DADDY CLARK WITH THE FHL KIDS(HE'S THE MAN IN THE CENTER)
THANK YOU FOR THESE ENCOURAGING WORDS!
This was written by Gerald Clark, the founder of Home for Good. November 2011
Dear Lorraine,Thank you and Celing, your daughter Catherine and the entire staff and even the children for making my visit to the Faith Hope and Love Kids Ranch such a pleasant experience. I really hated to leave, and I can understand why many of the children feel the same way. You have done such a wonderful job of making the children feel loved, and given them a sense of belonging that I never believed could be possible in an institutional setting. I never dreamed that I would live to see the day when I would visit a nearly perfect orphanage, and that makes the word orphanage not even a good word to describe the work you are doing there. The children obviously feel like they are in a family, and they know they are loved. It’s no wonder they want to call you Mommy and Daddy. I was amazed at the large number of the children who gave me thank you notes as I was preparing to leave, and several of them wrote full page letters for me. Some of them asked me to return and some even asked me to come back and stay forever. These children really know how to bond and the fact that you’ve taught them not to fear bonding will make them excellent candidates for very easy adjustment into a successful adoption. You have a great potential for sending out an army of evangelists into families around the country and some into other countries. Most of the long letters I received from older children requested an opportunity to talk with me and that’s why I just had to come back for a second visit. It was such a joy to get to know them and I felt as if I were being blessed more than I was blessing. I was impressed with their biblical knowledge and spiritual maturity, but it was heart wrenching to learn of the abuses they had suffered. It just confirms my desire to help people understand how desperately these children need and deserve all the love and compassion we can give them. Thanks to the tender care and firm biblical foundation you have given them, I was truly amazed at the healing they displayed as they spoke about forgiving those who had so mercilessly abused them, and went on to share their future hope of becoming missionaries. It’s no wonder the bible calls ministry to widows and orphans “Pure and Undefiled Religion.”Yes, I was also impressed with the way you hire widows and teach them to love the children the same way you do. I could not help but notice the joy and sense of self-esteem in the widows and the orphans under your care. They all know they have an important duty to perform and they are all valuable members of a team. It’s truly remarkable.After working in an orphanage myself for six years and visiting other orphanages, I know how to observe and I understand what I observe. I have written about the urgent need to find a better way to care for children in orphanages, and now I have found it. You are to be highly commended among best that an orphanage can be. I congratulate you also for starting a church within the orphanage as a light and a witness in your community. May you inspire many others to follow your example. I heartily encourage you to write about your work and to teach others how to accomplish it and to begin to clone yourself before it’s too late. Your model really needs to be replicated in orphanages around the world. I also encourage you to teach the children not to fear adoption, but to be prepared to be Godly ambassadors wherever the Lord will lead them to the mission field He already has waiting for them. They will surely become strong advocates for your kind of ministry and will help others understand the need for every child to belong to a loving family, and to be properly loved and cared for in an orphanage or foster home.May God bless the work of your hands as you let your light shine before the world in such a way that men may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven (Matt 5:16) Gerald D. Clark Executive Director To Ensure that more children are adopted _______________________________________________________________________
Alissa Lee - her dreams are connected to my dreams. If I don't do my part, others will be affected.
Train up a child in the way they should go!!Daddy Celing with our 2 new babies.
Uncle John doesn't believe I'm an angel!!!!hehe
Uncle John treated the FHL Kids to Enchanted Kingdom!!!