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Orphans R Us
By Julie Ferwerda
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nancy the weaselHaiti was my first-ever mission trip. I will never forget anything about it, but especially the kids. Like, who could forget Nancy? She somehow snuck suddenly into every single photograph akin to pop goes the weasel. She was a happy, smiling girl, in spite of the horrendous things that she had endured in her eleven years. To our delight, we recently received a video from the orphanage, featuring none other than—Nancy. Here's a short peek into her story...



fidelin and meAnd then there was little Fidelin. Feverish with Tuberculosis, he stole my heart the first day. He wanted me to hold him constantly and as soon as I did, he always fell asleep in my arms.

There were other kids who made a deep impression on me. Like the "country kids." This was a group of little ones who huddled together in an old shack in the country. They were sick and scantily clad, and had never had a toy before in their lives. We spent a whole afternoon with them, giving them our lunch and just hanging out.

country girlIf you read One Million Arrows, you will find out how God intertwined our hearts into the fabric of Haiti in a way that will never be pulled free. In just one visit, our lives were dramatically turned up side down and they have never been the same since. But I'd hate to spoil the story. Let's just say our hearts made a home in Haiti...

When you read our book, you will know without a doubt that orphans are our heartbeat! Directly or indirectly, I plan to spend the rest of my life serving them. Well, serving Jesus, that is.

For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me... Matthew 25:35-36

About The Author

Julie Ferwerda with orphanJulie is recognized for making the Bible exciting and relevant to everyday life through her writing and speaking. Her articles are featured in many Christian magazines and websites for both adults and teens, and she frequently volunteers her time and talents to international orphan ministry. When not doing all these things, she lives by her mantra: Life is short, nap hard. Learn more at: »

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