"ORPHANS Need HELP" -Andrew Strom. People may be wondering why I am putting out an email like this - whether there is some ulterior motive. Well no - there is none. Our ministry does not get anything out of asking you to help these orphans. I simply believe this is a very effective way to help - and does not waste money - but puts it in the right place. These 3rd World children need our compassion, and a lot of us are looking for something to do with our money that is scriptural and loving and effective. This is simply the most straight-forward way that we have found to do that. 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 years - just by being around my friend Brother David, 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'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. From small beginnings, they have now grown to the point where they are serving dozens of Christian orphanages in Third World countries such as Myanmar, Kenya, India, Sri Lanka, etc. God has miraculously provided the means to do this - and to help more and more all the time. In fact, they now have 500 orphans around the world who are already sponsored. The reason I am writing this today, is because there are another 500 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. -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 $20 per month. Brother David writes: "Because we keep our administrative costs low, $20 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 'ORPHAN'S TEAR' has my highest personal recommendation. I know Brother David personally, and minister alongside him all the time. I know he lives what he preaches. And I also 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 can search through pictures of orphans who are waiting to be sponsored. 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.