Friday, July 31, 2009

A Search Made a Child Saved?

A Search Made a Child Saved?

As we all know the economy has not been our best friend within the past year and does not look to make a comeback for a while. Depressing, I know. I sympathize with the families, friends, and individuals who have been led to World Orphans website and have sat there frustrated that their lack of finances are not allowing them to give to such a wonderful God blessed organization. I know of several friends who have teared up when they say “I just want to help but I cannot help out financially, I’m sorry”.

BUT now you can by just a click of your finger!

*The nonprofit agencies kicked off the GoodSearch fund-raiser last month. GoodSearch is an Internet search engine that donates a penny (or more) for each search to charities chosen by its users.*

This is a unique opportunity for ANYONE to get involved and give without changing any routine, spending extra time or having to cringe when you think about finances (well, at least not anymore than you have already). For every search 1 penny (NOT YOUR OWN but you earned it) will be donated to the World Orphans Cause. That is your contribution to World Orphans. This doesn’t cost you anything but the time you will already be spending on the computer. This is great for EVERY SINGLE PERSON- teens, college kids, adults, business’ who desire to help.

There are 3 ways in which you can help out.





If you are a fanatic facebooker or someone who likes to get on every once in a while, this option is great for you!

STEP 1: If you have a facebook click this link first ( ) and make sure you are a part of the World Orphans cause.

STEP 2: Click this link, ( download it, and use this for any search once it is on your browser.


If you are constantly looking things up for work or just in general like to surf the web this option is perfect for you!

( )- The search engine with a unique social mission. It's powered by Yahoo!, so you get great search results, and each time you search, GoodSearch makes a donation to your cause!


STEP 1: clicked on the link above

STEP 2: there will be a section in the middle of the page that says “WHO DO YOU SUPPORT?”


STEP 4: Click “Verify” to the right of where you typed World Orphans




STEP 1: click on the link above

Step 2: right below the “WHO DO YOU SUPPORT?” you will see the 2 prompts that say

Get the GoodSearch toolbar or add us to your search box”

Make GoodSearch your homepage

STEP 3: Follow the instructions and you will be all set up for automatic searches that allow you to use your time wisely and financially effective.


IF you are like me and love a bargain and are constantly searching for places that have discounts, coupons or better deals online than in store this is SHOPTASTIC!

( )- The new online marketplace that donates A PERCENTAGE of your purchase to the nonprofit or school of your choice. You can choose from hundreds of popular merchants and the experience of shopping through GoodShop is exactly the same as going to the retailer's websites directly.

STEP 1: clicked on the link above

STEP 2: there will be a section in the middle of the page that says “WHO DO YOU SUPPORT?”


STEP 4: Click “Verify” to the right of where you typed World Orphans




*According to GoodSearch Internet search engines generated $6 billion last year in revenue from advertisers who pay a fee each time users click on links to their Web sites*

-The average Internet user spends close to 3 hours per day online. This exceeds the time that an average respondent spends watching TV, which is about 1.7 hours per day.

-The Internet is, perhaps more than anything else, a means of communication – about 57% of the time on the Internet is spent on email, instant messaging, or at chat rooms. However, unlike the phone, the Internet enables a wide range of activities beyond communication. The remaining 43% of time on the Internet – that is, the time online that is not spent on some type of communication – is spent playing games (20.3% of the 43%, or about 8.7% of the total), surfing (15% of the 43%), shopping (10% of the 43%), among a wide variety of other things.

Monday, July 20, 2009


Hello to All,
I hope this letter finds you all well and enjoying the beautiful summer days. The weather here in Colorado has stayed relatively calm compared to last year at this time with tornadoes swirling around. I think we may have hit 100F a couple days this summer and I thank God for no more.

Life has continued to move on and I am trying to stay up with everything going on. My dad is currently in Ghana Africa serving at one of the many medical outreaches he does each year. My mother is hard working as always and has returned from Israel several months ago and is back and running with all of her church and prayer ministry. Julie is currently engaged and trying to find a job. Dusty is fighting fires again this summer and has had a relatively calm summer. And I am here in Colorado learning to adjust to this new chapter in my life.

These past months have been very rough and challenging for me. As some of you know I am no longer engaged. God has really been working on my heart in my personal life and has continued to bless my ministry with World Orphans. It is encouraging to know that my place is here with World Orphans and God confirms it daily. I have recently been promoted to the Director of Communications. This will allow me to help steady and keep the office in one piece while the rest of the staff is traveling as well as maintain and develop our donor and public relations campaigns. I will be overseeing and working with 3 people in our communications and design departments and am excited to get started. It has challenged me and continues to be a rewarding task to do. Terryll, our admin here at the office, is on a 3 week trip in China and I have been doing her job and mine for the past weeks. Needless to say I will be glad when she is back but I have gained more knowledge about the workings here at the office.

As for my personal life, I have labeled this life’s chapter as “Alone and Learning to Love it”. I have finally been able to make some new friends, reacquaint with some past friends and begin to enjoy where I am at in my life. God has been good and has continued to prune me where needed and water where I need growth. He has used a counselor to really help me identify where I am at in life and where I want to be. But mostly I have learned that being without a romantic relationship (i.e. ALONE) is ok and that this time in my life is for me and my first love- Jesus Christ.

My one bump in the road has been my financial needs. I have raised about 6 months worth of funds and it is already the 7th month of the year. I have such wonderful supporters and the encouragement I feel from them is part of what drives me to continue to have faith the Lord will provide. I love to hear about what God is doing in my friends and supporter’s life and how I might be able to offer my support and encouragement. Please do not hesitate to do this.

I do hope that each of you will continue to pray for me and pray about becoming a part of my financial support team. I know God has tasked me with a mighty work and I need your help to accomplish this. I would also love a chance to share more about World Orphans if you feel more called to give towards World Orphans instead of my individual needs. If you want me to come into town and speak with you and some friends, just ask. If you want me to come pray with you, just ask. I pray blessing upon all of you and may God continue to protect and bring you and your families closer to him this summer.

Serving God By Serving His Children,
Jenna M. Howard

- Director of Communications
Office: 720-362-4881
"Serving God by Serving His Children"

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

I am blooming faith...

I can see the flower upon which my life grows, blooming into a rose.

See the hope of the petals.
I see leaves of courage in the strength
As long as I am, I will be.
This flower will never wilt or die.
As my life grows back, I shall become strong.
I shall become only dependent on one.
That one, will be me in Thee.
I will raise with my petals high.
My life as a flower will bloom and prosper as I grow.
I may not be the pick of the patch, but I am just as beautiful and needed as the rest.

I will stand as one, but not a lonely soul.
The tears will be far from my smile.
I am a blooming faith...

The Road Less Traveled

The Road Less Traveled
How often we must bear the challenges of life;
The endless roller coaster between happiness and sorrow;
The constant ups and downs of daily strife.
And always the question remains .... why?

Life is not an easy road for most;

It twists and turns with many forks in the road,
Although always, and inevitably, we are given a choice ...

Do we turn to the right ... or the left?
Do we take the high road ... or the low road?
Do we take the easy path ... or the difficult one?

Decisions are not easy for those struggling for direction ...
And sometimes the many choices and signs become overwhelming.

While standing at a crossroads in life,
The urge is to take the most comfortable path;
The road with least resistance ...
The shortest or most traveled route.

And yet, if we've been down that comfortable road before;
Have gleaned its lessons in life, and learned from our experiences;

Do we yet again follow the known?

Or does our destiny lie in another direction?

The fear of the road less traveled is tangible and all too real;
It manifests itself in many ways,
And tends to cloud the issues that might otherwise be clear.

It is in these times of confusion,

That we must seek peace and solitude;

Time to contemplate on our life,
Our experiences and our choices past;
Time to look back, and reflect on what we have learned
Without fear or confusion.

For only each of us knows our own personal thoughts;
Our unique past and personal history;

The experiences that brought us to the crossroads we now face.

We can always learn a small degree from others experiences,
And yet ... no one person can walk in our shoes,
s know not, the trials and tribulations faced in private ...

For each is individual ... unique ... and personal.

And that is why ... while standing at a crossroads,
Only "we" can formulate the decision for ourselves;
The true direction that lies within;
The choices we must deliberate on with clarity and wisdom.

For it is only through personal reflection,
That we can now, with the Help of the one above choose our destiny;

... Our next adventure;
... And the future we will embrace.

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DEFINE: Home: place where something began and flourished; an environment offering affection and security; relating to or being where one lives or where one's roots are...

I was able to venture home to see my family and friends for the 4th of July. That weekend was met with some unexpected surprises as well as expected fellowship and family time.
I love getting together with my family. My mom’s side was the only crew that came for this Fourth of July.

It was a joy to see my first and beautiful pregnant cousin Beth and her husband Philip. They are such a wonderful caring and fun part of our family. I cannot wait to see one of the newest member in our family and see both Philip and Beth love that child with all their heart.
I finally met Chris briefly and although I would have liked to have spent more time with the two of them I am impressed by my sister’s maturity. I do hope whatever the future holds that God’s grabs hold of their heart and never lets go. She has been job searching and enjoying her summer.
My poppa was there smiling and always waiting to give me a hug and kiss and ask me “haw ya doing sugar doll”. For someone in their 90’s you would never have guessed it.

My Aunt Candy and Uncle Bill have always had a special place in my heart. At times they remind me of two parts of myself. My Uncle Bill’s competitive-push-you-to-do-your-best attitude and his words of wisdom are always mixed with some type of military metaphor and loving sarcasm. And my Aunt Candy is part of my back bone. Her loving, spirit-filled words and classy demeanor have always struck me with and idea that I could be that person someday. She knows when exactly to send me words of encouragement and thoughts that I myself am struggling to put into words. Both are a complete joy to be around and was happy to have seen them.

I must say within the past months I have really begun to see and connect with my Aunt Terry and Uncle Danny. My Aunt Terry is so devoted to always helping out. Her service attitude has been an inspiration to me. My Uncle Danny is always a man of few words but when they are said they are precise and pointed. I know that whatever comes from him is thought out, and prayed over. They have always been key players in my life and yet when I started to become a part of the World Orphans ministry I was really able to appreciate more the task of support based ministry that they have lived for so long. It truly is a lifelong calling that has driven them and where I am beginning to follow.

Although Dusty was not able to join us in the festivities and let chaos reign we thought of him often, asking for big but safe fires. :) His girlfriend Rachel was able to join us and talking with her is like talking with a longtime friend. She has such a bubbly contagious sense of humor that you cannot help but enjoy being around her.

I cannot leave out my parents. Going home is not just to a warm house, good food and relaxing environment. Going home is when I walk out of the airport and see my mom and sister waiting for me at 10:00pm at times. Being home is when I walk in the door and I see my dad in his work clothes focused on the task at hand and then glances up to see and shock is written on his face. Every time I see my dad he is always shocked to see me home and then wraps me up in a big bear hug. Sitting with him and talking about life, dreams, goals, work and knowing I can just talk for hours and he will never once think about doing anything but sitting with me. My dad used to tell me that he would pinch me when I was a baby because he loved how my tears would make my eyes sparkle. Now, the tears come from just seeing him and being so proud of what he does. Sparkling with excitement of hearing how his last trip went, enthused when he asked me to help him package up medical supplies to take on his next trip, rolling my eyes at times when he tells me I need to go back to school, laughing as he plays the wii, or sparkling with satisfaction that I showed him something new to do on the computer.

Then there is my mom. My mom is a piece of my heart and life, without her the void would be unbearable. There are times when we can talk for hours or 5 minutes and I know that things will be ok. I am so proud of her and her on fire spirit for helping others. I love to pray and so does she. When she prays I feel an instant knowing that she is talking directly God, our Father. I love when she offers to make me food and I sit in the kitchen and chat about any and everything. Whatever the past, present, and future has or will be my mom will always have a special part in it.

I just love how God designed me for my parents. That truly is a miracle when you consider that I am not biologically theirs or even related to my other siblings and family members. Yet they love me, support me, and I love them and support them. I revel in the fact that they are my friends and family.