In June of this year, Susan and I will be traveling to Panama with a team from our church in Raleigh, Southbridge Fellowship, to work with Heart’s Cry Children’s Ministry. Hearts Cry was founded to create efficiencies for orphan care around the world, beginning in Panama. The ministry’s goal is to see God lift orphans out of the pit of despair and give them a firm place to stand. While in Panama, our team will work with Heart’s Cry co-founders Matt and Misty Hedspeth, who attended Southbridge before a series of God ordained circumstances sent them to Panama and led them to start this ministry. God continued to work as Matt and Misty quickly built relationships with members of the Panamanian government.
Their efforts paid off when on July 17th, 2013, the President of Panama signed a law that led to a more streamlined adoption and foster care process. Even more incredibly, a 40,000 square foot, former US Army hospital was donated to Heart’s Cry and is now being converted into the country’s only orphanage for special needs children, truly the forgotten of the forgotten orphans in Panama.