August 20, 2013
We set up Welcome Home International in 2005 to help administrate a home we were establishing in Sri Lanka for children who had survived the horrific Dec. 26, 2004 tsunami.
We gave the foundation as broad a scope as possible so that we could use it as a vehicle for other projects, not only in Sri Lanka, but wherever the Lord would lead us.
Our mission statement:
To care for the victims of natural or man-made disasters and other unfortunate circumstances throughout the world, especially for orphans, street children, widows, refugees, the homeless, prisoners, the poor, the hungry, the sick and the disabled.
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~ Greg & Shelvi
December 8, 2011
Seems like they got the “triple-whammy” – 26 years of civil war, the December 2004 tsunami, and massive flooding earlier this year – manmade and natural catastrophes which destroyed many churches in certain areas along the eastern coast of Sri Lankan. Even now, nearly seven years after the tsunami, some churches have yet to be rebuilt due to the poverty of Christians living in the region. Well, we Welcome Homers intend to do something about this! One of the things Christians in the West take for granted is the privilege of having a place to meet. Whether our church meets in a dedicated structure, a borrowed school, or someone’s home, we can usually count on having a reasonably comfortable, climate-controlled, well-furnished setting in which to worship, fellowship, receive teaching, and pray with one another. Without those accommodations, all of the activities listed above would be rendered very difficult. Many of our Sri Lankan brothers and sisters meet – when there is no church as is often the case – in homes that are usually tiny by our standards or in the shade of a tree. What we can do – and this is how you can help – is to provide a few hundred dollars for each of these homeless congregations. Just the basic facilities would be an incredible blessing for these believers – a roof to protect them from the blistering equatorial sun and from the monsoon rains, four walls around for security and privacy, a cement floor, and a few lights and ceiling fans. Add people, and you have a happy church! Who’s with us to help?
November 27, 2010
November 11, 2010
May 26, 2009
Nearly 200,000 people were forced to flee from their homes in northern Sri Lanka recently as government forces attempted to deal a death blow to the rebel Tamil Tiger separatist army. Some 6,000 innocents have died in the crossfire while the displaced are in dire need of food, shelter, medical care, etc. We are currently raising funds to help purchase food for as many of the hungry as we can, and we hope to visit the island soon to participate in the relief effort. Let us know if you’d like to help!