The Born's in Cameroon
GRACE TAIT SHELTER ORPHANAGE (GTS)
After 5 amazing years as Directors and ~8 months as volunteers our time with WON Cameroon came to an end. Even before it became official we started seeing the Lord opening new doors and directing our steps into new areas. Praise the Lord for His faithful guidance. One day, in August of 2013, Tim walked into the government office of Social Affairs (one which oversees orphanages etc...) to check on a nearby orphanage for some friends and learned that the Social Affairs were meeting about that orphanage to determine the fate of it. The Social Affairs dept. head asked if Tim was willing to help. They asked him to take over directorship of the orphanage or they would have to close it down (we did). We went to check on the orphanage and found that it was really struggling. The founder, a friend of ours, whose dream it was to start an orphanage
and shelter for widows and orphans etc... had died several years before. The sole financial backing came from her pension. While there was some money coming in, it wasn't enough. The orphanage, the buildings etc... were in danger of being given over to the village (essentially shutting it down). There were 12 children and 2 adults remaining. The other children who had been living there had to be sent back to their families, placing them back into bad situations. We have taken over directorship of the orphanage and are helping to get it back on its feet through raising support, helping to start self -sustaining/profitable projects, giving financial and general oversight. We see so much potential and are blessed that the Lord has opened the door to be able to use the experience gained at HHCH to help at Grace Tait Shelter! We loved Auntie Grace and want to see the work that she poured her heart and life savings into go forward and flourish. We currently have 24 children, one care giving couple and their child, living at GTS
GRACE TAIT SHELTER HISTORY
GRACE TAIT SHELTER HISTORY
Virginia Grace Tait (known as Auntie Grace by her friends) began her mission work in Peru at the age of 27. She served in several South American countries. She returned home to the U.S. for a brief period to care for her mother who passed away in 1991 at the age of 100. Shortly afterwards Grace returned to the mission field, this time to Equatorial Guinea and finally coming to Cameroon. She used her teaching skills to teach English. In 2006 she saw her lifelong dream of adopting and raising orphans come to pass. She put her life savings towards the building that is now Grace Tait Shelter. The shelter was run from her teaching pension. Soon after she founded GTS, she fell ill and suffered from dementia and glaucoma. In Dec. of 2011 this precious woman went home to be with her Lord and Savior. As it happens sometimes in Cameroon certain individuals took advantage of Auntie Graces' situation to pilfer her pension money putting the ministry in a dire situation. At that time another ministry (Bread for Life) stepped in to help "clean up" the situation, bring the property back up to standard, raise sponsorship for the children since Grace's pension money was no longer there to run the ministry. A missionary stepped in for about 1 1/2 years. He made hard decisions...sending many of the orphans back into bad situations because of lack of funding. This missionary left to GTS to do what he originally came to Cameroon to do and the monies again began to dwindle. It was at this state that the government office of Social Affairs (who oversees orphanages) thought that they were going to have to close this orphanage and turn over all of the land and buildings to the village. Social Affairs was 2 hours away from a meeting where they were going to do just that when Tim walked through their doors. "You're here! We thought you had already gone back to America!" (George the department head thought we had already gone to the U.S. for our furlough). "Can you help with Grace Tait Shelter?". And so began our very direct involvement with GTS. We desired to help so that the vision that Auntie Grace had poured her heart and life savings into could continue. Now with Hope Filled Futures, in partnership with Bread for Life, GTS will become a "Station of Hope". GTS used to have about 50 children and several widows; it now has a Cameroonian husband and wife who care for the 12 remaining orphans (13 more have been rescued since and 25 are currently living there) . There was very little funding, a few donations and a small farm. They were in a very desperate situation. It is located in a very rural setting and needs all the help they can get as all the children are not fully sponsored. We consider it a "God thing" that Tim walked into the government office on that particular day. Won't you consider sponsoring children so we can better meet the needs of the children living at GTS and continue rescuing more children from desperate situations?