The Oak Life Journal
Nov | Dec 2022
From the Editor
By Cameron Talbot • 4 min read
Somehow we are already entering the holiday season and this edition of The Oak Life Journal will be the last for 2022.
To close the year, I just wanted to take a moment and share my deep appreciation to all of you.
When my wife and I sat down to pray on January 1st of 2022, we heard God say, “This year is all about new relationships!”
As usual, He was entirely correct.
We had the privilege of meeting so many of you this year—collaborating, dissecting problems and solutions together, and hearing stories from your end of orphan care.
In particular, we’d like to thank A Child’s Hope Foundation, The Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development and Tier 3 for all of your dedicated work to the orphan care community. Learning from you and problem solving alongside you has been an immense pleasure.
In addition, a number of orphanage directors stepped in to work with us this year on resource development and knowledge sharing. We are so grateful to you Mark Wakefield, Anabel Frutos, Karen David, Emmanuel Frutos, Dalia Zepeda and Karlee Camacho. Your insights are invaluable, built on years of hard-earned wisdom and trailblazing.
We had the privilege of training students from four different countries, and we were blessed to welcome new volunteers and donors who have enriched our lives and the heart of Oak Life. Our campus came alive with residents, which has meant sharing space, meals, worship, and meaningful conversations.
So many of you reading this article are new subscribers, as our readership doubled this year. We pray that this resource is a helpful encouragement. If there is ever a topic you would like to see researched or discussed in The Oak Life Journal, let us know! Our goal is to be a support to you in your work.
And finally, on a more personal note, my wife and I welcomed our second child and first boy in June—Misael Thomas. Meeting him was utterly life changing.
I share my sincere gratitude to all of you for every videocall, email chain, coffee meeting and resource share. Thank you for subscribing, participating, reading and learning with us.
May God bless each of you abudantly as we head into the holiday season, and we look forward to more in 2023!