AMG International has been blessed to use people from their own countries to reach their people throughout our seven-decade history. These people are pastors, church planters, evangelists, doctors, nurses, teachers, social workers, administrators, and more. 

In the first part of this series, we want to introduce you to Ritchie Olivares, the Executive Director and Supervising Social Worker at Home of Hope, an AMG orphanage in the Philippines.

Ritchie has served with AMG for 36 years, dedicating her whole life to caring for these children, many of whom she has watched grow up and join the Home of Hope staff, serving other children from similar situations.

Currently, 50 children live in the home, and Ritchie says this past year has been more challenging than in past years due to lockdowns, shelter in place orders, and the fear of the unknown. But God’s love, wisdom, and power have seen her and the staff through, and He has protected them all. 

“In these difficult times, our resources and movements are still limited. We are amazed by God’s daily provision of our needs. Many unexpected donors gave donations to Home of Hope amid the pandemic,” Ritchie says. The Home of Hope staff is humbled at the support enabling them to care for these children without interruption, even though outside the home, the world has lived interrupted for more than a year. 

When you support a national leader, like Ritchie, you are not only supporting her needs, and you are also helping these 50 children. You provide them with someone who will love them, care for them, and show them Jesus every day, which is the greatest gift you can give even if you can’t give it in person.