I’ve prayed for many hours, equal parts hopeful and concerned, for the opportunity to say in this year-end address that 2021 was an easier year than 2020. The end of this year is in sight, but the end of the ongoing struggles of humankind, all around the world, is a faint speck of light, far down the tunnel.
In times like these, I’m sure glad our Father is the King! The end of the tunnel is right in reach with His guidance. Only His infinite wisdom can see what the end of the pandemic looks like. And only His strength, love, and guidance can get us there.
Here’s what we can do. We can take care of ourselves and each other. We can love our neighbors, and we can heal, and we can grasp His outstretched hand and walk forward towards that speck of light. We can watch it grow bigger and brighter with each step ahead.
The Road Behind Us
When I look back, I see that familiar extra pair of footsteps in the sand.
Certainly, the pandemic continues to cause chaos in the developing countries we serve. Many emergency food and medicine supply lines have been restored, but children and widows still face perils, vulnerable not only to contracting Covid-19 but also other diseases, parasites, natural elements, abuse, and trafficking. Economic hardships heighten women and girls’ vulnerability to violence and exploitation outside their homes.
Within the last year, we saved and served more orphans and widows than the previous year, which is why your dedicated support is pricelessly imperative to the mission.
If you’re still reading, you’ve made it farther than most people do. And the fact that you received this letter means your devotion to “the least of these” reaches far beyond what would make most people stop reading and avert their eyes.
The Road Ahead
In 2022, our work continues without a single hiccup, just like it always has. We will continue to work directly to support children who are survivors of not only the pandemic, but more grave situations, such as war, abuse, natural disasters, refugee crises, unforeseen incidents, and disease from unclean water and inadequate nutrition.
The real impact of our Kinship Projects comes when the children grow up, equipped to build lives of their own. Your support has resulted in orphans growing up to become doctors, business leaders, teachers and pastors. And wait until you hear more about our Kinship Alumni.
There’s so much light ahead of us. Whether we reach the end of the pandemic tunnel in 2022 or not, the best direction to go is forward. There are always more orphans to rescue, more mouths to feed, and more lives to save, so let’s keep walking ahead.
A year-end gift helps the thousands of orphans and widows in our care, who desperately need shelter, medical attention, clean water, hygiene and sanitation, home stability for their studies, and, of course, the guidance of the Lord.
Yours in Christ,
President and CEO