James 1:27 Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
The small country church I pastor faithfully supports an orphanage in Guatemala, Village of Hope. My wife is leading a group of moms /w kids there in July to serve and minister at the orphanage. My daughter from Ethiopia is doing a trial run there serving for 2-3 weeks and will mostly likely return to serve their for 2 years when she turns 18 soon.
The orphanage takes in orphans of course, many with special needs often with AIDS, or born drug addicted; but also young ladies who have been sexually abused and often pregnant, and even some destitute families. They care for them, heal them, share the Gospel with them, and disciple them. It is truly a FRONTLINE Christian ministry work. Leading it is Todd & Amy who just simply picked up their large family and went to Guatemala on faith alone a few years ago, and have built this ministry work. This is the kind of giving and investing in God’s work that is “pure and undefiled” (James 1:27), helping those who have very little hope of help, and of course, sowing seeds that results in the harvest of souls for eternity.
We need to raise at least $10K or so for the two week ministry trip. “You have not because you ask not”. Whenever I consider a request like this, I ask myself “would I want someone to ask me for the same thing?” And if I can honestly say yes, and I don’t feel constrained by the Lord, I will make the request. So here you go.
Any gift can be donated through the church I shepherd, so it is tax deductible. If the Lord leads you to help, let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I’ll give you either a mailing address or you can donate online here: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=9TDRFPCPC3RS4 (it goes to my business Paypal account but every penny will be transferred to the ministry trip). Whatever we raise over the expenses of the trip we’ll donate to the orphanage. If you know anyone else who would support this effort, please forward this along.