I always wonder when I send my hard earned money off to help children somewhere where it actually goes and how much of it actually gets there. Are they driving BMW’s with a salary 10x my own in the name of helping children or does it actually help? Link to Hope Ministries is something I put my entire trust in. No middle man- just straight from your contribution directly to the orphanage. I have known Delena and her husband Dwight my entire life. We didn’t attend the same church, but Dwight and his sister babysat us when we were little. There were four of us and I’ve heard it wasn’t easy. Four kids with young parents- can you say wild animals! Anyhow, they are salt of the earth people with a mission to serve and save. I don’t know many people like the entire Link family- To live their entire lives in a town less than 1000 people and go generations with a Good Name. That’s not something many of us can do- gain trust over years of honesty and goodness. They are people of God and I think you could knock on every door of our small town and get the same answer. I am honored to introduce them to you. I hope if you have plans on giving this holiday season, you choose to do it here. Small town resources are small, but I believe sharing this will allow them to reach the resources they need to continue their work. Can’t wait to see what God does with this.
HOW A GIRL FIGHTING CANCER MOVED A FAMILY'S MINISTRY TO INDIA
by Delena Link
When our daughter Ashley was diagnosed with cancer, not once, but twice our world was turned upside down. Everything that I had ever believed about God was questioned. After all I was a Christian lady who attended a church regularly, prayed often and read my bible. One thing I prayed on a regular basis was that God would protect my kids from this kind of illness, so when Ashley was diagnosed with cancer it was hard to understand why God wasn’t hearing my prayers.
But now, I am more convinced of the awesome power of God than ever before. I look back and can honestly say that I am thankful for what I went through with my family. I’m convinced that God could have healed Ashley instantly, or never allowed this to happen at all. But how else would we have learned about perseverance and spiritual restoration if not for the past few years.
It all started back in 2004 at the age of 10 Ashley was diagnosed with her first round of Osteosarcoma (bone cancer) then after being 5 years clear, the cancer returned, this time in her lungs. So you can understand why I didn’t understand what Gods plans was for us all.
Too many times when people are healed instantly they forget about it a week later or even that day ( like the men in Luke 17) and their life goes on as usual without giving the praise to God that he so deserves. Instant healing sometimes means that you are missing out on more important things.
An instant healing for us would have caused us to miss out on all the love and affection that was poured out on my family from this and surrounding communities and that would have been a tragedy in itself. One day I asked God why he would allow this to happen to us and he replied, “ It rains on the just and the unjust.” Ashley is a very strong girl and God has put a special bond between Mother and Daughter we have spent much time together praying , crying and being as strong as we can be.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort in trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
Through volunteering at hospitals and visiting patience and their families, we hope to share the experience and comfort that has been obtained from God through our trials and tribulations our family has endured in the fight against cancer. God grants us comfort and compassion so we can give it to someone else.
God began to open another door to our ministry.
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
It’s heartbreaking to see so many children around the world who are not able to enjoy the greatness that comes from being a part of a real family. As Christians we have a desire to do all that God will enable us to do in order to meet these needs. Choosing where to help is a very difficult decisions because there are too many to choose from. Prayer is the key to finding the answer.
Our prayers went up to God where they met with the prayers Of Pastor Syam Sundar in Bapatla India, and Link to Hope Ministries of India was born. Link to Hope Ministries Orphanage was founded and is now an officially recognized non-profit organization in India.
When we met these wonderful children, they never knew from day to day if they would have a meal to eat. They were suffering from hunger and diseases. Since establishing the orphanage, we have been able to provide food, water, & electricity as well as putting the children through school. Sadly their living conditions are still unacceptable. This is what we are currently working on to change. Thanks to the incredible generosity of others, we have purchased a large piece of farm land and have begun the construction on a new orphanage that would provide better living conditions and house even more children. But the construction is only half complete and we are working to raise the rest of the funds needed to complete the building as well as purchase appropriate transportation for the children. If you would like to learn more, please visit our website. God bless you for prayers and support.
How a little girl fighting cancer moved our ministry all the way to India
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