February 4, 2018 - Haven of Hope Orphanage Update
Dear <<First Name>>,
Happy New Year! I trust that the 2018 year started off good for you, your family, business, work and ministry. January was a month of good beginnings for 2018, for the Haven of Hope Orphanage.
We began this month, with a meeting with the HOH Board of Directors. Everyone on the Board rejoiced how the Lord has provided, sustained and met the needs of the children in the orphanage. They expressed their gratitude to the Lord for the individuals, families, organizations and churches who faithfully support the orphanage in prayer and through donations, both in-kind and financial.
The Board approved a proposal to apply for a grant with a USA based foundation to build a Function Hall within the HOH compound. This will have an auditorium for 200-220 people. The proposed building will also contain a music room, storage room, pantry, control room and toilets. If the grant is approved, the Function Hall will be rented out and will serve as a source of income for HOH to assist with the monthly budget for food. Please help us pray that our grant application will be approved, if this is aligned with God's plan for HOH. A copy of the proposed building is at the end of this newsletter.
HOH has now hired a full-time, registered Social Worker! Her name is Joan Mariz R. Salazar. She is a graduate of Cronasia Foundation College in General Santos City. She began working with us a few weeks ago. For several years, we only had a part-time social worker. The government, however, requires all Social Welfare and Development Agencies to employ full-time registered social workers before their government permits and licenses can be renewed. We are grateful to the Lord that He sent Ms. Salazar to work with us as our full-time, resident Social Worker. God is good!
Our two students who are graduating from college, Arlene and Kim, are done with their practice teaching and have begun to process their required documents for graduation. Please pray for strength, wisdom and protection for them. We are so grateful for those who have helped send them to college for the past four years.
January was a good month for HOH, as we began the new year. May the Lord do the same for you as you faithfully partner with us in His work of caring for the orphaned, abandoned and neglected children in Southern Mindanao, Philippines!
Grace and blessings,
Josephine L. Pabalate