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The Orphan Train

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

The Orphan Train on display at the opening gala for the Artisan Express.

By Dr. Cari Burck –

The trains base is being painted with some help from my son and his friend.I always thought I would be the mother and have a lot of children in my home. I had no idea God put that desire in my heart so that we could help start and run an orphanage in Guatemala. A lot of our family’s time, energy, and resources go to helping run Dorie’s Promise Guatemala. I help make the decisions about private schools, remodeling bedrooms, hiring chefs who understand nutrition, and coordinating care with our physician.

In many ways, I feel like the mother of the forty children we care for. I don’t get to hug on them and love on them face-to-face like I want. Still, I know they are getting everything they need to grow, thrive, and have the chance to be exactly who God created them to be in this world. My dream is that some of these children will grow up and solve the orphan problem in Guatemala.

Along with help from my friend, Michelle De Monnin—who owns De The Orphan Train on display in Hungtinton, WVMonnin’s Art Studio in Milton, Washington, we created The Orphan Train for the project. Originating as a fund-raiser for the new Hoops Family Children’s Hospital at Cabell Huntington Hospital, the Artisans Express project has become much more. The City of Huntington, WV teamed up with the Hoops Family Children’s Hospital and the Cabell Huntington Hospital Auxiliary to launch a collaborative art initiative called All Aboard! Artisans Express 2015.

Artists from throughout the Tri-State region applied their creativity to 40 fiberglass train engines that are on display throughout the city until fall. Afterwards, the trains will be sold in an auction to benefit the children’s hospital. Michelle helped take my idea for this train and bring it to life. She did the poster and designed the decals for the train. She is the co-artist for this project and I want to make sure she gets credit for that. She is also an adoptive mother of the most beautiful little girl from India, named Chloe. To say there is not a little bit of Chloe in this project just wouldn’t be true.

A lot of people came along side us and helped. My father-in-law, Don Burck, and my friend, Frank Schuler, spent time trying to figure out what we could do with the base. One of my favorite ideas from them was covering it with rocks.

My friend, Mike Emerson, at Huntington Steel figured out how to make the springs on the top of the train come to life. He also consulted on different ideas for the base. Without him, I think I would still be trying to apply coats of fiberglass to it. Mike finally said, “Just wrap the original wood base in metal and paint it.” I also need to give credit to the guys at Paris Signs for their work. Tony Wheeler there is a friend, helping take Mike’s concept for the springs to the next level. Paris also did the decals of the children and made the metal base for us. The painting on the base is—for good or bad—all mine and based on Michelle’s concept.

The Orphan Train on Display and Up CloseWhen people see my train, I want them to feel love for children.

I want them to be reminded that there are children everywhere who need them—especially in our region. There are so many ways to help. Adoption is the ultimate way to help, but not everybody can do that. Foster care is another way to help change lives. There are local kids that need you! I know adoption and foster care overwhelm people. That’s okay. Not everybody can do that, but everybody can do a monthly sponsorship or give a gift to an organization that cares for orphans.

That’s my message with this train: look around you and jump on the opportunities to change life for children who don’t have parents.

The train will be auctioned off later this year. You can bid on The Orphan Train here.

Read more about the Artisans Express project here- Public Art Inspires.

The Board of Directors

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

By Bradley Burck-

Did you know that Forever Changed International has a board of directors? It isn’t something people often think about, but the board is the body that makes decisions about the future of the organization and approves the organization’s budget and major expenses. Board members are unpaid workers. They are essentially super volunteers who spend their time, treasure, and talent helping the ministry grow and thrive. Let’s introduce you to the three board members for Forever Changed International and tell you a little about what they do for the organization…

Cinda Rachor

Cinda lives in Michigan with her husband Jim. She is the mother of six children. Her connection to Forever Changed International is deeply personal. The Rachors have a daughter who is stuck in the adoption process in Guatemala. Cinda and Jim continue to pursue all avenues to bring her home. Through all of this, they have made Forever Changed International a priority for their giving, advocacy, and support.



Barb Quinn

Barb lives just outside Seattle, Washington, with her husband Tom. She is the mother of three adopted children from Eastern Europe. Barb has been connected to Heather Radu for more than 20 years through the adoption of her children and the founding of Forever Changed International. She is passionate about orphans and making sure they are loved, trained, and provided for until they reach adulthood.

Heather Radu

Heather is the founder of Forever Changed International. She has been a passionate advocate for orphans for the last 20 years. Her goal in every presentation is to get everyone she can to passionately serve the world’s forgotten children. She believes that when you reach out to serve those in need, you will see your life forever changed. Heather lives just outside Vancouver, Washington, with her two children.



What does the job of a member of the board of directors entail? Here is a brief overview:

  1. Giving to the ministry
  2. Owning the financial health of the organization
  3. Ensuring ministry opportunities are in line with the stated vision of the organization
  4. Helping execute ministry activities — based on the needs and requests of the staff
  5. Participating in short-term and long-term planning
  6. Reviewing and evaluating financial reports on a regular basis
  7. Bringing credibility to the ministry
  8. Contributing to the health of the organization by introducing potential board members to the current board

The board of directors is meeting in Guatemala City in early March. Please put these women on your prayer list. Ask God to give them wisdom as they plan and lead Forever Changed International into the future.