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Blessings!

Posted by Brian Krahn on September 14, 2016 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (3)

Blessings, Blessings And More Blessings... That About Sums Up Our Summer at Ancla de Amor!


Where do we begin...

God is good and we are so very thankful!

In June we welcomed our new full-time cook, Marilyn. We have known Marilyn for years so it has been wonderful to have her join our team. . She has loads of experience cooking for large crowds and does it with complete ease.

At Ancla we follow a rather regimented schedule to keep things running smoothly and Marilyn is always able to provide delicious meals at the scheduled times. But it doesn’t end there. She willingly helps with responsibilities outside of the kitchen too.

In July we welcomed Janeth to our team full-time.God has gifted Janeth with many talents and we are happily putting all those gifts to use here at Ancla. She is bilingual so we have given her the responsibility of being our liaison with government officials. She also provides administrative assistance to Brian, plus helps with child-care when needed.

Janeth has a bright smile that displays the joy of the Lord in her heart. Without a doubt, the biggest blessing she has brought to Ancla is her ability to bond so well with the older children. Our kids have opened their hearts to her. They have shared their personal stories of hurt and pain allowing more healing to take place. And she has been able to mentor them in their walk with Jesus.

Does It Get Any Better Than That?

This is why we are here. This is what God has called us to do here at Ancla de Amor. This is what we here in Mexico and many of you back in Canada and the U.S.A. are praying for... that these young lives will know the love of Jesus and the healing power of God to transform them and make them new.

God is answering our prayers! And we are all so excited to be a part of the work He is doing in the lives of these children.

But The Blessings Don’t End There...

That was only June and July.  God gave us a double blessing in August.

First a New Passenger Van!

We have more kids in school this year and our big bus burns a lot of gas so a more economical vehicle to transport the kids was needed. Children of Hope, our umbrella organization, graciously purchased us a “nearly new” passenger van. A reliable, safe vehicle in the desert is truly a God-send. No more wondering when the next break-down will be. So, we want to say a big thank you to everybody at Children of Hope!

Second, an Industrial Juicer

The final blessing of the summer came very recently. We have had on our website prayer list, a request for an industrial juicer to make our orange juice. Last year we had twice the harvest, which meant many hours juicing by hand. Although we established a very efficient system it still can’t come close to what a top of the line industrial juicer can achieve.

And “top of the line” is exactly what a total stranger donated! A friend of ours sat beside this kind, gentlemen on an airplane and shared the Ancla story, having no idea what would later come of that conversation. God put on this man’s heart a desire to help us. And that he did. What a true blessing!

It is so beautiful to see how God works in ways that we never expect.

God loves to surprise us so that in the end we know, without a doubt, that the blessing is always a God-thing and not something we conjured up ourselves. He wants to receive all the credit He so rightly deserves.

“Every good action and every perfect gift is from God” James 1:17a (NCV)

Summer is over and now we are looking ahead to the next season. In October some of our team willbeontheroadinCanadatofundraise. We continue to turn away children because we simply have no room. So we are building a new house this winter.

“My God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 4:19 (NIV)

We already have some of the finances and one construction team to make this happen. But more is needed. So we are asking God for even more blessings.

God started Ancla de Amor and that’s just it... He has only just started. The vision He has given us goes far beyond where we are right now. He has so much more to do.

We are so thankful for the faithful support we receive from each of you. God is using each of us to fulfill His plan for Ancla de Amor. Ultimately all glory and praise goes to Him!

“Always give thanks to God the Father for everything” Eph. 5:20a (NCV)



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A new Chapter by Janeth Gutierrez

Posted by Brian Krahn on July 8, 2016 at 12:20 PM Comments comments (0)

As I grabbed the knob and took my first step into what I knew was my new life, a sudden feeling of joy came over me. Standing in that dark dormitory room, I could feel God´s sweet presence. I dropped my luggage, sat down on my new bed and I somehow knew that this was God´s perfect will. In silence I thanked God for this new opportunity of allowing me to serve Him in such a way.

I have been at Ancla de Amor for nearly two weeks and I have seen God´s hand over the orphanage in such a powerful way. I have seen how children open up their hearts to me, and God speaks to them, comforting them and telling them that they are not orphans; that they indeed have a Father in Heaven. Each child is a different story, and each story is worse than the last. With our faith placed in the Lord, we as staff understand God has overcome all and we trust that God is Almighty and will restore all broken hearts.

The second night that I spent here at the ranch, I was awaken by a terriying cry at around 3 in the morning. I flew out of bed and found that the little four year old was crying desperately in her sleep. All I knew to do, was to hug her and I let her know I was right there with her. She eventually fell back asleep but I could not help but wonder how it is possible that a little one her age could suffer from nightmares.. I cannot imagine the things she has witnessed or the things that have happened to her. In the morning I learned that her two younger siblings wake up in the middle of the night just like her. I see how their past tries to haunt them but in my heart I know that Jesus´ love is enough. The oldest girls shared their past as well, one by one. It was clear that their hearts still had open wounds. They spoke about how they come from severe poverty and their parents had little or no education. Such things led their mothers into prostitution, drug addictions and other things. They shared about how they have been physically abused and even referred back to close to death experiences. In each circumstance, God has been good and He puts words in my mouth that bring them to tears only because their own soul can feel He is near. His very own word says that His word is alive and powerful.

Although they all come from different places and each have experienced different things in their past, I am convinced that only Jesus can erase their past, and He has made them each new creatures. I myself am a witness of this. Each night, the girls and I stand in a circle, hold hands and pray to the Lord. Listening to their prayers is the most beautiful thing that I have ever been a part of. They tell God that they want to glorify His name in all that they do. In other prayers, they thank the Lord for placing them in ¨a family.¨ This to me, is The Holy Spirit revealing Himself to them. On a daily basis, they are eager to come into the dorm just to hear about who Jesus is and about all that He did while He walked this earth. They are amazed by every story. One has asked for a bible for her birthday and the other is motivated to learn how to read, just so that she can begin reading the bible herself.

I do not know what God´s overall picture looks like for Ancla de Amor. However, I am only certain of one thing : This orphanage was born in God´s very own heart. This orphanage is not only an orphanage. This is God´s own dwelling place. In this place, broken children have come to know the All Mighty Great I Am. They do not have mini souls, they desire the Lord and His presence badly. I see it in all that they do.

In their prayers, they thank God for all who have supported and continue to support Ancla de Amor with both prayers and financially. They thank God for each and every single one of you because they know that their life before coming here, was very different to what they live now.

Before coming here, I asked God to only bring me here if He was planning on using me so that they could come to know Him and to change their hearts. Little did i know that they would be the ones changing my life.

Janeth Gutierrez

 

Cruising With Ancla Spring 2016

Posted by Brian Krahn on April 29, 2016 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (1)

Have you ever seen an Orphan morph into an Oxygen Tank? One of our cute little guys volunteered for the experiment on our recent boat cruise around San Carlos. Just kidding, of course.

       

 

 

 

 

The cruise was a wonderful time celebrating our fabulous volunteers and all that we have recently accomplished, with God’s help, here at the orphanage. But don’t worry, our little boy never succeeded in morphing despite incredible effort on his part.

 

We have so much to thank God for…

 

Let’s start off with the best news. Our three oldest orphans have accepted Jesus as their Saviour and are growing in their young faith… It doesn’t get much better than that! The oldest is even attending the Youth Group at our church.

 

We presently have 12 children with us and many are toddlers. All of them are absolutely adorable and we thank God for the blessing of each one.

 

The orphanage is full to capacity but social services needs us to expand, enabling us to rescue more needy kids from heart-breaking home environments. So our plan is to start building another house on our property in October. We are presently fundraising for this endeavor and are seeking volunteer teams to visit us and commence construction.

 

We began 2016, with a desire to increase exposure of Ancla de Amor in our local community. And we have succeeded. Word has gotten out that we have the best fresh-squeezed orange juice. People are referring to us as the orphanage that sells orange juice. And we have sold our orange juice successfully at the Rescate Bazaar and Flea Market. We also set up a Juice Truck to sell from, on the main street of San Carlos. Plus our church family faithfully buys our juice after church each Sunday.

 

And we have needed to sell lots of orange juice because our harvest of oranges doubled from last year. We thank God for His gracious provision.

 

We are also grateful for a tractor that was donated this year, which has made working the farm so much easier. There are blossoms on the orange trees already indicating another great harvest to expect next year. But we were disappointed in the inconsistent quality of our grapefruit and mandarins this year, and have yet to determine any contributing factors.

 

Of course it is not just the orchard that keeps us busy and nourished. Our freezer has been kept full after the slaughter of two pigs, four sheep and 30 chickens. We even had an eager volunteer for slaughtering the chickens. God certainly gifts us all uniquely.

 

Speaking of gifts, Mark Mulligan is a talented local musician and also a Christian living here in San Carlos. After an impromptu chat with Brian for several hours one Sunday afternoon, he has become a big supporter of Ancla. In March he promoted our orphanage at his weekly concert and gave Brian ten minutes to share our story. We took all the kids and staff to the concert and it was an evening of smiles all around. Plus we raised more money and more community awareness of our ministry.

 

Mark has also been behind more visitors and group tours to the Orphanage and with them even more donations. We have also been blessed with people willing to sell items they have crafted with all proceeds going to Ancla.

 

Our community is full of giving people who hear of a need and jump to fill it. Whether it is help with juicing our oranges, building us shelves, maintenance on sprinkler heads or weed-wacking our weeds, people come. Many of these people are from our church in San Carlos. What a blessing they all are.

 

So 2016 has been off to a great start and we anticipate even greater things because our God is a big God. We see His blessings each and every day and give Him thanks.

 

We want to thank everyone from Canada and the United States who support us in prayer and financially. Our ministry is a team effort and people back home are part of our team. With God in charge and all of us working together, amazing things are happening at Ancla de Amor. Watch with us to see how much more God has in store for us this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Freedom first, service second." Boundaries

Posted by Brian Krahn on December 1, 2015 at 1:05 AM Comments comments (1)

Ancla de Amor is one small, very small piece of property in the universe. Last week, in school, we looked at the Hubble Space Telescope, heard Louis Giglio - a christian speaker who has been awed by the greatness of God and the smallness of man.

 

Add to that Pastor Glen's message about the greatness of God and the fact that when we fear God, we have nothing else to fear.

 

Ancla, is a small speck that has the attention and love of God directed at it. How can I tell? There's kids here, 'red & yellow, black & white' and God has a soft spot in his heart for kids. Unless we become like children, child-like in our trust, we can not enter the kingdom of heaven. When trust is broken, God's soft heart for kids hurts and goes into action.

 

God is desperately trying to bring healing and restoration to broken hearts - and as I have learned over the years - we are all broken - only the collateral damage varies in people. None of us are exempt. Praise God for equal ground at the foot of the cross.

 

And so, when children lay on the ground in disappointment, have a crushed expression on their face, run away from you in defiance, cry, whine, complain, argue, disobey or mimic, - "what would Jesus do?" doesn't cross your mind! (Well, not mine!)

 

"The Law of Motivation says this: Freedom first, service second." Out of my freedom and identity in Christ, I can serve with a free heart. So, when a child has an emotional meltdown, I can truly be calm. I'm learning this!

 

As a team, we can laugh together which we did last week for the first time.

 

As team mates, we can offer to do someone's job with joy AND receive the help someone offers with gratitude. As a team, we have been pulling together as Cristian is on a holiday, Brian & Mike left for the the States on Thurs, Nov 19 and aren't back yet.

 

Dale is becoming a farmer, with a generous touch of Dr. Doolittle. He has quite a special relationship with the sheep and God alerted him to a mom and lamb on Sat night that needed to be made secure in the pen with the others. We have coyotes around. We were up and out of our 16 degree camper Sunday morning to do chores together - pigs, chickens and sheep.

 

Tonight I saw a Christmas sky. I love the sky around here and I am excited about Advent! I love advent and have a painting project that needs to be completed by Sunday. Already, we have stored treats in the trailer for advent surprises. (We may not have actual flaming candles, but . .)

 

Advent is upon us! Astronomers have come to realize that for all we know about the universe, we only understand 4% of it. 2000 years ago, the word became flesh and moved into the neighborhood. (The Message - John). God, who spoke the sun into being and created our galaxy, one of many, many galaxies, created people, wants relationship with them, sent his one and only son into our speck of a neighborhood and loved us. We have something to celebrate.

 

Have a good one! I've got lots of grapefruits!! (And a few Snickers bars in my microwave!)


Sally

Hello's & Good-byes

Posted by Brian Krahn on November 15, 2015 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Over the past week and a half, we have said hello, to many people, and good bye to a few.

 

Mike & Helen Harder arrived with David & George, Mike's brother and brother-in-law. It was truly a delight to have them join in on team meetings, riding the bus, hearing and watching George communicate in espanol. These men truly exemplified the heart of the ranch - being men anchored in love with both word and deed.

 

Mike & Helen are here for six months and their gentle, godly, competent impact is being felt.

 

Grandpa and Grandma Thiessen arrived and were welcomed. Their gentle wisdom is evident and practical. Glen fixes bikes . . . and Angela takes care of a new baby and spends time with grandchildren making cake or playing play dough. Both spend time doing a family history assignment with Cole.

 

Erin and Jose arrived. They and a baby are now sleeping in the classroom.

 

A teen in need of a home, tries Ancla out for a few days.

 

So, if it seems like we are in a constant state of fruit basket upset, we're not. We have a schedule for child care and activity times, a seating plan for our meals, team meetings at 7:30 am Mon - Fri and about 3 debriefs/week at 8 pm. School still happens regularily.

 

A total headcount of people living at Ancla:

5 - the Krahns

4 - short term volunteers

1 staff

8 orphans

2 volunteer/child

 

That makes for 20 people who are now the 'constant'.

 

Please pray for us! For team unity, for creativity in teaching children, for wisdom with work.

 

My favorite time of the day is late afternoon, early evening. The sky is so beautiful. I usually eat grapefruit between school and supper and sometimes get to go for a walk. Praise God for moments of silence and renewal and his love revealed through people and creation.

Sally

COMPELLED BY LOVE - OH MY, NOT ALWAYS!

Posted by Brian Krahn on November 15, 2015 at 9:50 PM Comments comments (0)

"The LORD replied, My Presence will go with you and I will give your rest." Exodus 33:14. This is the current Bible memory challenge for a Snickers bar or Skittles! We are on to our third verse here at Ancla.

 

Over the past two weeks, we have been incredibly blessed in a number of ways:

a group of Bible school students from BC joined us for part of an afternoon and evening - sheep were butchered and there was lamb for supper in the old palapa. Later, around the fire, Brian, Dale & Duane - a fellow visiting from another orphanage spoke about missions. It was so refreshing to have these young people join us

Brian begins one on ones - I'm his first one on one.

I make tin foil stars for singing Twinkle, twinkle in Spanish during Circle Time

Circle Time is great - we have started using my magnetic alphabet, learning the ABC's and spelling out the kid's names

Prayers are answered, from my prayer for the electricity to go on by 7:15 am (God had it on by 7:05 am) to a teaching prayer request I had which was answered during the same day I made it!

We have a seating plan at the table, expected time to stay seated and people assigned to take care of little ones. Dale & I have two sisters, aged 2 & 4 and we love them!

We have hot water in the camper - ok, so that's a pretty first world blessing that I don't take for granted. My environmental footprint has grown since I have hot water!

I begin teaching the boys the importance of tooth brushing - health lesson! Did you know that brushing your teeth decreases your risk of heart attack and stroke? Not to mention it makes you more kissable!

DIF, Mexico's Child & Family Services visits Ancla and finds it a place of peace. Answer to prayer! Praise God! Praise God!

Friends from Canada show up and bring new toys, farmer sausage and much more (the scent of farmer sausage in the air last night was sublime!)

The camper is rat free except for the smell of dead rats! Hurrah for Mexico's climate & windows that open allowing fresh air into the camper!!

The boys & I go hiking. It's beautiful. Cole is a great guide. We get caught in wind and rain. It's a character building hike!

Dale leads us in thoughtful times of devotion and prayer each weekday

I have been taught and have learned deeply that the out of the tongue flow both life and death, Proverbs 18. This week, to my regret, I dealt with my own internal tensions, my situation and what I witnessed in a way that wasn't life giving. I chose to allow anger to direct my words. I am grateful for forgiveness, but am also intensely aware of my own need for God's insight, my healing and growing in love.

Finally, DIF arrives, short-notice, late Friday afternoon with a new little person for us to love. She's two years old. Of course, there's a story and we have the privilege of being a few words on a new page!

Oh God, bring newness, transformation, healing, and love into every nook and cranny of the 'Anchor of Love.'

 

Love,

Sally

 

"TEAMING" WITH LIFE!

Posted by Brian Krahn on October 25, 2015 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (1)

This week I have remembered lessons learned from my past. It's amazing how God prepares you for new adventures and how the mind stores ideas which God can retrieve at the right moments.

 

When we were young parents, we learned from Barbara Colorasso that parenting and teaching were not efficient professions. Confirmed! I teach, pray, reteach, come across a video that teaches me to teach a concept giving me something new to try on Monday. Zucchini plants are growing, sponge is fossilizing, numbers are being conquered, Cole is blogging, our country is being honored and God is acknowledged as we begin our school day.

 

While on staff at WMBC we once took some training from John Maxwell who said, both yesterday's victories and failures are yesterday's. Confirmed! Thursday was a great day in the classroom, but, that was Thursday's victory! Faithbuilding, yes, but not something to camp on.

 

Tonight I remembered Laura Ingalls Wilder who painted pictures with her words for her blind sister. I hope you see just a bit of the picture of Ancla through this blog.

 

Mexico teems with life at this time of the year. Dale killed a baby rattler today. There are praying mantises, toads that hop at night, an iguana clatters across the corrugated barn roof, the fascinating horned toad, we both have many bug bites, and then there's those rats - the fight's on and we will win.

 

This past week Brian, Dale, Cole and Mason have been doing some hunting. It was great fun standing outside on the yard, Mason inviting me to come to the chicken coop for the hunt, (I declined), seeing the moonlight, voices, laughter, sheep pattering away from the action, YES - it was three for three that night!

 

I challenged anyone age 8 and over to memorize John 15:5 for a chocolate bar!!

 

Thursday night, 15 of us boarded the bus and off we went to the pastor appreciation potluck! It seemed like the 'banyo' (bathroom) was a major field trip attraction for our little ones. :)

 

A wee baby lamb joined the class at the end of the week as Cole loved and bottle fed it. (It's since died, but the lamb was so cute, tiny and vulnerable)

 

We receive a generous donation from DIF, Mexico's Child & Family Services. Praise God!

 

A four year old girl has her arms around Dale's neck, her head on his shoulder as we come back from a walk along the orchard while waiting for supper. Has she ever been able to relax in a 'daddy's' arms like this before?

 

I use the outside tap for poopy bum and body washes, the joy of a warm climate!

 

Oh the joy of living in harmony as a team. I don't ever take it for granted, and at moments unity is stretched. I am so grateful for God's love, his conviction, the gift of forgiveness. Jesus prayed for our unity, please join him in praying for our unity here at the Anchor of Love.

Sally

Thoughts from Sally

Posted by Brian Krahn on October 19, 2015 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

The date doesn't fit my historical reality. It shouldn't be this hot for this many days - if you were in Canada, but of course this is a new reality. Dale's t-shirts get salt stained as he works in the heat.
 
This past week, we cancelled school for 1.5 days in preparation for a government inspection of the orphanage. I cleaned, organized and cleaned. PRAISE GOD - our guests were impressed with what they saw. I had prayed for them to know peace here on the property.
 
In school, one of the lessons that came up on Friday morning was giving attention to detail. Speed has it's value, BUT, so much is missed when we go too fast. Paying attention to the details will truly be life-giving. Details are so important when it comes to a life-skill like reading.
 
I like this thought: If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together.
 
Last Sunday, our pastor began a series on fear and used the story of Jesus, asleep on a cushion at the front of the boat during a life-threatening storm. As I listened, I felt humbly confident, not really fearful. Well, Wednesday night I received a fright such as I have never had before. I was alone in the camper, when a rat arrived on the scene. I'm probably the wimpiest missionary in the world, but God was using this to break my heart and teach me lessons.
1. God is good - period. He loves me. I am His child. What happens to me is not conditional upon how much 'good' work I have done or not done! If that was the case, I didn't deserve that rat!
2. Since that night, we've had a cute dog named Whapo sleep in the camper. He is a hunter and I like his presence. One night, before we went to bed, he was already asleep, four legs up in the air on our couch. If he could be so relaxed, so could I. God wants me to relax in him.
3. When a child screams in terror because of anything, whether a puppy or . . . listen and have a heart. Always respond to their terror!
 
If there is one thing that I would want to leave with anyone who reads this blog, it's PRAY!
1. That Ancla de Amor (anchor of love) will be a place of healing and love for every person on the property.
2. That this land, which is both harsh and beautiful will know an outpouring of God's Holy Spirit, resulting in relational abundance, protection from the elements, and crops that exceed the imagination, resulting in the kingdom advancing and God being glorified!
 
Love,
Sally

Here we Are!!!

Posted by Brian Krahn on October 12, 2015 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Ancla de Amor - Anchor of Love, our new home for five months. It has been four days now that we have been on Mexican soil.

 
Thus far:
 
Scorpian hunting - they glow in the dark when a black light hits them, two scorpians killed
 
Clarissa is a great cook & nutritionist - homemade bread, beans, caring about the nutrient intake of the kids, trying to figure out the things they like and teaching them to eat healthy
 
I teach in a wonderful room prepared by Brian
 
Three new kids arrive this week - addict mom, many tears, we experience first hand the trauma of children in a 'new' home
 
It's safe here - Brian tells a youngster he is holding
 
Cool showers - it's not that I can't figure out how to turn on the hot water! Actually, we all have cool showers AND, that's the way it will be for many, many Mexican people
 
Today, I will begin circle time at 4 pm. I get to lead Jesus Loves Me in spanish!!
 
While there is a cacophony of stimulation raising their praises to God at 6:30 am, roosters, turkeys, birds - it's so peaceful here
 
Great teamwork with my new students as together we work against the onslaught of water into our classroom during a downpour - the greatest school day ever according to Cole
 
Dale leads us as a team at 7:30 am - we are encouraged that praise will break through the enemy's attacks
 
Tears - of learning, of . . . This past year, I learned about the importance of the journey of tears. Tears are healing, tears are often part of transformation. I hold every tear precious.
 
Listen to Jailbreak - it is a song I connect with WMBC, my precious home church, and I was a bit sad. I really wouldn't want to be any other place in the world right now, but I still have emotions
 
Thanksgiving weekend - the turkey proudly displays his plummage as he follows my somewhat threateningly as I walk to our trailer with a cup of coffee.
 
Thanksgiving - 2 Chron 20 - King Jehoshophat leads his people to victory by acknowledging, we don't know what to do, our eyes are on you and later, following God's lead, He's got this! And He does, with a mighty ambush, the enemy is whopped by God. God's people come in and plunder the goods! We used that story dramatically - semi successfully in class yesterday with Star Wars music in the background.
 
Give thanks - it's a way to victory!
 
Love,

Sally

Spring Update

Posted by Erin Vogel on May 4, 2015 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Greetings from the Ancla de Amor Ranch! 

Life is always busy here at the ranch. Always.  There has been so much going on that somedays it is hard to take it all in.Through it all we have seen God do some pretty amazing things and in the last few months there has been lots of visible change around here. Our kitchen and outdoor dining hall is well on its way to completion. The orchard is getting a new irrigation system installed. The pump for the water well had some maintenance and repairs done to it and it now works better than ever. We have hired an orchard manager to take care of the trees, the new irrigation system, the fence line and the well. He was fairly inexperienced but he has shown us amazing potential and is learning quickly how to do his new job. We are hopeful that this young man will be with us for a very long time. We have had a number of visitors in the last few months and they have blessed us in several different ways . Thank you to  Gawain, Ruth, & Ethan Thiessen,  Angela & Glen Thiessen, Connor Thiessen, Mike and Helen Harder, Isaack Friesen, Wayne and Danny Baerg and Jack P.  for your faithfulness, love and generousity for Ancla de Amor. We pray that your visit was a blessing to you as well. 

There is so much more to be done. We ask that you keep Ancla de Amor in your prayers. We would love to open our doors to receive more children but before that happens we need to have more people in place to care for them.  Would you pray that a set of loving, committed house parents be found and willing to dedicate their lives to serving God´s children here at Ancla de Amor? Would you also pray that all the necessary funds and supplies come in to complete our kitchen project? And more importantly would you pray for all those that live here on the ranch every day? Would you pray for Brian, Clarissa, Cole, Mason & Leah, for Cristian, for Erin & Jose, for little Evan and also for Abraham.  Your prayers are greatly appreciated and a huge blessing to us. 

To God be the Glory!  

Sincerely, 

Erin


It's been awesomly busy!

Posted by Brian Krahn on February 9, 2015 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (2)

Hi Friends

It has been a whirl wind the past 2 months. Life continues to fly faster than I can keep up with. There are times that I have to step aside and just take time to be. With the on going business of my days I find it really hard to take time for my wife, kids and just myself. But its good. Everything continues to progress here and we are excited about everything that is happening.

Back in November we held a stratigic planning conference for Ancla de Amor. It was awesome! We spent two full days discussing the future of the ministry. We were blessed to have 9 people involved in the meetings as well as a guest speaker. We made some immidiate decisions for the upcomming year as well as prioritized what the future will look like. I am excited about what it all entails and will be talking about this more in the future.

Our friend Wayne Bearg from Winkler MB arrived here In the beginning of December. He actually flew in the same weekend that my family flew home for the Holidays. Wayne did a whole bunch of work out in the orchard and has initiated a plan on the best course of action for the orchard. Discussions have begun on how to maximize the potential of the orchard. This has lead us to inquire with ingineers on how to proceed from here. I am excited to have a great group of professionals that are excited about the project and that are willing to invest their time into developing the orchard.

After Wayne left for home and Clarissa and the children returned we had the priviledge of hosting Clarissa's Uncle James and Aunt Dianna and her cousins Kendra and Tyson. With them we celebrated Christmas and held an outreach on Christmas Eve. We decorated our bus with lights, cranked up the Christmas carols and drove down the streets of Santa Clara and handed out many of the donations we received over the last year which we have not used. In addition we handed out ministry pillows, bibles, goodie bags and of course, cokes. This was a highlight of Christmas for my family this year! I think it will also become our tradition.

Our home church team from Manitoba arrived in San Carlos on December 27. It was great to connect with old friends and make some new ones. During their visit here they were involved in outreach ministries and dedicated 3 days to serve here at the orphanage. We were encouraged and blessed by them. On New Years night we held a celebration which incuded our church team as well as another church group from Rosetown Manitoba. We served the famous Carne Asada for supper, had a great big fire, and ended the evening off with fire works. We all had a blast! We had over 60 people hear that night.

My parents arrived here at the ranch for their first visit to Mexico since we arrived hear in 2010. It was so great for my mom and dad to see what we do and to be a part of it. I really appriciated them coming! Although we did have a great time with them, it was also a difficult time as my Grandmother passed away during during their travels. (my fathers mom) Mom and Dad decided to stay and complete their trip and unfortunetly we not home for the funeral. We held a memorial service here and the beach with our Pastor from the San Carlos Community Church. 

My folks left for home and on the same weekend Naomi Brodland arrived here. She stayed with us a week and the following weekend her mom and dad also arrived. Dale and Sally were a absolute blessing to us. We were unsure what the week would look like but God brought the right people here at the right time. We had some water pump issues which Dale helped me with and he also sent some information to the engineers in Canada about our equiptment that we have. Sally and Naomi help Clarissa with all the day to day stuff and help take care of the little ones.

I brought Dale and Sally back to Phoenix and on the same day picked up Wayne and Cheryl from WInkler. They stayed with us for a week. Once again we were totally blessed. Wayne and I had the time to work on maintenance items and we completly redisigned and reorganized my work shop. It is awesome! Once again Cheryl helped out Clarissa and also helped out around the yard.

Now, for the first time since December 2 there is no one on our property other than my family. It is really quiet. I spent Sunday afternoon in my chair. I can't seem to remember the last time that has happened. And today, is about the first time that I have been in my office in front of my computer. Now that we have been alone for two days I think it is about time to receive some more guests :)

Even though this was a busy time, we are so thankful to all of those that sacrificed their time, finances and resourses to come be with us. I know that these trips come at a cost. It is a honor to have you and its humbling to know that you have chosen to come and serve here with us. We love to have guests and can hardly wait for our next visitor. Nothing excites me more than sharing with people first hand what God is doing here.

I ask you to continue to pray for Ancla de Amor. Their is much work to do! And their is lots of help needed! It saddens me that a shelter like this needs to exist. Pray that God would continue to do His work here in Guaymas through the different Ministries in the area. There is so much restoration required, the families are so broken. When I look aroound and see how  God is working though sso many here you can't help but see Him alive and working. So, I ask you to consider how you can be involved? Would you pray about it and see how God convicts your heart? I promise, you will receive more blessings than you ever imangined!

Many blessings and God bless you all.


Brian





 

Thoughts from a friend of Ancla de Amor

Posted by Brian Krahn on January 19, 2015 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

When I first saw the ranch I wondered how anything could possibly grow there, as it was a desert. Then I learnt God sent them rain in season and the water from the mountains provided an underground aquifer. I believe this property has tremendous potential if we invest in it. I saw those thorn bushes literally killing the orange trees and the grass and weeds drastically reducing the yields of the orchard. I remember Brian killing the snake in the rock pile and how hard we all struggled to fight these weeds and deal with the dust. I thought of the snake breathing in that dust. The following morning while doing my devotions I read Genesis Chapter 3 with the curse starting in verse 14. I told Dave Penner I had seen prophesy fulfilled while at the ranch.

The curse extends to human relations as well. Brian and Clarisa are dealing with the results of the "fall of man" on a first hand basis and need our prayers and support. The objective of Christianity is to restore that relationship with God that Adam and Eve once had. God provided a way for us through Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:18 Now all things are from God who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. May we all be involved in His ministry!

 

God bless,

Jack and Marion

Update and Praise!

Posted by Brian Krahn on November 16, 2014 at 4:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Hello family and friends

We have made it through the hot summer! We are so thankful that the humidy has dropped and that we can enjoy some cooler temperatures. 

I have had the blessing of spending the past week in Guanajuato Mexico attending the Children of Hope Conference. This has been a great week. I was able to vist 2 of the other orphanages we are connected with as well as spend 3 days at the conference. This is the second Children of Hope conference that I have attended. Both have been very good. It consists of 3 sessions, this years topic was deepening our relationship with the trinity. Children of Hope brought in a guest speaker this year from Abbotsford BC. He is a retired pastor. 

Aside from this weeks conference, things back at the ranch have been going resonably well. Progress is being made on the dorm project and it is coming along nicely. We have two children in our care and they are doing well. We continue to feel Gods blessing on us. Earlier this month we were blessed to start receiving some help from some new friends here in San Carlos. It has been fun to get to know them and they have been an encouragment to us. The have the gift of serving. Where ever we need some help they are eager to help us out. We were also blessed with a new Bunn coffe maker straight from the manufacturer as well as a garden tiller from a person in Arizona. Earlier this month I was also able to pick up our 18 passenger bus that was also donated to Ancla de Amor! We are blessed in ways of The Lord!

Also here is some very exciting news!!!!!

As most of you know I came home in July to raise the remaining dollars needed to make the final payment of our land. we set out to raise                   $90, 000.00. GOD HAS PROVIDED!!!!!! I am in awe of The Lord once again! The full amount has been raised and we can pay off the property. I want to thank each oand every one of you that has been praying for this and each and every one of you that has responded financially! Please join me in sending our Praises to The Lord!

I also want to ask you to pray for our ministry on November 29-30. We are holding a future development workshop in which big decisions for the ministry will be made. Please pray for the Holy Spirits presence, for guidence and wisdom. Also pray for safe travels for those that are traveling to Mexico to participate in the meetings.

Thank you again for all the love and support you continue to show us. We feel your prayers and we praise God for our supporters!

Many blessings!

Brian

Prayer Request

Posted by Brian Krahn on August 9, 2014 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Goood Moring friends and family

This week has sure had is share of activity. I want to ask you to please join me in prayer for a young man staying with us. There is a battle happening in his life and he needs lots of prayer right now. 

If you are willing to uphold him in your prayers drop me an email so that I can send you a few more specifics as to what is happening in his life. There are some details I don't want published here on the net.


Many Blessings my friends


Brian

June Update

Posted by Ancla de Amor Staff on June 27, 2014 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Greetings friends, family and supporters

Hi folks, many blessings to all of you from the hot and sunny Sonoran desert! Our weather this year has been quite intense. The heat has hit us earlier than normal. We have been hitting mid 40's quite regularly and it feels hot. Being off the ocean we lose the breeze from the ocean so the sun is quite intense. We are doing good though, we don't have AC in the main part of the house so we cope through it through the day. The bedrooms all have window AC units so we have refuge at night. Honestly, the first couple weeks were really hard but the body does adjust. It is still hot in the house though. When the ladies fire up the gas stove inside the house becomes quite unbearable.

Everything is coming along as planned with the dorm project. Our workers have been working every day on it but because of the heat the project feels like it has slowed down. That part is too bad but it will eventually be completed. We still have workers out in the orchard as well. They are taking it one day at a time trying to get the job done. They have reached the back quarter of the orchard where the weeds were really bad so that has slowed them down a lot. In addition the sun is beating down on them as well. I pray that they will manage to get through it. After they have the orchard clean we need to clean the perimeter of the property and repair the fence line. Sadly we lost 3 sheep this weekend. They found a hole in the fence and got out. We think 3 of them were attacked by dogs. As soon as the fence is repaired I want to move forward with the purchase of more sheep to help us maintain the weeds in the orchards. I can hardly wait for this! The other day I was in the orchard and I really admired the sight of all the trees in perfect line, clean from all the weeds and debris with all the sprinklers working. It was really quite beautiful.

One of the hardest things for me right now is trying to take one day at a time. There is a mountain of things that need to be done here at the ranch, all of them being quite urgent. We only have so much help and resources so some things have to wait until we can get to it. (like repairing the fece line) We know that God will take care of us though and everything will happen in his time.

Also, we were able to make the purchase of a RV home thanks to a generous donor, as a temporary home for our new house parents. They started work today looking after the children and already I can see how they will be a HUG blessing to the children. I Praise God for providing the much needed help. I am excited to work with them over the next week or two as the begin their first full time position in ministry. Their children are already grown up and so they bring a world of wisdom to the ranch. They are very involved in their church particularly in the children ministries and they also have an incredible story! Three months ago Florisa, the lady, became very ill. She was in the hospital in a coma for 30 days. She had organ failure. (i don't know which one) She was on life support. They decided to turn off the life support after 30 days in a coma expecting her to pass on but she began breathing on her own. In addition to that, the organ that failed was now functioning again! Crazy stuff hey. Its another one of those "it doesn't make sense moments." A long story short, she wakes up and tells everyone of her vision of working full time in an orphanage. She remembers in her dreams all the playing children that they would be caring for and all the adults helping. 2 1/2 months later they are introduced to us and we basically offered them the job without knowing them well or knowing of her experience in the hospital. When we told her about our ministry she started laughing because she knew what was coming.  This week she shared her story with me and that is why she was laughing. I love how God has everything planned and how he has chosen everyone in advance to serve here. GOD IS SO GOOD! We just need to take a moment to watch Him work.

A big thank you to all of you that have been praying for us and have helped us get to where we are today. We think of you often and everyday I am still in awe as to what has all happened over the last year. What a MIRACLE! I look forward to coming home soon and re connecting with you.

Much Love


Brian



10 000 pageviews!!!

Posted by Brian Krahn on June 18, 2014 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Blessing to you all, our loyal frends and supporters. I trust that this letter finds you well. I am encouraged to look at the map of our visitor locations to see that we are having guests visit our site all across Canada and the United States but we are also growing in Mexico as well. We also have visitors from Panama, Brazil, Deutschland and Belgien. I am so thankful that you are all visiting and I trust you are a blessed by what you see God is doing here at Ancla de Amor. Our site has been active almost 1 month now and we have had almost 10 000 pageviews! Isn't that exciting! We Praise God with how he keeps us encouraged. Here is a breakdown of what we are seeing is important to you our guests. These figures below show you where our visitors are spending their time. 

Photo Gallery 69%

Blog 9%

Home 9%

Login 3%

Calendar 3%

Members 1%

About us 1%

How you can Help 1%

Video Blogs 1%

Forums 1%

Prayer Requests  0%

I am brainstorming ideas on how to make some of these pages more appealing to the reader so that your visit to our site does not feel tiresome. Clearly photos are something that you want to see so we are going to make an effort to keep adding to our Photo Gallery. Some of the other pages will probably be removed.

We want to send a huge thankyou to all of you that faithfully follow what is happening in our lives and are praying for the ministry and my family. It really does mean so much to us knowing we are not alone in this journey. 

New Ministry Logo

Posted by Brian Krahn on June 12, 2014 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (1)

We are excited to release our official ministry logo. It was designed by my cousin Justin Gensiorek from Winnipeg. We are so thankful that we are surrounded by so many that want to help us in developing this new and exciting Ministry. Good job on the logo Justin, we are love it!

Does it make sense?

Posted by Brian Krahn on May 22, 2014 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)


Hi Everyone, it is Brian here. I trust that you are well and that you are enjoying the new website. It has already proved to be much easier to manage and communicates everything much better than our blog. A huge thanks to Richard for getting the Webpage where it is at today. We are still making changes daily so keep checking it out and please feel free to offer any suggestions you might have. The purpose of the blog is to make sure you are all well informed of what is happening in the ministery here as well as in our lives.
I know it has been a while since I have wrote and thought it was now time. My day to day is full. I feel like I'm running from the moment I wake up until my head hits the pillow at night. Aside from the 3 additional children living in our home, 4 including Cristian, there never seems to be a dull moment. We start our day with breakfast, daily chores and schooling. Our staff arrives at 8:00 to start their day. We have a lady helping in the house, 4 individuals in the orchard and 2 men working on the dorms. Including the workers there are 22 people here every day. We are learning how to manage such a crowd and it takes everything we have to make sure the day goes smoothly. We also have 16 sheep, 2 turkeys, about 50 chickens, 7 horses and 6 dogs. Lots of life happening here. :) And how can I forget the orchard!
Speaking of the orchard. Often I am considering the future of the orchard. I go back and forth on the validity of it. The orchard is suffering, I cant seem to get on top of things fast enough and I find it takes so much time and resourses. The question is, will it bring a return later? Some would think that an orchard this size must generate significant income, I thought so too but the reality today is that it isn't that spectacular. With the proper care the orchard has potential but it will take some time to get it there. On the other hand, God blessed us with the orchard and so I knew there must be purpose in it. What does God intend to do with it? If I look at the orchard in my North American glasses I would have lit it on fire. It simply doesnt add up right now. Or does it...
Two weeks ago a Pastor came over to pick some oranges. He was doing a church plant and was looking at ways to make money to fund his ministry. He had no chairs and no sound equipment so he asked if he could buy oranges to sell them on the street. We sell oranges from 1.5 pesos per kilo to 2.5 pesos per kilo.(roughly 2 cdn dollars) I was not home that day and its proably a good thing I was gone. The Pastor picked two van loads and when it came time to pay Richard decided he would donate the oranges to his ministry. In turn the pastor sold all the oranges for a profit of 8000 pesos, almost 800 cdn dollars. With that donation he was able to buy the chairs and sound equiptment he needed for his church plant and last week held his first Sunday service. We rejoice that God used Ancla de Amor to start a church. We Praise God for the orchard and know that it is His asset and He can use it as he sees fit even if it doesn't always make sense. Like many things I have experienced down here, it doesnt always have to make sense in my human thinking. With God, some things just dont make sense and who am I to think I can try to understand Him. We are called to walk in faith. It is so much fun to watch God do crazy things especially when it doesnt make sense.

Many Blessings

Brian


 

 

2 Month update

Posted by Ancla de Amor Staff on May 10, 2014 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (1)

  As a family we have been at Ancla de Amor for about 2 months. During this time The Lord has allowed us to be part of something amazing that he is doing here. As a family we had a hard time adjusting to working with 2 other families. Each family had a different parenting style, each family had different family times and work times, and every family brought a beautiful distinctively different set of spiritual gifts to the Ministry. As time has passed God has also introduced a number of wonderful workers that have displayed Godly examples in times of trials and in the face of problems. At the moment we have 8 locals that are helping us with the day to day operations of the Orphanage. They are assisting with the building projects and Orchard clean up. One of the men that is working with us had not seen his father in 4 years, his father specialized in working with Palm leaves, exactly the work that we needed. We knew ahead of time that this man was not a believer but we felt God prompting us to hire him for the job anyway. This man lived over 9 hours away but the feeling to hire him was so strong that we payed for his bus ticket to the ranch. During the next 2 weeks, the workers on the yard started to talk to him about Jesus Christ, they shared a Bible with him and prayed with him every day after lunch. He was able to reconnect with 3 of his sons that live in the area after 4 years of not seeing them. We watched as God restored relationships in this family and worked on this mans heart daily. In the evenings when the other staff had gone home, we caught him reading the Bible that was given to him. How blessed we were to be able to see Jesus transforming a life right before our eyes. Today he will finish the work that we had hired him for but instead of going home he asked to stay and work with us for one more week before he leaves. How great is our God. The greatest part of this story is the history on this son and father team. When the son was 7 years old, he was transporting illegal substances across the border for his father. His father was part of a large operation dealing in weapons and substances as well. For 15 years they worked together in this business until the son found Jesus Christ. Now 7 years later it is possible that the father is being led to Jesus as well. What a perfect story that was written before any of us were born. I am thankful that Jesus has allowed us to see the story that has developed in this family. The ministry that we are called to is definitely to work with abandoned children but in the process to be able to see God work some miracles is pretty awesome. There is another lady works with us in the kitchen, she has donated groceries and Tortillas to the Orphanage. She has blessed us so much with what she does here for us and her generosity is an example for all of us. 2 Corinthians 8:3 says For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own. What a perfect verse for the helpers that God has provided for Ancla de Amor.  As well as the Ministries God has allowed us to witness here at the Orphanage we also have been doing ministries in other communities.  Last week, we partnered with another church bringing the total to 7.  God is providing us with materials to share with the churches that will help them expand their own childrens ministry.  Ancla de Amor has donated large amounts of fruit to another Pastor that is using the money from selling the oranges to build a church in his community.  Last week was kids day here in Mexico, as a ministry Jen and a couple of the workers went to a small village to do some crafts and Bible stories with the Children.  A team from Montana (you can see them in the photos page) partnered with her and they shared the message of Jesus Christ with over 100 kids.  It is an awesome gift to see how God is using everyone of us here and we are thankful to be part of his plan.  We would also like to thank everyone that has supported us as families personally and for those that have supported the ministry as well. We currently have some struggles purchasing all the groceries we need for day to day operations. God knows what we need, when we need it and his timing is perfect, please join us in seeking his will for this situation. Please also pray for the team that will arrive on Monday. They will be a huge answer to prayer and a great blessing. Thank you all for your support. Now to him that is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21)

  The Scaps

In the Beginning

Posted by Ancla de Amor Staff on April 21, 2014 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (0)

  Our desire is to provide a safe environment filled with the Love and Compassion that our Lord Jesus Christ shows each and everyone of us as believers. We will educate, equip and give the Children in our care experiences with Jesus being the foundation of all teaching. We also wish to make sure that the Children who enter Ancla de Amor will have all their basic daily needs provided, such as food and clothing etc. God placed on our hearts a vision for Ancla de Amor, we believe in time Ancla de Amor will be a self sufficient Orphanage requiring no outside financial assistance for day to day operations. The property that God has blessed us with here at Ancla de Amor is approximately 60 acres that is completely fenced in. The property contains 1,500 citrus trees, there a stable that houses the 15 sheep that are currently on the farm. The 30 plus chickens on the yard will provide eggs as well as new chicks for resale in the future. On the property is also a machine shop where various metal and wood working projects can be completed. Through the many blessings already provided for us here on the property and as God continues to bless us with the many plans he has for this Orphanage, we are certain that this vision will become a reality with your assistance. Please pray for this ministry, if you desire to help us, there are several ways to get involved. We require help with many projects, you can book your next team or family mission trip through Children of hope or here on our webpage.  We are also in need of Financial assistance, we have many projects on the go that we are excited about, check out our projects page for more information.


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