We are Martin(Mike) and Helen Harder but everyone has called me Mike since I was little and that has stuck. I was born in ST Thomas Ontario and Helen in Cuauhtémoc Chihuahua Mexico. Growing up I moved 20 times before my parents settled down in Winkler when I was 17, it is here that I finished high school, met Helen and found a church that I was baptized in and eventually married Helen. We celebrated our 15 year anniversary this past May of 2016. It has just been the 2 of us in these short years of marriage and we are at peace with that.
In the early months of 2009 Helen and I were able to be part of a short term mission trip with the church we attended at that time and again at the end of 2010. Both times we went to the San Carlos/Guaymas Senora Mexico area, I believe it was here that the Lord opened my heart to serve those less fortunate. In April of 2014, Helen and I again went to Guaymas, but this time to visit our friends Brian and Clarissa Krahn at Ancla de Amor. Through some unforeseen circumstances, I ended up staying 5 weeks rather than the 2 we had planned. Helen went home after the 2 weeks as she had to get back to her job. It was here that God allowed me to see how we could be an encouragement to Brian and Clarissa, to walk alongside our brother and sister in Christ and help carry some of the burdens that they faced on the ranch. Once home I hesitantly mentioned to Helen what I thought God had planned for us, to my surprise she said “let’s do it” when I told her that I thought that we should be serving at Ancla de Amor for a winter. God blessed our preparations, as everything work out so smoothly, our financial needs were met, our church sent us off with a blessing, and we traveled safely without any problems along the way including both border crossings.
At the Ranch I served in many different areas: vehicle maintenance, small equipment maintenance, welding, construction, some plumping and electrical, butchering chickens, turkey, sheep and pigs as well as yard work in the orange orchard. And last but not least, juiced oranges to be bottled to be sold by donation. My favourite part was driving the bus to church on Sunday’s and listening to the kids singing Jesus Loves Me in Español. God was good in blessing me with Helen as my helpmate. In all our years of marriage, she has never backed away from a challenge, and has always worked alongside me in every trade mentioned.
We are again planning on serving at Ancla de Amor during the winter months as life is busier at the orphanage during this time.
We greatly appreciate your support, especially in praying for us, that we may be obedient to what God has called us to do. Pray that we may work well together as a team with those already at Ancla de Amor and those coming, pray that we will be a godly example to the children there.
Mathew 25:40; and the King will reply “Truly I tell whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did onto me”
Mike and Helen Harder.
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