Many of you know but, for those that do not, I have, for the past 10 years, been involved with a ministry that is dedicated to helping meet the needs of the growing orphan population in Lusaka, Zambia, Africa.
According to UNICEF, approximately 1.2 million children are orphans (with over half losing parents to AIDS). Considering nearly 7 out of 10 people in Zambia live on less than $2.00 USD a day, it is a burden for extended family to take in the orphans. This often leads the orphans to live in the streets and fend for themselves.
I have seen the crisis with my own eyes. It is heartbreaking and sobering. Every time I think about it I get that visceral gut wrenching feeling when you know something just isn’t right.
When my pastor, of a little church, Emmanuel Christian Fellowship in Wildomar, California felt that God was calling him to build a village of 14 homes, a school, a medical clinic, and a church to take care of 168 orphans, I knew I would be a part of it for the rest of my life. Call it a “life passion.” I remember, a decade ago, standing on the 8.5 acre parcel of land that we envisioned would support these little ones, I thought to myself “Can it be done?…” It was a lofty goal to say the least. But, then, God showed up.
Since standing on the barren land ten (10) years ago, we have since erected seven homes for twelve orphans each, a wall across the entire property, a playground with basketball court, a soccer field (and official team!). We opened up a school Academy serving both village orphans and kids from the community. Through an aquaponics system, we raise tilapia and grow vegetables. There's a chicken coop as well. It truly resembles a village. Most importantly, we have taken in 84 orphans off the streets meeting their life’s needs and a chance for a fruitful future!
And while I am so pleased with the growth over the past ten (10) years, the vision is not fulfilled. Part of that vision was a clinic to provide excellent health care for the children. We plan to provide a full education for these kids. Most importantly, there are still homes to be built and orphans to come out of a place of despair, and in to a future and a hope.
In a world that continues to let you down, I can testify that God is doing something special at the village---just when things seem like they are falling apart, God reminds me that, in fact, they are falling together.
So, my wife and I, along with a team from my church, Elevation, will be heading out to Zambia, Africa during the summer of 2017 to push through the fear, push through despair, push through the darkness and LET HOPE RISE above it all!
I ask that you keep me and the team in your thoughts and prayers. If you are able to cheerfully provide me financial support in my mission to serve these kids and bring me to my Hope, I would be incredibly blessed and thankful. Simply, click the Donate Now button at the top of this page. If you want to follow as I update this site leading up to and throughout my mission, please click the Sign Up for Updates located on the right of the page.
Thanks for taking a bit of time to hear my heart.
For more info, and to find out how you can help, go to www.bofheaven.org
VIDEO AND MUSIC CREDITS
Video Editing and Production: Jobey McGinty
"Papa Nabana," traditional song performed by the Breath of Heaven Praise Team
"Ba Praise," written and performed by James Mbewe and Charles Sakala
Interview Soundtracks, Kevin MacLeod