A picture is worth a thousand words…

This past week we received word that the first children had moved into The Orchard Children’s Home. Of course we have been anticipating this, and were thrilled to know the Home would be put to good use, but I later had to take a moment to study the above photo and process the emotions that it brought.

I think of the work that has gone into getting the Home ready for this very moment, and the beautiful people we met along the way… – especially our amazing director Monica and those living there now who have devoted themselves to parenting these new children.

Antony, Leslye and their 3 year old daughter, Romina, joined our staff earlier this year as the very first house parents at The Orchard.

Anthony, Leslie and Romina

They moved into the Home and have been working alongside Monica to prepare the Home to receive children. It’s hard to explain what a blessing it is to see the property occupied by such a great staff! Wendy and I already miss them dearly, and look forward to the day we get to go back for a visit! Antony and Leslye have been working with little Romina to prepare her mentally for the new “brothers and sisters” that would be entering into her life.

The Home is beginning to take on a very “lived in” feel.

Kyle, Monica and Antony having a casual meeting in the Children’s Home.

Details about the Children

Late in the day on November 3rd, siblings *Cristofer (6), and *Esther (5), arrived at the Home with Kyle, after hours of work with local authorities to receive the children and pass them through the necessary medical examinations.

Kyle was able to comment regarding the children’s history…

We actually know very little about the little ones… The document I received from the judge just outlines that they have been in various situations of abandonment and the issue is still under investigation…

All the thoughts I had been having about the work that’s been going on for the past two years… and all of the people involved in any way (you know who you are)… It all finally came together at a beautiful climax, which Kyle summed up very nicely in his final thoughts:

… They are settling in well, very lively and all feel very blessed to be able to have them here with us…

All of that work was important, but all we feel now is complete joy in knowing that there is a home and a family ready to love on and care for a little brother and sister who desperately need it!

Antony was able to chat with me online that evening and pass along the exciting news, as well as this gem of a photo of his daughter Romina and Monica’s daughters Seanael and Ayelen playing with their newest family members Cristofer and Esther!

Clockwise from the top: Cristofer, Esther, Seanael, Romina, Ayelen.

Later in the week, Antony and Leslye were able to bring their new family of 5 over to TEC for some play time and to introduce them to the rest of the Kids Alive Staff.

Please join us in praying for these two little ones, as well as for The Orchard director,  Monica, Regional Director, Kyle and especially for house parents Antony and Leslye as they adjust to new family life. We are praying that Cristofer and Esther are the first of many orphans and vulnerable children to be given a family and shown God’s love thru our staff at The Orchard.

* Cristofer and Esther’s real names have been changed in order to protect their privacy.
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Jonathan Reid

Pucallpa, Peru Missionary at Kids Alive International
Raised a missionary kid and came back to serve under Kids Alive International in the same town where he grew up.


  1. Hi Jonathan and Wendy

    Wonderful news! Well done! The Lord has used you mightily in setting up this lovely home. The best and most touching thing of all is the beautiful smiles on Chistofer and Esther’s faces. They look like they have finally come home.

    Much love

    John and Ann

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