Category Archives: Orphanage

Exciting New Opportunities

A note from our boys home:

On June 20, 2009, POI opened its doors to children who, before that day, had no hope and an uncertain future. POI took these children off the streets, out of abusive environments, away from poverty, hunger, loneliness, despair, and gave them a place to call home. Each of the stories of our children is proof of God’s redeeming love and hope for the future. Several of you have had the opportunity to meet them and learn a little bit more about them. Today, we wanted to share some exciting news happening at the boys home!

As many of you know our boys love to play table tennis. Over the last few years, their skills have developed immensely. This past year, all the boys began competing in tournaments and some of them were even selected to represent Honduras in a Central American tournament.

Anderson will compete in the U-18 division, while Helton, Isaac, and Andre compete for the U-15. They will travel to Guatemala and compete against teams from; El Salvador, Panama, Belize, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Guatemala. Our boys, who train daily, look forward to giving it their best and possibly earn some awards.
Alongside Mary, they will leave Tegucigalpa next Tuesday, February 7th, and will return home on Sunday, February 12th. Please keep them in your prayers and join us in celebrating their accomplishments!

 

Go Therefore and Make Disciples

As believers in Christ, we can find so much hope in the fact that no matter what the world throws at us, no matter what we endure in life, we know how this whole story ends. King Jesus will return, he will gather those he calls his own, and believers from every nation, tribe, people, and language will dwell with him forever.

Revelation 7:9. That is the endgame. There is no question about it.

Really, the only question for us is: Are we living our lives to that end? Is the way we are investing our lives in line with God’s ultimate plan for the world?

This is why Jesus calls us to “make disciples of ALL nations.” It is not enough that we just think locally. It is not enough that our focus only be at home. We must have on our hearts what God has on his, and that is nothing short of the entire world and the creation of a people for his own possession made up of believers from every tongue, tribe and nation.

He has called us as his followers to go into all the world, proclaiming his name and teaching others to follow him. The Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20 is the mission statement of every single believer, and though we will all live out that calling differently, none of us are excused. We all get to play a part in God’s redemption of his people.

Fellowship Memphis has always been committed to this mission. At last count, Fellowship Memphis members have served in over 40 different countries over the past 12 years. The longer I am at Fellowship Memphis, the more I am blown away by how God continues to use our people to further his kingdom. Hundreds have gone overseas and thousands have supported through prayer, fasting, giving financially, training, and so much more. It is such a picture of the Church, the body of Christ, working hand-in-hand with one another to accomplish the mission that has been set before us.

So, with that in mind, we want to go, yet again, to do what God has called us to do – make disciples of all nations – and when we do, we go as a family. Some will stay and some will go, but we will all have our part to play in living out this mission God has given us together as a family.

This summer, in partnership with Point of Impact Ministries – an organization started by Fellowship Memphis members David and Ruth Hamilton – our prayer is to see 100 men, women, and children from the Fellowship Memphis body go on mission together to serve, love, and minister to the people of Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

Written by: Josh Weiss

 

The True Meaning of Christmas

CB5As we all gathered around that small stuffy third floor room in the home of our first POI orphanage, gifts were pulled from our suitcases one by one. As each child received their presents, the rest of the children would clap and cheer with excitement.

The cheering continued as each and every sock, hair bow, and toy was revealed out of its gift bag. Because this was unlike any other Christmas they had experienced before.

As you may have heard us share before, the majority of our families within the POI communities survive on less than two dollars a day. Christmas presents are simply unattainable within these families.

While in Honduras a few weeks ago, Ruth (POI cofounder) asked some of our students what they were most excited about as Christmas was approaching.

Apples and grapes.

Not one of them said gifts or “things” but simply the opportunity to eat something special they could not normally afford. Along with their special treats of fruit, they were thrilled to be spending time with family and experiencing the joy of Christmas—simply being together.

This Christmas, we want to send a special thank you to those of you who have made these faces smile bigger and brighter with each passing year. You have given so much to ensure their hearts are happy and their bellies are full. But more importantly, you have enabled our students to learn and cherish the true meaning of Christmas.

As you spend time with loved ones this Christmas season, please know that we are entirely grateful for your generosity—without you, these fourteen children (and many more) would not be spending their Christmas break how every child deserves to spend their Christmas—with someone who truly loves them.

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Who is blogging?

Hannah Hamilton is the daughter of David and Ruth Hamilton, founders of Point of Impact Ministry. She first traveled to Honduras at 6 years old and has been passionate about advocating for the impoverished ever since. To read more, click here.