"ORPHANS Need HELP" -Andrew Strom. A lot of us have been challenged by God in the area of our GIVING lately. God has certainly been challenging me personally in recent months - just by being around my friend David Kirkwood, who spends so much of his time in the Third World. I don't think we can begin to imagine the terrible conditions that so many of our brothers and sisters around the world live in. So what can we do to help? -This was exactly the question that arose in David Kirkwood's heart in 2001 when he was taken to see some Christian orphanages in Myanmar (Burma). Here is what he saw: "Precious children were squeezed into small rented homes, sleeping in rows on the floors. They had little to eat. Their clothing was ragged. Their needs were overwhelming far beyond the means of our ministry. God, however, began to answer the orphans prayers, and through the gifts of friends, we started to improve the quality of their lives." David was not joking when he said he thought his ministry was too "small" to help. His organization is a 'one-family' outfit, where they have no big Headquarters, but his whole family pitch in to help any way they can. Because of this, they have few overheads, and can pass on the vast bulk of money directly to the orphanages themselves. In this way, they are now serving more than twelve Christian orphanages in Third World countries. God has miraculously provided the means to do this - and to help more and more all the time. The reason I am writing this today, is because there are still around 180 orphans who are in need of sponsors at this time. David began a ministry called 'ORPHAN'S TEAR' specifically to help these little ones. I can personally vouch for David's ministry - and we ourselves were blessed to be able to sign up as sponsors. -For these are CHRISTIAN orphans - being raised in a truly Christian setting. It is my heart-cry that we can see many of the remaining orphans sponsored - for just $15 per month. David Kirkwood writes: "The greatest needs are for the day-to-day costs of taking care of children. Can you imagine trying to take care of a family with fifty children? Even in a very poor nation like Myanmar where most people live on less than two dollars a day, fifty children adds up to a big expense. So we determined that we would try to find people like you who would sponsor one child through a gift of $15 per month, something just about any American or European can afford. Because we keep our administrative costs low, $15 can actually provide food, clothing, and school fees for one orphan in Myanmar for one month... Orphanages there are overseen by dedicated Christians who provide caring Christian nurture." He also notes: "Although you are sponsoring one child that you adopt, your monthly gift will benefit an entire orphanage so that sponsored children are not given preferential treatment over unsponsored children. Please pray with us that every child in every orphanage will soon be sponsored." I just want to say here that I cannot recommend 'ORPHAN'S TEAR' highly enough. What David is doing has my fullest support, and I long to see these orphans sponsored. The Bible says to help the orphans and the widows, and this is a very simple way to do it. If you wish to become a sponsor, please visit the below web-site. Simply click on the "Become a Sponsor" link on the front page, and you will see the list of orphanages. You can click on each orphanage to see photos of the children that need sponsoring. Please be open to God's leading as to whether He would have you sponsor one of these little ones. Here is the link to this 'ORPHAN'S TEAR' web-site- http://www.orphanstear.org May God bless you in your giving, my friends. Kindest regards in Christ, Andrew Strom.