Twenty-seven years ago, Pam and I began an incredible journey together. We had many hopes and dreams, and of course a vision of just how we believed they would play out. However, the journey itself bares little resemblance to the one we had conjured up in our minds.
We planned to have a large family, and hoped to adopt children. We have always shared a passion for helping children in need and we hoped one day we could serve as missionaries serving children. We believe children are the future of the world and the key to changing the world for Christ.
Looking back, God has certainly blessed us with the large family we prayed for; though I am not sure eleven is the number we had in mind. The fact is, not much about our journey followed the timelines and perimeters we had planned. God’s wisdom prevailed and we have ended up with the exact size family, at the exact right time we were meant to have them.
God continues to bless us and answer our prayers within His timing and perimeters. The call to serve children as missionaries in another country has been presented to us. We have prayed about it and sought wise counsel and we believe this is a call to service from our Lord. The timing and our situation are certainly not the picture we had in mind when we dreamed of serving as missionaries while college students at Cincinnati Christian University. This however, is the time and circumstances that He has chosen.
For the past ten years, we have been foster / adoptive parents. We were licensed to operate a group home for up to 12 children at a time. I have also taught classes and completed home studies for potential foster parents. It is with this experience and knowledge; I have accepted the task of assisting in developing a ministry to support the children at Niños de Mexico transition from living in the children’s home, to a life of independence. Most of the children living at Niños have no contact with their biologic families. They do not have the natural supports most of us have to encourage and guide us as we move from adolescence to adulthood.
Niños does a great job of meeting the spiritual, physical, and educational needs of the children in their care. They learn to love the Lord, and feel secure in their environment. There is, however a need to support them as they move on. We have seen the struggle many of the foster children in the states deal with as they age out of the system. They need to know there are supports available to help them succeed. Most of us have a support system of family and friends when we are struggling with decisions as we endeavor to stand on our own two feet. We will be working with the Niños’ staff and teachers to implement programs to give them the tools they will need to be successful as they move on. We would also like to have an ongoing support system in place for them to access as needed after they have moved on.
This is a ministry we are passionate about, but we know God is not calling us to do this alone.
We are confident He wants others to be a part of our ministry
team. We are asking for you to
prayerfully consider partnering with us as we answer God’s call to minister to
the children He has placed in the loving care of Niños de Mexico. We
believe God has given us this vision and He will make the provision to
undertake His ministry.
We will need approximately $6,000 per month to support the work we will be doing. We are asking you as our brothers and sisters in Christ to prayerfully consider using part of what He has blessed you with to give $100 a month, or whatever you are lead to give, in support of the children at Niños de Mexico. Please pray as we begin this important ministry. We hope many of you will be able to take part in a short term mission trip to join us on the field and experience what God is doing at Niños. Any monthly supports or gifts you give are tax deductible and will be given through Niños de Mexico in our name. This can be done online at www.ninosdemexico.org or by mail to:
Niños de Mexico
P.O. Box 309
Union, MO 63084
(Please indicate the donation to the Reisinger’s on the check or on the donation at the Niños web site)
We will call you soon to answer any questions and give you more information on our ministry, our ministry needs, and the opportunities you may want to be a part of. Thank you in advance for your support.
In His Service,
“The Reisinger Family”