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April 2017

Young and Old Alike, Reaching Peru

“You aren’t in your 20’s, you know!?!” one of our granddaughters said a few years back (which, of course, made us all laugh!) I, Tony, am now seventy-five years old and Rosa is sixty-nine. Certainly, there are days when we feel more aware.

March 2017

Spreading God’s Love a Little Farther

 

Beautiful feet? Ours? Yes…or so Isaiah 52:7 declares: “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation…” Isaiah 52:7 (NIV) To be quite honest, our feet felt more.

February 2017

The Answer to the Question

“Where is your brother…?” The Lord questioned Cain, who should have loved and cared about the well-being of his sibling. Cain’s response, less than honest or compassionate: “I don’t know. Am I my brother’s keeper?”

“Am I my brother’s keeper?”

It’s an uncomfortable question for most..

January 2017

 

A Resolute Young Boy

It’s a noble resolution, especially for such a young boy; not a fleeting New Year’s resolution, but one that will take years to complete, provided he stays the course. This resolution comes from the heart of an 11-year-old with a vision for a better tomorrow.

December 2016

Extending Our Reach

Can you give me a hand this Christmas? Children are depending on it. Just like the children in Venezuela and Honduras needed it, so the children of Peru are waiting. For the past 20 years, it has been you—our friends and supporters—who have “given us a.

November 2016

20+Years and Still Willing

It is November of 2016. This time 20 years ago, Rosa and I were embarking on this journey of rescuing orphans. We had been clearing the Venezuelan land for two years and were dreaming of children one day playing on its soil. Did we have.

October 2016

 

To Trust God

“And He said to them, ‘Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?’”…Matt. 8:25

In this verse, Jesus asks the question and reveals the answer: to the degree that we trust God, we experience His beautiful peace. When our faith is smallest, fear quickly tries to.

September 2016

Redemption in the Name

His mom is in prison. His dad wants nothing to do with him. At merely ten years old, Eduardo found himself alone, facing a world of danger, poverty and uncertainty, with no earthly defender or protector. Only hurt, fear, and rejection faithfully accompanied him wherever.

August 2016

Fruit of Faithfulness

No matter where in life you apply it, perseverance pays off. We all know it, whether in finances, physical training, or any other discipline in life, faithfulness bears fruit! But I cannot identify many other areas in this life that yield more eternal and valuable fruit.

July 2016

Our Moment on the Big Stage

All the world’s a stage,” Shakespeare said. I can agree. In the timeline of human history, we each have our entrance and our exit, and in between them is our brief moment on life’s stage—our “fleeting shadow” of days, as the Psalmist writes—during.

June 2016

 

Warm and Well Fed

While we in America move towards the “dog days of summer”, in the Southern Hemisphere the children of Peru are bracing for their fast-approaching winter weather. For us, it is the season to pull out flip flops, summer sandals, and tank tops, but in Peru.

May 2016

Are They Priceless?

 

Doesn’t everything have a cost? When you really think about it, it is true, right? There is a price tag on everything in life, from goods advertised in stores all across this land to relationships we “invest in” with our time and resources. No matter what.

April 2016

A Very Special Couple…”For the Long Haul”

 

“Tony and Rosa, we are with you for the long haul.” Those words were spoken to us in 1997, nearly 20 years ago, during a time when we felt the vision consuming our hearts to rescue orphans and to love the u

March 2016

Clearing the Confusion

From immense confusion and dysfunction, thirteen-year-old “Ever” has come to the orphanage. To give you some idea of his previous reality, I ask you to imagine something with me for a moment. I want you to picture driving through DENSE FOG. Not a fog that.

February 2016

Your Neighbor

“…So he asked Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbor?’” These words, taken from Luke 10:29, make up the question from the “expert in the law” who “wanted to justify himself” before Jesus, the Bible says.  You know the rest of the story. Jesus goes on to describe.

January 2016

A Happy New Year for

It is hard to believe that we are looking at 2016, but HERE IT IS…and we are looking forward to what it holds for the children and for all whom the Lord will grant this ministry to impact through your giving and love this.

2015 - December

Believing for Miracles?

 

As we approach the Christmas season, grateful for the miraculous coming of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, I want to take a few moments to not only update you on the children at the orphanage in Peru, but to also encourage your heart and.

2015 - January

A Worthy Prayer

 

2015? Undoubtedly, the beginning of another year comes as a shock to some of you. “Where did the last year go?” you may be still wondering. For some of you, though, 2014 is happily behind you and the anticipation of a new year and a.

2015 - March

 

Created for Works?

We are certainly not saved by them. In fact, if we do good works outside of Christ Jesus, they have no more value than that of a dirty rag. But, according to(image) Ephesians 2:10, IN CHRIST JESUS we have been created to do good.

2015 - February

Certainly you have heard the proverbial statement, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” With a similar goal in mind, we are excited to introduce a bit of “animal husbandry in agriculture” to.

2015 - April

 

The Needs and the Rescues

We have much to praise God for and to share with you this month. I (Tony) have just returned from the Santa Maria Children’s Home, where the chicken farm is progressing very well, and we have purchased the second batch of 300 chicks! I.

2015 - May

The Thief and the Shepherd

 

He’s new at Santa Maria’s and very playful…this 7-year-old boy by the name of Marco Antonio.  But for a mere seven years of living, Marco (image) Antonio has been exposed to a lot of wrong things. Perhaps that exposure helps to explain why.

2015 - June

(image) Grace and peace to you as you read this newsletter.  This month, I write to you a bit differently…a bit more straightforward about the future of the children…a bit more urgent about our situation. Why? Because I feel convinced that what I am asking of you has eternal.

2015 - August

 

 

The ministry of Reconciliation

That God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself,” the Scripture describes, and He has given us this same “ministry of reconciliation.” This month I want to lift the veil, so to speak, and offer you a closer look at how this ministry of.

2015 - July

Where Eternity Hides

As the sun peers over the horizon and the world awakens to a new day, the race against time begins once more.  For many in the West, the dawning of a new day signifies one more chance to “beat the clock,” to accomplish the things that.

2015 - September

 

Offering Hope

Diego is 16 years old and has never lived with his parents. In fact, only during a 2-year period in his life did he even see his mother, after which he never saw her again. Nothing is known about Diego’s father. “Raised” by his godmother and mistreated.

2015 - October

 

From Slavery to Salvation

“We’ll pay you 250 soles a week if you’ll come to work for us in Lima,” they promised Ricardo.  It was a manufacturing company, and they were offering him an excellent job opportunity; or so he thought.  What 16-year-old living in the Amazon and wanting.

2015 - November

 

Third World Conditions; First World Dreams

If you could see “snapshots of life” from Ricardo, Jorge, and Dany before they came to the orphanage, you would understand the power of their answers when we “interviewed” them with a few questions in October. You see, before there was hope in.

2014 - January

Happy New Year from Home of Refuge!  The calendar “page has turned” so to speak, and we are faced with a year of opportunity before us.  For many people in our nation, the end of December is an evaluation time, while January and the ensuing months represent the “fresh start”.

2014 - April

Tears and Promises

I (Tony) give thanks to God for the opportunity to go to Peru recently, as it was a very timely and necessary trip for reasons that extend beyond our usual ministry there. 

As we have mentioned in many newsletters, the director of the Santa Maria.

2014 - February

A Dream for Luis

 

He was 26 years old—a simple man with a simple love for God—and he had a dream in his heart: to care for orphaned boys and give them a place to call home.  How was he ever going to do that? He was not.

2014 - March

A Way for Will

He was just a boy of four years when he first entered the Santa Maria Children’s Home.  Scared and unfamiliar with what tomorrow would hold, young Will found refuge within the walls of the orphanage; refuge from the extreme poverty and hunger that had.

2014 - May

More than Many Sparrows

 

 

You matter.  God hears your prayers.  He sees you and is working on your behalf! 

Ever just need to be reminded of how much God cares and just how powerful (and interested in you) He is?  We all need to hear it, and too.

2014 - July

In Their Own Words

 

If your children were asked how they like living life in your household, you would hope that their answers reveal the many positive aspects you have dedicated yourself to provide them with, such as a loving and supportive atmosphere, fun-filled family moments.

2014 - June

Powerful Prayer Before the Throne of Grace

God is big…and He is faithful.  He has chosen to run His kingdom through prayer, and YOU have a voice before His throne of grace. He instructs you to cast your cares on Him, and to make your requests.

2014 - August

 

The Spirit of Sonship

Having dedicated the last twenty years of our lives to rescuing and caring for orphans, it is very dear to our hearts when we ponder two of the greatest gifts that God has ever given: GRACE—our “unearned” salvation through Christ Jesus—and the Holy Spirit..

2014 - September

In Memory of Luis

 

Luis, the director of Santa Maria Children’s Home (and my dear friend), finally saw the Lord Jesus face-to-face on August 6th, 2014.  I can just imagine the homecoming it must have been as he looked into the eyes.

2014 - October

Impartation

 

We are excited to share with you news from our most recent trip to Peru, which was an excellent time of impartation and blessing for the entire ministry at Santa Maria Children’s Home.  Through your giving and God’s gracious supply, we were again able to fill up.

2014 - November

The Thanksgiving Feast

 

What a refreshing perspective it was!  When asked, “How are you today?” the man at the Sam’s checkout line simply responded, “Infinitely better than I deserve.”  And isn’t that the truth for all of us, really? Aren’t we ALL—no matter the difficulties we are facing,.

2014 - December

 

Gold, Incense, and Myrrh

“On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.” (Matthew 2:11, NIV)

Christmas is nearly here!.

2013 - November

 

Thank You

Some of you can remember back when we first began in Venezuela 19 years ago.  You remember the stories of the dump, the children we searched for and rescued from deplorable conditions, the mentally and physically handicapped children that we had taken in.

2013 - May

A Placa for Kenyi

Grace and peace to each of you reading this newsletter.  We pray that it finds you well and experiencing the joy of the Lord.  We are quite thankful, as we write, to be feeling a bit more “like ourselves” again…after both of us having returned last week.

2013 - September

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God’s Unstoppable Faithfulness!

It just does not matter what the enemy tries to throw at us…God’s faithfulness is ever-present, and we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us and gave Himself for us. A few years back we walked through some of our toughest ministry years, which.

2013 - October

New Shoes for Rumaldo

 

“Can you give me a pair of shoes so I can go visit my mom in the hospital?” young Runaldo asked us as he looked up into our faces, scanning them for compassion.  Looking down at his feet, our hearts were touched.

2013 - December

 

Keeping it Simple

 

It was one of those conversations that sticks with you, that you find yourself bringing back to mind again and again.  “Just love God and be a blessing to people,” were the words the plumber said as he sat talking about how we often make.

2013 - July

(image) No Need Too Small…No Need Unmet

We began in Venezuela many, many years ago because God opened our eyes to a need, and God touched our hearts with His love and zeal to meet that need.  We worked in Venezuela for 14 years, rescuing children from horrifying circumstances and.

2013 - January

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Fixing Our Eyes on Jesus

Each year in December as we celebrate the gift of Emmanuel and round the corner towards another New Year, we like to wish you more than just a “Happy” New Year.  We pray it will be one of great revelation of Jesus, resulting in.

2013 - February

In the Heart of Every Child

During our January trip to Peru it happened again: the same thing that first happened in Venezuela years ago, and which continued to happen down through the years of ministering to the orphans in both Venezuela and Honduras.  There I was, looking into the innocent.

2013 - March

In Honor of Our Son

This month, we share with you from hearts profoundly saddened by loss, and yet full of the HOPE that Christ offers us in times of deep grief.   Forty-six years ago, the Lord chose to bless us with an adorable baby boy…child number three out of our precious.

2013 - August

Loving and Giving

 

It’s your testimony and my testimony.  In fact, it’s the testimony of the entire human race:  God did not withhold His most precious, because He saw we had a need.  (Let that truth sink in for a moment) 

He saw we had a need.  He.

2013 - June

(image) 13-year-old Marcos did not grow up with a father to provide for him, guide him, give him love, and teach him how to become a man.  Because of this lack of supervision and guidance, there were times when Marcos “disappeared” into the streets for days.  Of course, school.

2013 - April

(image) Pressing on Towards the Goal

Juan de Dios had a rough beginning in life.  While yet in his mother’s womb, Juan’s parents tried to sell him to a family living abroad.  This, however, never materialized as they had hoped, and so Juan was born to parents.

2012 - May

Value

“…the worth of something in terms of the amount of other things for which it can be exchanged…”

We, mankind, sure do seem to have things backwards. What God esteems, we seldom value, what He looks at we most times ignore, what He calls eternal we rarely give time to, and.

2012 - April

Building the Kingdom

The Kingdom of God exists anywhere that God’s Word is obeyed and He is honored as the supreme King. This fantastic statement concerning the Kingdom of God succinctly iterates a simple truth, and we are witnessing His kingdom at work in Peru, right within the walls of the.

2012 - March

Another One Changed by Love

“Jesus answered them, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.’” (Matt. 5:31)

Our society would call them healthy individuals. You know the folks I mean…the people who go through life with relatively positive memories of their childhood years. They enter adulthood with.

2012 - February

Give Them This Day Their Daily Bread

Imagine the scene…children of all ages and sizes sleeping soundly in warm beds, with the sun breaking over the horizon as a new day dawns, and the delicious aroma of baked bread filling the air. That is how each day begins at the Santa.

2012 - January

Believing the Promises of God for 2012

As we look forward to this new year and jump in with both feet, I believe the promises of God for 2012—that He will continue to allow us the blessing of feeding the hungry, providing for the poor, loving the orphans, and sharing His.

2012 - June

The Process of Love

(image) It is not an overnight change, to be sure. In fact, the process is often long and requires much patience, but love IS patient…and it perseveres. And so, at the Santa Maria Children’s Home, they are patiently loving Eber and his siblings while they undergo the.

2012 - July

Hungering to do His Will

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In John 4:34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.”  I start this month’s newsletter by praying that the will of God be done in everyone that reads this newsletter and.

2012 - August


(image) I Wouldn’t Trade it for Anything in the World

“The tickets are too expensive,” I told Rosa as she searched online for air travel to and from Peru this past month.  “The children need our help desperately, but how can we supply for them if.

2012 - September

(image) Giving Them a Taste of God

We have all heard the phrase, usually used to describe an unpleasant person or event: “that left a bad taste in my mouth.”  For young Aron and his Peruvian family, life up to this point has certainly left an unfortunate aftertaste. .

2012 - November

How Your Giving is Saving Lives

The Santa Maria Children’s Home is literally being sustained month to month by your giving.  It is hard to verbalize just how critical your financial support has been to them, but perhaps in this newsletter we can convey just a few of.

2012 - October

 

In My Father’s House

Have you ever paused all activity and forced your thoughts to settle upon this single meditation: “What would it be like to have no place to call home?”  What would it really be like if you had no home…anywhere, not even a relative or friend’s home from.

2011 - December

A Favorite Gift for Jesus

With Christmas just around the corner, we have come to the time of year when there is a lot of focus on gifts. And deep inside, something feels right whenever I give—whether that is a physical gift I have been blessed enough to purchase, or any.

2011 - November

Joy Overflowing

My heart is very grateful for the incredible joy that Tony and I were able to bring to the children in Peru this month, thanks to your generous support. With each visit, the Lord enables us to provide the Santa Maria Orphanage with much needed food and supplies…and this.

2011 - September

Where Jesus Is

“I wanna be Your lover so show me how to go lower,
For in the depths I will find YOU
Where You’re serving my brother.”
Misty Edwards, from the song “Servant of All”

Where would Jesus be found today if He again walked our earth.

2011 - August

The Children Rejoice

I am very thankful to all of you for your rich supply of finances for the children in Peru. After we shared with you the children’s need for shoes, we watched God’s faithfulness again through your response. I am happy to say that we were able to take.

2011 - July

Blessings from Head to Toe

Summer is in full swing in the United States…a time usually associated with opportunities for relaxing in the sunshine, playing in the water, and family vacations. Do you recall summers gone by while children played barefooted in the sprinklers, or the rain, or just ran around.

2011 - June

Carriers of Hope

I want you to think for a moment of the hopeful eyes of a young child who awakens the morning of his birthday, fully confident of a promised party and birthday presents. Such elation fills the heart! Such anticipation of good! Though the sun’s rays are merely peeking.

Testimonials

Tony and Rosa are very faithful, reliable, honest people.  They are the hardest workers we have ever seen; their leadership qualities have encouraged many people to help others.  Whatever Tony and Rosa decide to do, they do with excellence and perseverance. They are great people and we are privileged to know them.

Ed and Mona Shirley
Mountain High Christian Center
Conifer, Co.