Keep Dancing!!

Dear Friends,

I am so grateful for all the love and support I have received since Mark died onPaige and Girls March 9th. Clearly this is not easy, but I also ask you to remember that we do not grieve as those without hope. God’s got this. Over these months I have been trying to figure out what “this” is until my soul moves on. I have been bouncing around a couple of ideas, and, to be truthful, some days I decide to just sit down and not move. That only lasts a few minutes. Those who know me understand I am incapable of sitting for long, unless it is on a bike. I have tiled, built shelves, worked with the Lar, consulted on orphanage care, spoken to small groups and completed my doctoral certificate in International Family and Community Studies through Clemson. But for a while I was floundering a bit regarding the future.

23415344_10210775960260525_7757370564762072803_oMark’s last prayer with me was that he glorify God in death, and I glorify God in life. No pressure there! I have sought God’s guidance regarding what He wants from me, specifically. What does He think I can contribute? What do I want to contribute? Who am I to be?

First, I am to look for wisdom and knowledge from God. Proverbs 2 makes it clear. I am to call out for insight and to cry aloud for understanding. I am to trust the wisdom He gives and seek for His knowledge. Then I will understand what is right and just and fair- and know the path He wishes me to travel. I am also to seek godly counsel (Psalm 37:30-31). I have spoken with leaders, friends and family, and to a person they have approved of what I hear God calling me to do. I am done floundering.

Having started and helped lead an orphanage for 17 years in an emergent country, my passion is clear: orphan care. I would like to come alongside and help emergent and third world orphanages improve. The fact is, the orphan crisis is growing, yet at the same time there is a global anti-orphanage movement. Unbelievably, Unicef, Save the Children and Lumos use words like “incarceration” and “liberation from orphanages” to describe ALL orphanages and insist they must be shut down. However, depending upon context and culture, new studies out of Duke University, the University of Helsinki and Clemson University show that children raised in an intentional orphanage like the Davis Lar often have more success than those raised in kin care or foster care. Furthermore, international adoption has dropped 72% since 2005. In poor countries where kin care, foster care and adoption are not viable options, closing orphanages simply places these children back on the streets and at increased risk. What can I do to help?

1) Be a voice! Stand up for real statistics, not propaganda. Add to the research.
2) Create intentional Christ-based programs for third-world orphanages. Come alongside them so they can do a great job with limited resources.
3) Rally churches, countries, and global institutions to face the problem instead of ignoring it. We need all the tools we can get in order to help these kids.

I can do exactly these things in Christ’s name! I can be a voice for the orphan. I can come alongside those who idealistically say they want to start an orphanage and train them realistically. I can continue to create low cost programming and training that I will offer to emergent and third world orphanages. And that is what God is calling me to do.

Mark would crack up. When we came home from Brazil I said I was done with missions. Tired. Well, Mark Anderson, your legacy lives on! Now here is what I plan to do:

1) Pursue a doctorate. I have a master’s from Clemson in Youth Development. I have completed a doctoral certificate in International Family and Community Studies. I am applying for the PhD program at Clemson in FCS. My research specialty: orphanage care. (Who’d of thunk it! Sort of obvious….)
2) Write a book on “So You Want to Start an Orphanage.” Also, consolidate and write out my training material for orphanages to use.
3) Train North American missionaries going into the field to work in orphan ministry, whether in foster care or creating an orphanage.
4) Travel to train emergent and third-world orphanages in Christ centered caregiver skills, youth resilience training, and youth vocational counseling. I currently have invitations to Nepal, Haiti, and back to Brazil where I will also conduct research.
5) Participate in ACTION’s Children in Crisis ministry, assuring that our own missionaries have the training and programs they need.

I have been invited to remain a full-time missionary with Action International Ministries. (Seriously, Mark would be flashing me a sly grin right about now.) I will be based in the US but the ministry will have a global impact. Some have said it is difficult to support missionaries not “out there” like we were at the Lar, but for every missionary in the field, support personnel are needed in order to equip them to do the best they can for others.

In order to fulfill this calling, I have a few needs. I am blessed that Mark had a small Teamster’s pension, and we own our home. I can take care of the basics — better said, God has taken care of me. I am still in need of funds for health insurance, research/doctorate, printing fees for materials to share, and travel in order to go teach/train others. Your continued support will be appreciated! If that is your intention, please let me know so I can budget.   (Click here for more info.)
Thank you for all your prayers and continued support for me during these months. If you are interested in a speaker specializing in orphan care, give me a call!!

God bless you! Paige

(Some proof of positive outcomes in Brazil! DL boys all grown up)
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Recent Events

It has been a busy couple of months since our last update.

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Tim and Lindsey Bayne

Recruit Week – In April we went to Seattle to ACTION’s recruit week.  There were 6 new missionaries accepted and prepared to be sent.  Among them our dear friends, Tim and Lindsey Bayne.  They will be going to Fortaleza Brazil to run a mission post and volunteer at the Lar.  You can keep up with their adventures on Facebook, Missional Love.  Keep praying Mt. 9:38, that the Lord of the harvest would send workers.  Maybe there are some in your church?  Ask us about opportunities.

 

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My Hopscotch Nemesis

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Nadia – A New Sister

Ecuador – I just got back from a trip to Ecuador.  I spent time with a few of ACTION’s missionaries.  I was able to take part in Francisco and Nita’s Kid’s Club.  A ministry that is evangelizing and discipling up to 60 children and adolescents, the highlight was this photo of a new sister in Christ.  I did have the opportunity to play Hopscotch with the 7-9 year-olds.  I lost because I made a rookie error and opened the door for Deisy to “run the table”.  It won’t happen again.

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ACTION Ecuador

I participated and counseled through the restructuring of the ACTION Ecuador board.  It was encouraging as there is a new movement with a new vision and young blood to get a good restart.  Pray for them as they add a couple more members then vote for the next Board.  Pray for unity and a continued vision to reach out and send.

Missed trip to Costa Rica – I was supposed to visit missionaries in Costa Rica but needed a certificate of Yellow Fever vaccination to go from Ecuador.  I can’t get these vaccines now due to cancer treatment.  I returned to the US and am planning my trip to Costa Rica from the US- no yellow fever!

Prayer Requests

  • Health – Tests next week to verify that the Lord is still securing the cancer.
  • Future travel plans & ministry – The Lord has currently called me to this new position as Regional Coordinator for Latin America. Pray that the Lord continues to secure the disease so that travel is possible.
  • Trip to Brazil – We have a trip planned for June 17- August 15
    • Short term group – Southwest Church

Southwest is returning after 7-years.  We are so excited to lead this return and group.  Pray as they will be working at the Lar, doing a couple VBSs and a kid’s program in a favela.

  • NAYARA IS GETTING MARRIED
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Nayara

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Renner and Nayara

Our little Nayara, now 27, is getting married on Aug.5.  She came to the Lar in 2004.  She is our Brazilian daughter and now a nurse.  I have the honor in participating in this wedding.  Pray I don’t get rough with Renner, her future husband and a dentist.

  • Possible trip to Paraguay

God willing and health permitting, we will visit ACTION missionaries in Paraguay after the wedding.

  • Paige studying for Doctorate
    • Paige is currently taking classes at Clemson. Pray with her as she considers a doctorate.  Her desire is to be better equipped as we strive to participate, serve and counsel orphanages in a Godly form of orphan care, creating low and no-cost programming promoting great outcomes in emergent and third world orphanages.

Our call is to serve ACTION missionaries and the people of Latin America and the Caribbean by encouraging and equipping as is possible so that they can do what they are called to do in Christ’s name.  Thank you for being a part of that and praying with us specifically for this region of the world.

Mark and Paige.

I am now officially the coordinator of the Latin America region for Action International, our mission. We had our annual International Council in the Philippines. Leaders and representatives from all countries represented by ACTION were there and it was a great time of fellowship and prayer. Our goals were to hear what was happening around the globe and decide how we could best serve those in the trenches. The following are the underlying themes/needs/prayer requests: • Laborers for the harvest. Foreign and domestic. • Succession – National Leadership to be grown up to assume the ministries. • Support for non-western missionaries. In countries with difficult economies, missionaries are struggling to raise support and needed ministries are put on hold for fund raising. Darren Beck from Cambodia put out a challenge to all of us and I want to share the challenge with you: Mt 9:37,38 says, “Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” Join us by setting the alarms on your phones or watches to 9:38 am and 9:38 pm. Take those moments daily, as you can, and pray earnestly for the Lord of the harvest to send laborers. Those laborers could be someone you know. Maybe someone from your own family or church. Specific prayer and praise in relation to our ACTION missionaries: • Pray for the Mexico and Ecuador fields. Both are dealing with internal issues that are slowing the work. • Mexico is ripe for the harvest. Pray that Latin American Christians in the US would hear the call to “Go” to the fields with the gospel. • Praise God for the cohesiveness in Peru and for their unified vision and drive. • Pray for Paige and I and my health as I desire to go, visit and encourage the other ministries. My desire is to serve those in Latin America and the Caribbean by encouraging and equipping as is possible so that they are able to do what they are called to do. Thank you for being a part of that and praying with me specifically for this region of the world. Mark and Paige.