Earlier this year, we were blessed with an opportunity to raise funds to add on and improve our orphanage in Myanmar, a country torn by civil war for decades. Our director there, Pastor Vel Za Siama started this orphanage long ago, and my wife Nolin and I have been blessed to both support and meet one of the girls living there. In recent years many of you have helped us buy not one but two farms for the orphanage where they grow chickens, tilapia, and goats. These endeavors help provide food for the kids and a surplus for pastors we also support there. During the pandemic, things have ground to a slow pace, but the work continued.
A few months ago, we were asked to raise $29,000 to add a second floor to part of the facility, which would be used for more housing, and to remodel the kitchen below, which was flooding with each rain. A donor called and asked what needs we had at that moment and paid the project in full before we had time to make you aware of it. What a blessing.
Today, however, I received some upsetting news. From the time we began this project, collecting funds and sending them over, prices doubled in some cases and tripled in others, not unlike in the rest of the world. Our team has done their best to cut corners; in fact, Vel’s wife has forgone medical treatments and medicine so the funds could be used for the children. Vel has informed me that due to rising costs, he has a deficit of $13,000, and we want to help meet that need. The kids need a completed, safe and dry place to live.
If you are able and inclined to help, please do so by using the donation form on this page or mailing in a check for our Myanmar Orphanage. Below you can see some of their progress and understand why we need to finish this project. I don’t want our Lord’s enemies to mock his servants in Myanmar by saying, “this man began to build and was not able to finish.” (Luke 14:30)
Thank you for considering this need and joining me as a partner in fulfilling it.
Jon Enjoy the photos: In Myanmar, as in many countries, the first floor would be our second. What we call the first floor, they call the ground floor. So, in reality, this is a three-story facility being constructed against their existing facility. Knowing that will help you understand the photos better.
The first (actually second) floor prepared for pouring the cement.