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Orphans and singles are like two halves of the same whole, a perfect fit.

The Singles Serving Orphans mission made our first trip in February 2008 to Casa de Elizabeth orphanage in the little town of Imuris, Mexico, just two hours south of Tucson, Ariz.

We made it our double charge to help the orphans there while studying and embracing our call to chastity.

Since then, many of us been back 15 or 20 times or more and have formed an extraordinary bond with the young orphans and with each other.

At the orphanage we do large and small construction projects. We provide food and cook and serve meals for the kids each day. We do arts and crafts, clean and paint, play and pray, and celebrate God’s goodness.

The first time we went to Casa de Elizabeth there was a little girl named Banky who had just been found abandoned in the streets. She was angry and mean. She had bad teeth and wouldn’t smile.

With patience and love and a couple trips, we were able to melt her tough exterior, and she soon became a favorite to all of us. She said she was 6-years-old. A year and a half later she was a well-adjusted, happy kid, but she was still saying she was 6.

No one knew, we realized, when her birthday was.


Triple chocolate

We gave her a birthday party with presents and a homemade, heart-shaped, triple chocolate cake.

More importantly, we gave her a birthday.

All her friends (she has friends now) sat at a big table with Banky at the head sitting in her favorite missionary’s lap, and she was the happiest orphan girl in the whole world. Now she knows she has a birthday, and she tells people she is 7, and she smiles the brightest, sweetest smile of any orphan ever.

When Pope John Paul II died, the newspaper in Atlanta, normally an anti-Catholic paper, quite miraculously printed a huge banner headline that proclaimed “We are all orphans now.”  In a way all of us are orphans in this world until we are united finally and forever with our Father in heaven.

But we orphans can be adopted by orphans; we can all be orphans together, and we can know that this makes our Heavenly Father smile. And with the eyes of our hearts, we can see the beautiful smiles of our Papa, John Paul II, and Mother Teresa, together with the Father, smiling on us and on our Lord as he comes to fulfill his promise, “I will not leave you orphans, I am coming to you.”

Come, Lord Jesus. Amen.



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55 Comments

  1. Kathleen-311531 December 31, 2010

    Great job Dave and the singles associated with your ministry!

  2. Lisa-2533 December 31, 2010

    Great cause!

  3. Cindy-534370 December 31, 2010

    For the orphans, prayer and support.

  4. Dawn-58330 December 31, 2010

    It was Jewish law to take care of widows and orphans. A person who did not take care of the least and forgotten of society, and the most defenseless, was considered the worst citizen, in fact they were living outside of the law.

    Today orphans are forgotten (as are we singles, so often). Many people have almost cast orphans solely into the realm of fiction. Of course this is ironic, seeing as Charles Dickens did so much to bring the orphan’s plight in England during the Industrial Revolution to light in his fiction. People came to realize the horror of being parent-less. But that acute sense of society having a consciousness toward children was short-lived. What happened to it?

    God has not left anyone of us as orphans for He has adopted us. Romans 8:14-17. Great will be His Children’s inheritance. They who are last will be first in their Father’s house!

    I love hearing about this organization, and will check into it more. Thank you for sharing your ministry with us! God bless you and your work with God’s Children!

  5. Therese-632256 December 31, 2010

    This is beautiful! God bless you all for what you are doing with the orphans!!!

  6. Dave S. December 31, 2010

    Check out our website and come join us on a mission — we have the world’s cutest orphans, guaranteed! And, if you can get there, come to the orphanage in Imuris, Mexico for our New Year’s Eve party tonight :-)

  7. Olivia-111035 December 31, 2010

    Prayers for abundant blessings upon this ministry, the missionaries, the caretakers, and especially the precious children!

  8. Andrea D. December 31, 2010

    Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

  9. Ari F. December 31, 2010

    prayers!

  10. Christine-1065 December 31, 2010

    Hope everything’s going well Dave, kiss one of the little sweeties for me~
    God’s blessings!

  11. John-53926 December 31, 2010

    I have gone on two missions with Dave and the others. We had a wonderful time, and I could really see the effect of the love that has developed between the orphans and the missionaries. Please pray for them and support them with donations!
    John

  12. Larry-1530 December 31, 2010

    This sounds like a great ministry! May God continue to bless Dave and others in this ministry.

  13. Susan S. December 31, 2010

    This is the first time I’ve seen a match making group involved in a hands-on charitable endeavor. I’m really impressed that this group is helping so many causes.

  14. Michael-309355 December 31, 2010

    Prayers out to all for such a good cause!

  15. Jaime-52880 December 31, 2010

    Praying for this important ministry!

  16. Lisa S. January 1, 2011

    May God bless these orphans and direct them into save and protected arms.

  17. Joe D. January 1, 2011

    May God bless this ministry.

  18. Timothy-495906 January 1, 2011

    Serving God’s Kids changes lives, the kid’s lives and the missionaries lives. It brought me closer to God.

  19. Jenna-300977 January 1, 2011

    I’ve been on several missions with SSO. It is a great joy to serve the children and wonderful fellowship with my fellow missionaries :)

  20. Kathleen-625294 January 1, 2011

    What a wonderful charity…I’ll pass this along. Blessings to all who give with their hearts..

  21. Stefan R. January 2, 2011

    Hug the kids for me. =)

  22. Jonathan D. January 2, 2011

    I am on this trip now. These guys rock.

  23. Jason W. January 2, 2011

    This ministry is amazing.

  24. Nicole-549147 January 2, 2011

    I’ve been looking to go on a mission type trip…this one looks really neat and I’m going to consider it. Thanks for sharing:)

  25. Valentin-119637 January 2, 2011

    Thanks for sharing God’s Love through this ministry!

  26. Colleen-432590 January 2, 2011

    God bless all of you who are helping the orphans! How can others contribute or get involved in helping this orphanage? Please let us know!
    Thank you!

  27. Kira K. January 2, 2011

    such an amazing experience! Thank you for the opportunity to serve!:)

  28. Anonymous January 2, 2011

    Thank you Dave and Singles Serving Orphans, for all that you do. God bless you.

  29. Marge-562556 January 3, 2011

    God bless this ministry!

  30. Jerry-450741 January 3, 2011

    I’m sure it’s no coincidence that one of my married friends suggested to me that I look into Singles Serving Orphans this very weekend. I’ll be doing that in the coming week. Great work Dave!

  31. Warren F. January 3, 2011

    What you get at this mission is worth having. A lot of people give you things that aren’t worth having. What you get at this mission is definitely worth having.

  32. David P. January 3, 2011

    Just got back from Mexico and this program is top notch!!

    • Deanna-558852 January 3, 2011

      God bless all of you involved in this ministry. I’ve had the privilege to go on a mission trip myself to Haiti and I’m looking for to one in 3/2011 to Tijuana, Mexico. I’m definitely checking out the website; it seems I may have to add another mission trip to my list.

  33. Jennifer-70471 January 3, 2011

    I just returned from the New Year’s trip to Imuris. What an incredible experience! The best lesson learned from this trip: Actions speak louder than words (or $$)! Thanks, Dave, for changing the world, one orphan at a time.

  34. Russell-65309 January 3, 2011

    What a wonderful apostolate. I like the two-fold purpose in the article. Keep up the great work! God Bless!

  35. Jen H. January 3, 2011

    Great cause!

  36. Jen H. January 3, 2011

    singles serving orphans – great cause

  37. Carl M. January 3, 2011

    They really do a GREAT Job!!

  38. Andrea-164559 January 3, 2011

    What an awesome cause, keep up the good work, Dave!

  39. Peggy B. January 3, 2011

    God bless all the single young adults who listen to His voice and went on this mission trip. May the Lord continue to pour out His Holy Spirit on this ministry and on all those who hear Him even if it’s just a wisper, the Lord speaks to everyone in a special and unique way.

  40. Jennifer V. January 4, 2011

    Look forward to going back in May to visit my babies!!! It’s great being adopted by orphans!!

  41. Mamie S. January 4, 2011

    This is a great story! I hope to go on one of these trips someday!

  42. Cher N. January 5, 2011

    Sending prayers

  43. Michal-595912 January 5, 2011

    What a beautiful transformation!

  44. Cheryl M. January 5, 2011

    I have gone a a mission with this group and definately worth supporting. Great job Dave!

  45. James B. January 5, 2011

    Don’t just think about going to Mexico with Serving God’s Kids….fervently pray about it!

  46. James B. January 5, 2011

    Praise God for SGK’s!

  47. Erica-574072 January 6, 2011

    I am so grateful for this opportunity to actually help serve the people of Mexico with such wonderful, blessed people.

  48. Larry C. January 6, 2011

    keep the ice cream flowing!

  49. Jennifer-7584 January 6, 2011

    Thank you to Serving God’s Kids for opening the doors for singles and orphans to fill the mutual need for God’s love!

  50. Jennifer S. January 6, 2011

    James 1:27

  51. Daphne-214334 January 6, 2011

    God bless the orphans and all who help them. You truly reflect Christ in their lives.

  52. Maria-382240 January 9, 2011

    Wonderful job …God bless those who serve others!

  53. Jen-3409 April 19, 2011

    Wow! I wish I could come and help there…

  54. Emanuel-397890 October 16, 2012

    as Jesus we must serve, serve, serve, congrats!!!

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