Hello to all of our friends a family from Emmanuel!
For those who are not familiar with Orphanage
Emmanuel, it was started by David Martinez (and his wife Lydia) after David had a vision from God to, “Go and take care of My children.”
What an incredible experience that must have been for David, and what an incredible experience it is for us to get to be a part in God’s much greater plan!
Emmanuel currently has around 250 children of all ages, a few staff who grew up here themselves, and a handful of volunteer staff, who much like our family, came with a volunteering team and heard God calling them to serve here!
I come to you all today with such a heart for Emmanuel and to ask for your prayers! We know that God will continue to provide for His children here, as He has since it began. However, all of the staff at Emmanuel are currently wearing two hats. Because there are not many long term volunteers, it is difficult for them to assign duties and tasks out to the volunteers that are here. Please pray for the staff here, that they do not get weary & that they continue to see God’s provision in their lives here at Emmanuel. And pray for future staff & volunteers, that they can hear God’s call on their lives when He says, “Go!” We know that there is great power in prayer, and ask that join us in praying for Emmanuel daily!
One other BIG announcement: Emmanuel is preparing for Christmas because it takes at least a month for items to reach us from the states! If you would like to send cards, gifts, or other necessities for Emmanuel or for our family, you may do so! Items need to arrive at the address below before the deadline date of October 28! You can mail them, deliver directly from an online store, or deliver to the address in person. Please contact them first if you plan to show up. If you are sending items for the Orphanage, you may address them to the office. If you are sending them to our family, please address them to April Southern so that they can be sorted without being opened.
Thank you all so much for your continued prayers and your support! If you need a warm place to visit for Thanksgiving, our home is always open.
The Southern Family (April, Zayden, Zoey and Micah)