Wednesday, August 24, 2011

We're thankful for the work of orphanages....

Above and Beyond Orphan Ministry is focused on bringing children into forever families. However, while the children wait, we are so thankful for the loving souls that dedicate their lives to being that safe home for these precious children. All over the world, people have given up the comforts of their own life, laid aside the conveniences and freedoms most of us enjoy everyday and have sacrificed for those that don't have a family. We want to do everything we can to support and encourage these people when we come across them. Some friends of ours brought to our attention, this fundraising/storytelling dessert evening this Sunday evening (Aug. 28) at Sonrise Church in Cloverdale. We have put the caption below. It sounds like they have had an amazing journey and there is much we can learn from them. If you are free to attend, please do so and encourage these faithful labourers.

The founders of Nathan's orphanage (Beautiful Gate Lesotho) are coming to Vancouver and we are involved in hosting an evening of support & awareness for their work. 

Please join us in celebrating Beautiful Gate’s 10-year anniversary and hear from Ray & Sue as they describe their incredible journey of the past decade at a benefit for this very special Children’s Care Centre in Lesotho, Africa. Please join us for dessert on August 28th from 6:30 – 9pm at Sonrise Church in Cloverdale. Please see the attached invitation for details or visit .

In a recent email to friends and Beautiful Gate supporters, Ray reminded us of the incredible impact Beautiful Gate is having:

Ten years ago our eyes were opened to the needs of 7 desperately vulnerable babies (5 who had tested HIV positive) in a corner of a hospital ward in Maseru. Our simple but faith-filled response to care for them was the birth of Beautiful Gate Lesotho. We believe that journey has been extensively documented through our newsletters over the years but I highlight the following: nearly 300 abandoned and orphaned children have come through our gates in that time and over 160 been adopted or are in the process of adoption to Lesotho and many countries around the world; over fifty have been reunited with families; we have had to lay to rest over thirty babies; currently we house around 60 under the age of 7 at our center, awaiting reunification or adoption.

We have also seen the building of a care center with 12 buildings including 3 baby houses, a clinic, a chapel, offices, garages and workshop, shop, skills training building, a pre-school  and 2 soon-to-be-completed apartments, totaling R14,000,000 in value. The fact that this has all happened in faith through the support of thousands of adults and children, churches, businesses, schools etc. in a country where it’s not easy to get things done, is surely a miracle. The hope and second chance given to hundreds of tragically abandoned or neglected children and the inspiration given to literally thousands of people worldwide has been awesome to witness.

We hope you are able to join us in hearing about Ray and Sue’s 10 year journey. For tickets, please feel free to contact us or Tina at  If you know of anyone else you may be interested in this event, please pass the invite along.

We hope to see you there!

AJ & Carol

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