Each December, First Baptist Church Mineola and Hainesville Baptist Church are blessed with the opportunity to serve Casa Hogar Bethesda, Children’s Home Ambassadors for Christ and Rainbow Ministries, all orphanages in Coahuila, Mexico. FBC Mineola has been involved in ministering to these orphanages for over 20 years, HBC has partnered with us for the last 5 years. When the ministry began, the church delivered toys to the children each Christmas. Due to fears of drug-related violence, many churches have pulled their support in the area, leaving the orphanages with many needs. We are now focusing our support on providing tangible needs for the orphanages. Here is a short video of the ministry.
Located in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico, Casa Hogar Bethesda has around 20 special needs children and is run by Paulino Esquivel and his wife. Children’s Home Ambassadors for Christ located in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico, has nine children and is run by Eleazar Flores and his wife. Rainbow Ministries orphanage located in Morelos, Coahuila, Mexico, currently has 20 children and is run by John Bivens and his wife.
There are 12.4 Million Orphans in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The average American eats 5-7 pounds of food per day and throws away almost 500 pounds of food per year.
It takes at least 50,000 pounds of food to feed these 50+ children and workers for a year.
God's Heart and Commands
A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. - Psalm 68:5
He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. - Deuteronomy 10:18
Cursed is anyone who withholds justice from the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow. - Deuteronomy 27:19
Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. - Psalms 82:3
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. - James 1:27
We were all Orphans
… In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. - Ephesians 1:4-6
Father, thank you for adopting me and sending Jesus to open the door of your home for me. I ask that you would open my eyes to the desperate needs of these children, that you would give me a personal sense of responsibility to be a “defender” and a “provider”. I pray for my church, that we would walk in obedience to your word through this mission. I thank you for the caretakers of these children, and I thank you for the opportunity to serve your people.