Building a Home of Refuge
“My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.” Isaiah 32:18
When Bill, Ehdena and their three daughters visited Myanmar in the summer of 2019, one of their goals was to identify an orphanage in need of a new building. One of our partners had given a generous gift expressly for that purpose. As we visited nearly 20 homes, we searched and prayed for the right fit for this project.
It eventually became clear that a home called “Grace Olive Garden” was the place to build. They are located about one hour north of the capital city of Yangon and have been one of our closest partners since the home was first established about 15 years ago. They currently care for about 40 children ranging in age from 2 to 18 years. One of their primary buildings, which was providing shelter for about 15 children, had become nearly uninhabitable.
When we were presented with their building plan, the budget was very close to the donation received. After hiring a builder, construction began in December and was completed within 2 months. We can only echo the words of the Psalmist when he said “the Lord has done this and it is beautiful in our eyes” (Psalm 118:23)