The Faces that Changed My Life

By Karen Isbell

In 1999 I flipped through a brochure of pictures of countries around the world. I was overwhelmed…I wanted to go to them all. Yet, I was drawn in by the dark brown eyes of a young child in Asia and knew that was where I needed to go.

6 months later, I was on a plane flying to a tiny, land-locked, third-world country on the other side of the world. I still remember the night we arrived, the night I looked into the face of poverty for the first time. I wanted to change their world, but they changed mine.


In 2004, I returned to Nepal to spend the summer teaching English to nursing students in Kathmandu. God opened some amazing doors and relationships that summer. I was able to meet the family of my first translator, the Llama family.

“Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.”

The Llama family lives James 1:27 everyday. They pastor a church and house The New Creation Home Orphanage all under one roof. They care for nearly 50 children, providing a safe-haven from the government orphanage system and the sex-traficking industry. They rescue children primarily from the villages because the government does not care for those children and they often end up enslaved.


In 2007 Bryan and I set up a non-profit organization so that we could help support The New Creation Home Orphanage. God faithfully meets their needs but we want to come alongside them in any way that we can so that more children will be rescued and kept safe from enslavement. Each month profits from The Intentional Life etsy store will support The New Creation Home.


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