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Christmas `13 at the Orphanage


It’s that time again!  Time to talk about what is quite possibly my favorite project, every year.  Christmas at the orphanage!!


Christmas has been my favorite holiday for as long as I can remember. As I was reflecting on what we could do for the orphanage this year (our fourth year in a row to do this with Casa Hogar Canaan), I had an idea. Part of what brought this project about 4 yrs ago was the realization that this wonderful holiday doesn’t necessarily hold wonderful memories for so many children.  Especially children who have been through some of the heart-wrenching things that these kids have been through. I would like to change that. So instead of flooding their space with a bunch of STUFF, I would like to give them some really fun memories.

Casa Hogar family

Casa Hogar Canaan family

The logistics are still being worked out. But here is my idea. Right now, Casa Hogar Canaan is home to 20 orphans. I would like to take them out in groups of 4-5 kids. We will spend the day with them, let THEM choose a toy or clothing item that they love (each child would have an allotted amount of money available to them) , take them out to eat, come back to our home for cookie decorating, games, a Christmas movie, popcorn, and a sleep-over! If we have enough funds, I would like to get each of them a loaded toiletry bag to unwrap, as well. While this new plan may take more of our time, I don’t think it will cost any more money. And I believe the memories will be longer lasting than what we’ve done in the past. (If you would like to see the reports from the last 3 projects, click here!)


Here are the details. If you want to help (even $5 would go far!) you can do so 2 different ways. Send a check to our church with “Orphanage Christmas” in the memo line:

Redeemer Baptist Church

18800 E. Iliff Ave,  Aurora, CO  80013

OR you can use paypal and transfer funds to: nathan_terrell@sil.org

If you don’t have anything to give, we understand that too. Maybe you could help by posting this link to your Facebook or Twitter? Or perhaps your church or other small group would like to get involved? Whatever it is, just know that you won’t be sorry. Being a part of this project is something I look forward to SO much every year. These children are precious and deserve every good thing we could possibly give them!

I can’t wait to see what God is going to do through you this year!!

James 1:27… “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans…”

Orphanage Schoolhouse


A few weeks ago I mentioned a new project at the orphanage, and I promised to tell you about it soon. Well the day has come! Have you been on pins and needles? I was sure you were. 😉

"Muchas gracias!!!" from the Casa Hogar Canaan family

Casa Hogar Canaan (the orphanage we work with here in Chiapas) is now a certified school! This is good news for Yara (the mama) on so many levels. She was already homeschooling her 22-35 kids (the numbers are constantly changing). But now that they are considered a school as well as an orphanage, the government has sent 2 teachers to help her! I can only begin to imagine the relief she is experiencing. For the last several years, Yara has taken care of all educational needs from the dining room table and wherever else the kids found room to sit. For years, she has been thinking that it would be nice if there were a place they could do school and keep all their books and things. So they began construction on a building.

The outside of the school house

The outside of the school house

As you can see, it’s a rough start. But it’s a start! Their schoolhouse funds have been exhausted, but there is still so much to do!

This is the inside of the schoolhouse at the moment!

This is the inside of the schoolhouse at the moment!

They still need windows, doors, lighting, floors, a restroom, desks, and preferably some sort of heating as well. We estimate that all of this could be done nicely for $20,000. Wouldn’t you  love to be a part of this project?? You don’t have to have hundreds of dollars to spare. If every person who cared would send $10, we would make major strides toward finishing this building for this precious family.

Sweet boys!

Sweet boys!

I’ve set up a YouCaring account for the project. Because who doesn’t love to watch that ticker on the side of the page climb towards our goal?? YouCaring makes it so easy to donate. Just follow this link and the click on the blue “Give” button to make a secure PayPal donation.


Or if you prefer to send a good old-fashioned (tax-deductible) check, you can do so to this address:

Cross Country Ministries
c/o Louis I. Cole, Attorney
3710 Rawlins St., #950
Dallas, TX 75219
Please write “Teopisca, Mexico Orphanage” in the memo line.

I will post pictures as often as I can of progress being made on the schoolhouse. Even if you can’t send money, maybe you can re-post this to your blog or facebook? Thank you in advance for your help! I can hardly wait to post the blog that shows you a finished building. 🙂