Thursday, June 12, 2014

Ministry Website

Hi Friends

Another reminder that we have our new website up and running. I trust that you are blessed by it.
It is still under construction but there is lots of information, photo's and videos to check out.

Many Blessings

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Does it make sense?

Does it make sense?
Hi folks,

I realize it has been awhile. If you are following this blog please re direct your attention to our new website. I think it will help us communicate much better,

We look forward to feedback.

Many blessings

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The need is Great!

Hi folks,
I write you with such a thankful heart! We are quickly approaching D day! Moving to the home of Ancla de Amor
I trust that this letter finds you well. As you can imagine, its never a lot of fun being in a transition phase. We want to get started on packing and yet there are so many things that we still need to use on a day to day basis. You know how that goes I'm sure.
In the midst of all this, Social Services has brought us 3 more children this week. YIKES! For the last two days we have had all hands on deck running after children, changing diapers, wiping noses and trying to keep the peace among everyone. Aside from our own children we have 6 Children with us. Well actually 5 now, DIF just came and picked one of them up. We have a 15 year old, 2 two year olds, 2 one year olds and a 6 month old. That changes things for us a bit. Oh and the night shift, well we can talk about that another time:)  I'm so glad that God has provided us with dedicated staff that are willing to set life aside for a time and love on kids. Clarissa rejoices because she seems to be able to run without little sleep and function well. Its truly Gods strength.
I have to admit, when DIF called and asked if we could take the three children this week we said no. Already we have so much going on with the move and also preparing for the team from Winkler. But after a second call they convinced me to take the children. With basically 4 of us working here right now we have 10 children (including our own) that all need different levels of attention, some children more than others. One of our children came in from an extreme abuse situation. He has a fractured skull, bruises, bite marks and weighs all of 17 pounds at the age of 2. His structure is so tiny and when he tries to stand up his poor little body just shakes. It is absolutely heart breaking. One of the other children, he is one, was left on the street. The police found him wandering looking for his mom. Later she was found and charges were laid for abandonment. And for the 2 brothers, well mom and dad are both in jail for drug related things.
We write you this letter asking that you please remember us in your prayers. We are putting in long hours and dealing with situations that can be tough to handle at times. We are continuing to be strong and are trying to keep our eyes on the Lord through everything but at times…well a break from Mexico would sure be nice. On the other hand, we know we are exactly where God wants us and He has affirmed that to us through these little kids that so desperately need some love. I really want you to also consider how you can get involved if God prompts you in that. There is so much more I wish I could do to help out here, the need are endless and resources always lack. After we move to the ranch we will have to accommodate the 10 children plus Clarissa and I in the 3 bedroom house until the construction plan for our dorms is done. We can't take more children at this point even if we wanted too. There is just no more room. Once complete the remodelled building will accommodate 16 children at this point plus one staff member. The dorms are equipped with bathrooms, there is also a public men/women bathroom, and a laundry. Phase two of the project will add a suite to the end of the building for a dorm parent/family. For phase one of the project we are looking at approximately $40 000.00. Included in that price is labour if we hired out the job. Our church is holding a fundraiser for us right now and the goal is to raise the 40 000.00. Lord willing the funds will come in by March 1 so that we can start the project March 2nd. We don't want to start the project unless we know we can finish it. The construction phase does include replacing the existing roof on the house so we cannot leave it open. Once we start we have to finish.
So I ask you to please consider us in your prayers. The need is so huge!

If you have children give them an extra hug tonight and thank The Lord that they were born into a family that loves them. We are so blessed back home. So blessed we don't even understand it.

Again here are some ways to get involved

1) Prayer
2) Child Sponsorship -
3) 40 000.00 Ancla de Amor building project - receipted by Children of hope or the Winkler Mennonite Brethren Church until March 1.
4) Ancla de Amor General fund - Maybe you can be the first one to support our general fund. It would sure help me out personally :)
5) Bring a team. Lets build a home for kids together.

Folks what a responsibilities God leaves us in Psalms 82

Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless;
maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed.
Rescue the weak and needy;
deliver them from the hand of the wicked. 

Contact me if you have questions of any kind, we love hearing from you guys back home!

Much Love

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Breaking News!

Greetings to all of you back home . Click on the "Breaking News" link above for a short video update. If you have watched the video than you know that we have gone forward with the purchase of the ranch! We are thankful for all of you that have made this happen through prayer and financial support. You guys are the ones that have mede this happen. Thank You so  much!

We are really really excited because our home church, WMBC is sending us a team to begin construction on one of the buildings on site. They are running a fundraiser for this project right now are will be accepting and receipting funds for the project until March 2, 2014.

Here is a memo from our church:

GO Fundraiser - Feb. 16 & 23
God has provided 57 acres of land for Brian & Clarissa Krahn's orphanage
(Ancla de Amor) in Mexico! Our goal is to raise $40,000 to go towards
several building projects, including renovating and expanding an existing
house, roof replacement, and expanding the washroom facilities. We will
collect financial donations in the foyer on Feb. 16 and have a special
offering during our worship services on Feb. 23. Financial donations will be
accepted until Mar. 2. Please make cheques out to WMBC and designate them to
"Mexico Orphanage". We will also be accepting donations of needed household
items and tools (check your mailbox for a list). The goal is to fill a cargo
trailer, which will be hauled down to Mexico. Join us in helping Brian and
Clarissa make this vision a reality!

We want anyone who is interested in supporting Ancla de Amor to have an opportunity to do so. This is a community project and so WMBC is happy to receipt your donations for this ministry even if you do not attend there. As the memo notes there is also a list of items that we need and WMBC is already loading a cargo trailer to send down here to help us get this ministry up and running. Donations items can also be dropped off at our church and they will make sure that they get down here.
Thank you all for getting us this far! We can already see how Ancla de Amor is going to have a tremendous impact here in Sonora. We already have 3 children in our care with another two possible arriving today. We urgently need to get to our new location and get it up and running. Until the construction project is complete we will have to turn down children and that is not something we want to do. God has brought us to this point and we know that He will continue to provide. If you feel led to give in any of the ways indicated above we personally thank you. Its not for our personal gain, it is for the children that we are responsible for. There are also other ways to get involved. We need teams to come down, we also need child sponsors. Maybe you would like to lead a team down for a work project? Email me! Or maybe you would like to sponsor one of our children through Children of Hope? We can make that happen too! There are so many awesome ways to get involve to help change a life of a child.

If you have any questions please feel free to email me.

God Bless and love from Mexico

Brian & Clarissa

Monday, January 13, 2014

Support Change

Greeting Everyone

I just want to publicly send out our thanks to our home church, WMBC, for supporting us through the last two years as we serve down here in Mexico. Without you, we could have never started this journey. Thanks so much for helping us prepare, adjust and settle in Mexico. Also a big thanks for supporting us financially and also by processing and receipting our support!

If you have been a financial supporter of ours you need to know that WMBC will no longer be accepting or receipting funds for us as we have now been officially hired by Children of Hope. If you have been a supporter in the past, or wish to support us in the future please visit the Children of hope website for information on how you can do so. This will be a great opportunity for us as a family and we are very excited about what God has in store for us here.

Thanks WMBC for getting us this far. We love you guys and we are excited to continue representing you here in Mexico!
Also a huge thanks to Children of Hope for taking us on as Missionaries. We are very excited about working with you.

Brian & Clarissa

Sunday, January 12, 2014

The Gospel with a Coke!

Last Christmas marked the beginning of a neat ministry that we do. In the midst of our normal days it is always exciting to get out into different communities and share the gospel. The "Coke Ministry" began last year as we looked for new ways to minister to the locals on Christmas. We decided by giving people a small token, a gift, would open the door to us sharing about the love of Christ and that He too offers us a gift. The "Coke" represents the gift that God gives us and as we give out these cokes we get to explain that all they need to do is accept it. It's FREE!!!!
So often people hesitate to take the coke. They are wondering whats the catch? Nothing is free! We tell them, it's simple. All you have to do is take it. So with a little confusion they take the coke along with the pamphlet sharing about Christ's love and grace for them and how they can make a decision to accept Christ sacrificial gift. 
We always try to have a Pastor or a national person along with us so that they can explain everything when our limited spanish doesn't quite cut it. This year we were blessed to have numerous spanish speaking translators and Pastors to help us spread the word and in a little less that 2 hours we were able to hand out more than 500 cokes and pamphlets. 

It is always encouraging to see how receptive people are to the gospel. We often watch as people stop to read the pamphlet. Often they ask for prayer. We have done this numerous times and one thing we have noticed is that we have never had to pick up a pamphlet that has been thrown on the ground or in the garbage. Each person takes them with them.

Many Blessings,