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

Joseph desires to become a pastor when he grows up.

During each Christmas season we hear about Jesus everywhere, including our workplaces and on TV. Because of this greater openness, it’s a great opportunity for all of us to share the gospel—and it’s a good opportunity for the orphans you support do so as well.

Here’s the story about how Joseph, a young orphan boy in Myanmar, seized that opportunity.

Joseph lives at Tha Kim Foundation Orphanage. Though only 13 years old, he wondered about his school teacher’s eternal destiny, and determined in his heart to tell her about Jesus. One day he got his opportunity. After mustering up his courage, he talked to his teacher about God’s love, and how much He desired for her to be saved.

His teacher politely listened, then decided to test Joseph to see if he really knew what he was talking about. She asked him a plethora of the hardest questions she could—and Joseph was able to answer them all. Amazed and baffled, she told Joseph that she’d like to talk with him more about the Christian faith! Perhaps we’ll all be encouraged and challenged to muster up our own courage this Christmas season (and throughout the year).

Thank you all so much for your ongoing partnership with us to raise up orphans, like Joseph, to be disciples of Jesus. May the Lord bless you!

Elisabeth Walter
Director, Orphan’s Tear division

Parting Shot

Meet Jacob, who was first photographed by us in 2008, and again this year—see how much he has grown in the past 5 years!

The children at Love and Mercy had to cross this muddy water way to get to and from their home.

With boots up to my knees, I cautiously made my way through the overgrown puddle at Love and Mercy Shelter to meet with the children. As I crossed, I had visions of slipping and becoming covered head to toe with mud—and my camera and computer getting trashed! I did make it across, thankfully, but the water sloshed dangerously close to the tops of my boots. (Note to self: “Send money for a concrete walkway right away!”) I determined right then that I wouldn’t make that treacherous, watery crossing again and, more importantly, I didn’t want the kids to have to make the crossing each day either!

During the monsoon season, deluges of rainwater surround their home, making the trip to and from the road a very wet and slippery experience for all. The high water also brings disease and parasites, especially when it is contaminated by nearby open sewers.

Thanks to those who generously responded to our special project, however, the new walkway is about to be completed! (see photos below)

On behalf of the children,

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.