Sunday, July 7, 2013


Our Little Roses Foreign Mission Society Moves to Miami

Dear Friends,

We want you to be the first to know that Our Little Roses Foreign Mission Society, the U.S.-based 501(c)(3) whose mission is to increase support and awareness for Our Little Roses Ministries in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, has moved to Miami.

Here's our new address and contact information:

  Our Little Roses Foreign Mission Society Inc.
  525 NE 15th St., Suite 100
  Miami, FL  33132-1411
  Ph:  305.401.0378
  Fx:  305.375.8054

Let me also introduce myself. In November, following Beverley Allison's unexpected passing, Bishop Leo Frade, chairman, and the board of directors of OLRFMS asked me to serve as Acting Executive Director of OLRFMS to ensure that the important work of securing support for Our Little Roses Ministries in Honduras continued.

Our efforts these last several months have focused on relocating the office to Miami with the planned sale of the property on which the offices were located. We ask your patience and understanding as we move through this transition. Please feel free to call or email us if you have any questions.

At the same time, we also say goodbye and thank-you toBetty Lou Roberts and Joanne Matthews, who worked closely with Beverley and served OLRFMS for 13 and 19 years, respectively. Both have done a tremendous job over the years and have worked especially hard these last several months to prepare the Virginia office for closing and moving to Miami.

Joining me in Miami as Development Services Manager isKatrina Davey. You can reach her at 305.401.0378 or at Katrina brings a wealth of experience from her years at United Way-Miami and, most recently, Friends of Trinity Cathedral, Miami.

Finally, as we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Diana Frade's founding of Our Little Roses in San Pedro Sula, the board of OLRFMS has adopted several goals intended to secure a strong financial foundation for Our Little Roses Ministries -- expanding the number of sponsors, increasing general support and expanding the number of regional special events. Each of these goals ultimately ensures a secure financial foundation to meet the ongoing and pressing needs and services of the ministry -- and the girls.

Words are not enough to thank you for your support. I look forward to working with you in the months and years ahead as together we continue to support the vital work of Our Little Roses Ministries in Honduras.

God's peace and blessings!

Cheryl D. Chapman, PhD
Acting Executive Director
Our Little Roses Foreign Mission Society, Inc.
525 NE 15th St., Suite 100
Miami, FL 33132-1411
Ofc:  305.401.0378
Cell: 786.556.5156 
Fax: 305.375.8054

OLRM Run for the Roses!

Thanks to the Newport Beach, CA and Southwest Airlines crew and friends for another amazingly successful Run for Our Little Roses, which has now raised over $20,000 for Our Little Roses. Above is their Run for the Roses with the girls in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

Monday, June 10, 2013

English program earns Girl Scout top honor

Kelly Telljohann, 17, teaches the English words for colors to a girl at Our Little Roses in Honduras, using the ESL kit she developed. Telljohann was awarded the Girl Scout Gold Award for her project.
Kelly Telljohann, a Ballantyne Country Club resident and junior at Providence Day School, received the Girl Scout Gold Award May 5 for her English as a Second Language (ESL) project that was so successful it has been incorporated into three ESL programs spanning from Charlotte to Honduras.
“I know its being used and it feels so good,” said Telljohann, 17, who has been a Girl Scout for 10 years and is part of Troop 1405.
The Gold Award is the Girl Scouts’ highest award and is presented for an individual’s project that involves identifying a need, developing an action plan, leading and delegating, and results in a final product that is sustainable by another party.
When Telljohann traveled to Honduras as a short-term mission trip in July 2011 to visit Our Little Roses, a home for girls rescued from the streets of San Pedro Sula – the murder capital of the world – she saw the girls’ desire to learn English. Some have the opportunity to attend the home’s bilingual school and need English practice, while some attend public school and need a more basic introduction to English. Learning English increases their opportunities and earning potential upon graduation.
Telljohann spent 160 hours developing an ESL kit to feed the girls’ motivation and to help the missionaries connect with the girls.
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Wednesday, May 8, 2013


Katherine took the mirror and smiled at it!  She is the beautiful girl in the mirror! For the first time the girls got their own mirror. This is a special acrylic not breakable mirror that every girl got to draw her own faces or the faces of the girl in front of them. The girls enjoyed this activity that was basically for the older girls, but as there was enough material many of the little girls were able to do it. With bright eyes and showing surprise Martita, a 6 years old, asked:  "Are you sending me to do the activity that the big girls were doing yesterday?"  Her eyes opened wide when the teacher answered "Yes, go to the dining room to do the activity".   


"El Espiritu de Dios esta en este lugar"  (The Spirit of God is in this place) Was one of the hymns that the girls from Our Little Roses sang last Sunday 14 when Rev. Gustavo Galeano, the full time priest of OLRM celebrated the First Eucharist as the formal Chaplain of OLRM.  

Poet Priest Spencer Reece, Revda. Debra Andrew and Rev. Gustavo Galeano

Having a full time priest at OLRM is a blessing, but having a woman priest and a poet priest to do the First Eucharist at Holy Family Chapel was a big event! The Celebrations at Holy Family Chapel will be every other Sunday as the girls continue attending San Pablo Episcopal Church at Colonia Satelite.  

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Chinese New Year, The Year of the Snake, was a great reason to host a fundraiser for our girls at Our Little Roses. We had over 40 women, many longtime supporters of the girls, dressed in red (for good luck!) bringing in the New Year together.

 The Asian food was plentiful and delicious, the house decorated with all forms of Chinese Good Luck symbols and of course, lots of red! It was a luncheon that lasted hours. February is a good month to host a fundraiser as people are ready to party again after a break from the holidays. Coming up with a theme that is out of the ordinary helps make a fundraiser just that bit different and exciting for people to attend. Spreading the word about Our Little Roses is a way to get more volunteers and supporters. We handed out a list of ways each person could help us make our week with the girls a success. We suggested that the girls needed not only donations of clothes but books, craft supplies, help designing workshops and writing letters. And lastly, it was very successful in the money-raising department. Let’s share ideas of how we all help our girls. Ann, Charlotte Padrinos 2/2013
Our Little Roses Film chronicles the making of a film about an American-born Episcopal priest who travels to Honduras, the poorest Spanish-speaking country in the Western Hemisphere and, in that, the murder capital of the world - San Pedro Sula - to teach poetry to a score of orphaned teenage girls at Our Little Roses orphanage, at the edge of one of the city's ram shackle barrios.

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