, for you sponsors, improving the connection you have with your child is worth it. We hope you do too. And we’ll do our best to keep those costs at a minimum.

As one of our first steps, we’ve hired long-term friend and orphanage director, BT John, to gather and translate the letters from Myanmar, where most of the orphans we support live. This income will also help BT support his orphanage through his hard work.

We’ve stepped out on faith by starting a program like this because our General Fund (from which admin expenses come) doesn’t currently have the funds to cover the cost of administrating this program. We believe, however, that the encouragement our sponsors will receive—and the greater connection the children will have with them—is worth it. Our donors have already given sacrificially to sponsor these kids, so we’re not raising the cost of sponsorship. We’re just trusting that the Lord will bless our efforts to bless our donors.

If you are interested in donating to the Orphan’s Tear General Fund to help pay for our administration of programs like this one, please click here.

Sponsors have made a difference in the lives of many orphans, so I’m glad we can return some of that blessing to our sponsors in this new way!

For our donors,


Elisabeth Walter
Director of Orphan’s Tear


Happy Family: Sai Te sitting on her front steps with her four grandchildren.

Sai Te became a mother to her four grandchildren when her own offspring became drunkards and abandoned them at her doorstep. She couldn’t turn them away.

After her husband died, though, she didn’t have the income to provide for them. She hated to see her grandchildren hungry and without an education, so she did what many desperate families in Myanmar do in such difficult circumstances—she sent them to an orphanage hundreds of miles away.

God heard the prayers of her unhappy grandchildren, however, and answered them through you! After listening to Sai Te tell me her story last October, I knew Orphan’s Tear had to help.

Sai Te accepted a small loan to grow cabbage and raise a few pigs. Because of that loan, her grandchildren are now happily back with their loving grandmother.

Thank you so much for supporting Orphan’s Tear and the Kinship Care Fund!


Elisabeth Walter
Director of Orphan’s Tear


This year’s harvest amounted to over 3,300 pounds of cabbage!


Sai Te with her five pigs, which are now almost big enough to sell!

Filed under: Kinship Care, Myanmar


Dawtku, a young worshiper in Kalaymyo, Myanmar.

I have an important favor to ask: Would you take a few minutes to pray for the ministry of Orphan’s Tear? We are expanding our reach, adding new staff, and exploring new ways to help orphans. But we know that we can only do this with the Lord’s help.

Here are some things you can pray for:

• 30 orphans in Mexico whose care we’re taking on this month through one of our partners

• The successful expansion of our Kinship Care outreach in Myanmar

• Creative ways to help the children who are growing too old to stay in the orphanages they’ve called home

• Abundant success for the orphanages who have taken loans from us to start small businesses in order to become more self-sufficient (some are struggling)

• Smooth transitions for our new staff member, Philip, and new volunteer, Tenney


Three of the thirty beautiful children from Mexico that will soon be available for sponsorship

Thank you for standing with us as we seek to follow the Lord’s command to care for orphans!

For the children,


Elisabeth Walter
Director of Orphan’s Tear

Filed under: Myanmar


These children are now on their own, and they’re happy about it (or are they learning how to hail a taxi?).

It’s finally happened! I’m thrilled to report to you that Life Concern is the first Orphan’s Tear orphanage to become totally self-sufficient! It’s been a long road, but through director Joney Thawng Hup’s hard work and entrepreneurial drive, together with micro-loans from Orphan’s Tear, his orphanage no longer relies on outside support.

Joney had already been earning income from several businesses, made possible through micro-loans from Orphan’s Tear, but they could not provide for all of their monthly needs.

Then one day Joney asked me for a loan to buy a taxi. The income from operating a taxi, he assured me, would finally allow Life Concern to become self-sufficient.

Orphan’s Tear has loaned thousands of dollars to dozens of orphanages over the last few years as we strive to help each provide for 100% of their own needs, but we’ve never made individual loans the size that Joney was asking for, and I told him so.

Seeing that he was determined, however, and knowing of his excellent track record repaying previous loans, I made him an offer: Orphan’s Tear would loan him the money in lieu of the sponsorship support he’d normally receive for his children over the next 3 years. After he’d receive the loan, I told him, his orphanage would be on its own and would no longer receive monthly support. Confident that the taxi would succeed, he accepted my offer.

So far, the taxi business is doing great and it’s providing enough profit to support the children and slowly pay back his loan! I’m so happy that Life Concern Orphanage is now self-sufficient and doesn’t need to rely on our monthly support, and look forward to many more orphanage directors following Joney’s good example.


Elisabeth Walter
Director of Orphan’s Tear


At least in this photo, you can see the taxi sign!


Orphan power: Don’t worry, the car is working fine, it’s just a few of the Life Concern boys showing off their strength by pushing it!


Happy to still be at home.

“Please don’t leave me, Mom!”

I can only imagine how brave Lian Khan Cin had to be as his mother talked to him about her decision to bring him to Love in Action Orphanage. After the death of Lian’s father, the $4-a-day she earned running a tiny road-side shop just couldn’t adequately provide for Lian’s needs.

And she wasn’t the only parent/guardian bringing his or her child to Love in Action that month—11 others did too. All told similar hardship stories, and how they wanted their children to receive the education they were too poor to provide.

Mawi-a, the director of Love in Action Orphanage, refused to accept Lian—or any other children—however, much to their parents’ dismay. Mawi-a’s heart broke to hear their stories, but he knew that his orphanage was not the solution to their problem…and that Lian, like the others, needed the love and attention of his mother.

But Mawi-a wanted to help, so he invited all the parents, or other guardians like uncles, aunts, and grandparents, to a mini-conference at his orphanage.


Giving hope and family-friendly options to families at the mini-conference

At that conference Mawi-a explained that their children would be much better off emotionally and physically living with them, their families, than at an orphanage. They were quick to remind Mawi-a, however, how important it was for their children to receive a good education—a blessing they could only get, they repeated, living at his orphanage.

Mawi-a then countered their complaints with an offer. He could teach them the basics of how to run a small business and, with the help of Orphan’s Tear, he could loan each family $300 to start their own. That way they could earn enough income to provide for their children and send them to school. Gloom quickly turned to joy; worried faces melted into smiles.

Would you consider joining me in providing loans to each of those 12 families so their children can stay with them?

You can check out all the children available on our Special Projects page.

I’m so happy that we can offer family-friendly alternatives for orphans and other children, such as kinship care.


Elisabeth Walter
Director of Orphan’s Tear

Filed under: Myanmar


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