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An Easter Message from Phil Littleton

Hi there Holt Families and Friends,

I hope you are well, and keeping the faith, that things will get better. I’m Phil Littleton, president of Holt International.

As we head into this Easter weekend, I imagine your plans look a lot different than past years. No Easter church gatherings in-person, no community egg hunts for the kids, and no meals with extended family and friends…

At a time when so many of us typically gather together in a spirit of hope and renewal, and celebrate the risen Christ – many of us are now feeling a sense of fear and uncertainty.

Please know – that you are in our prayers in these uncertain times.

Also in our thoughts and prayers — now more than ever — are the children and families, and orphans, that we serve together with you around the world. Because they, too, are feeling and experiencing all of these things.

But for many of them, this crisis has an exponentially greater effect.

Children and families who were safe and stable a month ago are now in desperate need because of this pandemic:

  • In India, mothers are calling our partners in tears because they have no food for their children.
  • In Mongolia, children who used to spend their days safely learning at school are now back, spending their days in a garbage dump, rummaging for food or recyclables to sell.
  • In Haiti, parents are out of work and have no way of feeding their children.
  • And in many countries, adopted children are waiting longer in orphanages because their families can’t travel to bring them home.
  • Our orphanage partners are now scrambling to purchase enough medical supplies to protect the children in their care, and our staff in country are doing everything they can to deliver food to hungry families. But they desperately need our help.

So this Good Friday and Easter weekend, will you join me in lifting these children and families, and our staff and partners, up in prayer? Because of Easter, because of Jesus, we can be people of hope during this time of fear and uncertainty.

If you can, will you also please consider give a gift — as generous as you can — to help meet the urgent and unforeseen needs that children and families are now facing?

It’s easy to feel powerless in times of crisis. But when we come together in faith, we have the power to help children and families in gravest need around the world. Thank you for continuing to care about and help children in these uncertain times. Thank you for continuing to extend hope.

From me and all of us at Holt, I wish you and your loved ones a joyful, hopeful Easter.

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