About Rehoboth Children's Home
Rehoboth Children's Home is a non-government child caring agency working in coordination with the Department of Social Welfare and Development. The home is operated by Asian Hope Missionary Outreach, a non-profit non-denominational Christian relief organization originally founded in Perth, Western Australia in 1989. It is a ministry born from a vision given by God to Bob and Barbara Morriss to provide a safe haven for destitute children in the Philippines. The Home has been operational since June 2003.
- 1989, Bob and Barbara Morriss the vision is planted in their hearts for a home for orphaned children in the Philippines and begin fund raising for this effort.
- In early 1990, Christ to the Philippines offers the use of land. With the help of local labor, Bob and Barbara are able to get the land cleared.
- The pressure to give up on on this vision is huge ... but, after years of seeking guidance, fund raising and seeming shortfalls, in 2000, the first stage of construction commence.
- Mid 2000 sees The Sacred Portion Children's Outreach, a US based child caring ministry (www.sacredportion.org), come along side Bob and Barbara and provide much needed help and support.
- October 2000, the first team from Sacred Portion arrives to help with the building process. More teams and continued financial and prayerful assistance are now regularly provided by Sacred Portion.
- June 2003 sees the admittance of Rehoboth's first 3 children, Joel, Matthew and Lea. The Early Learning Centre also opens. This is a preschool that provides educationally for the older children of Rehoboth as well as selected local needy children.
- Rehoboth Children's Home is officially dedicated on the 19th of July, 2003. This ceremony is attended by local dignitaries as well as Craig and Jan Druckenmiller from Sacred Portion in the US.
- In June 2005, Rehoboth hires a full time social worker which helps speed up the processing and matching of the children with their forever families.
- July 2005, Rehoboth's first three children are matched with their forever families.
- In October 2006, 2 hectares of land are purchased directly across the road from the current facilities, anticipating God's provision for the expansion of the Children's Home.
- Mid 2007, Engineering Ministries International is engaged by the Board of RCH to help bring the vision for the expanded facilities to reality. Their visit to the property and time with the Board help to pave the way for the first steps in the Building Program.
- Since opening in 2003, 75 children have been cared for with 23 being reunited with their families, and 25 being adopted both in the Philippines and to families overseas.
- Today, under the guidance of Jan Druckenmiller and Fe Canlas, the staff regularly care for between 24-27 children. These staff work with a heart that seeks to do God's will and purpose in providing these children a safe and nurturing home until they are matched with their families.
- We look forward with anticipation to God's provision for the future and the continued care of these precious children.
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