In 2008, Matt and Misty Hedspeth travelled to Panamá for what they thought would be a two part trip: first drop off paperwork to start their personal adoption, then a getaway vacation. Misty was using her law degree to help an adoption agency, focused on connecting orphans to loving and willing families, and the couple had recently decided to adopt themselves. What the Hedspeths saw and experienced on the first half of their trip affected them so much that not only did the second half of the trip never really happen, but the couple decided to sell their house, quit their jobs, and move to Panamá to follow God’s call to help the orphaned children of Panamá.
Heart’s Cry Children’s Ministry was birthed out of this decision and has been increasing the scope of its reach, child by child, since 2008. Misty’s experience in the United States as an attorney working in international adoption law, as well as with cases of abused and neglected children, has proved invaluable to their work in Panamá. Matt’s real estate development experience has been crucial to the latest and by far the largest Heart’s Cry project: remodeling a special needs orphanage to give specialized care to the neediest of orphans.
This orphanage, Casa Providencia, will be a state-of-the-art facility that allows Panama's disabled orphans to have specialized medical care, including speech, occupational, and physical therapy. Rather than being bound to their cribs, these precious children will be given the quality of life they deserve. Located on the outskirts of Colon in the Republic of Panama, Casa Providencia is a 3-phase project. We are asking for your support with the completion of Phase 1, the remodel phase. Originally the building that is now Casa Providencia was built by the US military and literally bomb-proof. Your funds will help us complete the work of turning it into a loving home for special-needs orphans.