Big Storm at Ancla
Would you continue to pray with us for all those that have been affected by the heavy rainfall, floods and collapsing infrastructure in our area? As of August 21, we’ve been experiencing many disruptions due to flooding in the State of Sonora, Mexico. Not only have we experienced heavy rain but bridges have collapsed, and multiple landslides have affected the towns of Guaymas, Empalme and San Jose, with most roads closed. If heavy rainfall persists this could lead to more flooding in low-lying communities near rivers, streams and creeks. Landslides are possible in hilly or mountainous areas, predominantly where heavy rainfall has saturated the soil. All of the floodwaters, and debris flows have rendered some bridges, rail networks, or roadways impassable. This is our case now at Ancla de Amor, this is why we covet your prayers! We are sure that many are and have been praying for us already, thus we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Damage hasn’t been as bad to the homes as it has been to our yard. It is very discouraging to see how all our hard work of many years has just washed away. Thankfully, as of now, we have enough food and water, but we have been without electricity for days now. We urge those that have the means and the heart to assist us financially, so we can get Ancla on its feet as soon as possible. We are so very thankful for the many that have called us, emailed us and reached out expressing concerns for us all at Ancla, especially the children! May God bless everyone through this difficult time. —-support us through this time of need at www.ancladeamor.com
We ask that you please remember our general budget in your prayers. Ancla has grown significantly over the past three months. We accepted thirteen new children and as a result we have had to add new staff. In addition we had to transition our children back into public school after restrictions were lifted. All of these changes have had a significant effect on our operating budget. Our grocery budget has increased, our transportation costs to school, psychology, DIF have also increased, as well as our power consumption. We need more help to cover our operational costs.
We know that our orphanage is in the process of a transition and we know that this is a time of faith. We ask you to remember Ancla in your hearts and prayers and we specifically ask that you discern whether God would have you financial support our operating budget. This can be done through child Sponsorship, staff Sponsorship or even one time donations to the general budget.
We thank all those that support Ancla prayerfully and financially. Together we serve and together we care for one another. You are a blessing to all of us here at Ancla!
General Projects at Ancla
Please pray for provisions so we can continue with the different projects that we have started at Ancla. The projects include:
Solar Panels Project
Food Production Room and Walk In Cooler
Septic Field Maintenance
Water Well/ Pump Upgrade
"Casitas" for our staff (project for teams this winter)
Construction of our third Children’s Home
We are full to capacity, in fact we are over capacity. Our houses are built to accommodate twelve children in each home. Our reality is that one of our homes has fifteen, while the other has twelve.
Social Services call us on a weekly and often daily basis requesting placement for more children. But for a long time now, we have had to decline entry for these children due to lack of space.
Of course it is our desire to receive more children. We are here to serve and we want to do so, thus please continue to pray that God would provide the finances necessary in order to begin constructing house number three.
Future of "The Hurricanes"
It has been two years now since our children last competed as part of our competitive swim team. When the pandemic hit, we had to shut down the program. This was really devastating for our children and for our organization. Competitive swimming has been one of the key factors for the emotional healing of our children. For those children that were in the program, not a day has passed, that they haven’t wished to be training. Our staff is patiently waiting for us to start up again so the children that have not participated in the program can have this once in a lifetime opportunity. Competitive swimming is a tool we use and it helps equip our staff to use the benefits of sports in order to strike a healthy balance between the physical and emotional wellbeing of the children living with us. We are struggling by not having the team! As aforementioned, we unfortunately had to shut down the program due to the risks the pandemic brought. We now hope that the program will start again, however, that hope is hinging on other key factors to fall into place. Please pray that God would swing the door open or shut it entirely so that we know which direction we need to go.