Roots

A tree with roots planted deep and firm. Roots that have embedded themselves in the lives and hearts of this community. A tree that stands as a meeting place of darkness. A place where witchcraft reigns and those entwined in its darkness come to meet. Those who gather here wrap their hands around innocent children with the goal of planting this seed of darkness inside the next generation.

But God says those who know Him can be like a different type of tree…

“Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.”

The tree in this picture is surrounded by land that is ripe for the harvest of souls for His children. In 2015, our in-country partner approached the owners of this land, the land adjacent to the meeting place where darkness reigns, and begged to build a church. They said no. Never.

But God has a way of softening hearts, planting His seeds of hope. He used our medical missions team to do just that. Upon our team’s arrival in the community, the land owners received medical care and the most life-giving treatment of all, the Gospel. And their hearts were softened. Soon the landowners made one simple request…

Take this land, bring the message of Jesus here.

Now, in the shadows of that tree sits a church plant. A church, shining bright beside this “witchcraft gathering place.” A church, where His light burns brighter and penetrates hearts. A church, where souls can come to untangle themselves from the roots of deception and darkness. It is transforming the area. Little ones are learning about Jesus, teens are pouring their hearts out as disciples and adults are giving their lives to our Lord.


John 1:5 – The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it.

When you purchase a shirt for Forget The Frock you enable us to purchase land, build churches and untangle roots of lies and deception. Your shirt helps us bring the GOSPEL to dark areas. Will you join forces with us this Easter and let the shirt you wear to church help build churches?

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Expecting the Unexpected

Who would have imagined that at the end of a dark and murky stream of water we would find evangelism. We never dreamed that the task of purifying water would lead us to the task of purifying hearts in such an impactful way.

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That stream of murky water took us to the village of Bodada in 2014, a place desperate for fresh clean water. Clean water, an offering we could bring, thanks to funds from our Change for a Change campaign. Clean water for the people of Bodada soon became a reality. Fresh clean water and a church hungry to make disciples. These were what FTO humbly brought to Bodada.

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After two years of ministering to the people of Bodada, this summer, during a medical mission trip, we realized God was making a way for our simple water well to erode the hearts of many and make way for the true Living Water in areas beyond Bodada.

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Just a few short miles beyond the blessed borders of Bodada, sits a village captive to thoughts and religion as dark and murky as the water that once ran through the people of Bodada. A village named Jasikan.

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Jasikan, devoid of the hope or healing that we know to be our Savior, Jesus Christ, desperately needed a church. As soon as our team learned of Jasikan, we knew this was God paving the way. Together with our in-country partners we began dreaming and planning for the day God would use our team and the Change for a Change campaign to erode the murky hearts that had settled there.

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Now, just a few short months later we are so thrilled to tell you that because of our Change for a Change commitment in Bodada, God has opened doors in the neighboring Jasikan for FTO to change hearts. Pastor Fred, our in-country minister has worked diligently to train up 12 young men and women to begin this much needed church plant. The very children that FTO rescued from the darkness, the murkiness, are now the ones to bring light to the village of Jasikan!

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Together we are bringing clean water and eroding hardened hearts. Will you let your spare change, change lives?

Need more information on our Change for a Change campaign and how to get your family, friends, church, organization involved? Learn more HERE.

Called to bring His Light

Have you ever experienced something so real, so tangible that you knew it must be from The Lord? Would you believe that those things could be felt, experienced in the baking sun and dusty roads of African villages? Sometimes our relationship with our creator is nurtured in the most unlikely of places. Read the story of April Phillips, a recent FTO medical outreach volunteer and how God used her time in Ghana to remind her she has been called out of darkness and called to share His light to a needy world.

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“There are just so many things on my mind as I consider the time our team had in Ghana with FTO. It’s difficult to put it into words. Overall I walk away more aware of the power and beauty and freedom that is in Jesus! Such a different thing it is to be a part of His Kingdom. It is so unlike this world. It is more blessed to give than to receive. There is joy in sacrifice and service. His strength is perfected in our weakness. What we do for the “least of these”, we do for Him. These are just a few spiritual realities that are at the forefront of my thinking since our return from Ghana.

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I realize that I have been deeply affected by the examples of sacrificial love I saw demonstrated in the lives of specifically a few of my Ghanaian brothers and sisters as well as a couple members of our team. As I see the love of Jesus in them, I am freshly motivated to seek the Father, submit to His loving Lordship in my life, grow in knowledge of Him through the Word, and ask for greater sensitivity to His Spirit’s leading in my life.

1 Peter 2:9-10 says, “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for HIS own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”

My prayer is that our time in Ghana highlighted the excellencies of Him who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light. We are a people that have received mercy. Along with our Ghanaian family, we sought to serve a couple Ghanaian communities with medical care but ultimately to point them to our God of mercy who cares for their even greater need in Christ. May reaching a small part of their felt need, touch their souls to receive the One who came to bring them light and life.”

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Here at FTO, we give care, we give attention and aid, we meet physical needs. All of those things are important but they are not the core of our organization. Jesus is the core. He and the eternal hope He offers is at the core of every outreach, every school opened, every church planted, every belly filled. Partner with us as we bring the light and life of Jesus to the furthest corners of Ghana.

A Christmas Blessing

Abandoned in a gutter on Christmas morning this tiny little angel was so very small and so very sick when he arrived at Nyame Dua. Yaw Christmas, would become his name and this sweet precious child literally had a broken heart, a tiny little hole that would leave doctors confused and unsure of what to do.

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But God knew what to do. He sent a team of caregivers, a host of sponsors and an incredible army of Forget The Frock T-shirt wearers to change his life. Through this love and financial support this abandoned child is now flourishing and filled with love.

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Because of you and your support FTO is able to step in and make a way when there seems like all hope is lost. We are able to provide food, medical care even physical therapy. But most of all we are able to share the good news of Jesus Christ, because His love makes us all whole.

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Join us as we celebrate….

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Almost 6 years ago our founder, Sydney, spoke the words from her heart, “Why should we eat like kings and queens when they have nothing?” and her life changed.  Her family’s life changed.  And many, many other lives were changed by 12 simple words.  12 words.  So this weekend we will kick off a celebration of God’s goodness, His love, His mercy, His grace, His story and we will continue throughout the month of May.  Don’t miss the announcement on Saturday, April 30 and be a part of what God is doing….#iamone #countmein #iaminlinetoo #areyouinline #feedingtheorphans

James 2:17 – faith without works is dead

More than a tshirt

Remember when you thought a tshirt was just a tshirt? Well, over the last 5 years we at FTO have realized that could not be farther from the truth.

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Almost 6 years ago at the age of 10, our founder, Sydney, decided to say YES to what God was whispering. He broke her heart and then gently whispered, “Design a tshirt. Sell it. Use that money to provide food, water and medicine to hurting kids so they will see My face. So they will know they are loved and cherished and adored.” And in that instant, she obeyed. Willingly and with a faith as big as her Jesus, she took that step forward.

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Fast forward a year and slip into the great state of Kentucky where God was doing a mighty work on a woman’s heart. That woman was named Emily Fox and He had big things in store. As she was planning Easter dresses for her precious little girls, God was nudging for something different. Something bigger than just dresses. Something bigger than anyone else could ever imagine. God broke her heart like never before as her best friend walked out the adoption process. And all of a sudden, every price tag was a reminder of little ones that were in desperate need. That was the year she laid down her frilly dresses for her family and instead all 4 of them slipped into a simple tshirt. A tshirt that would literally change the lives of children. As she and her husband, Jason, started sharing their passions with everyone around them, others followed suit and Forget the Frock was born. A movement that is all about our Father. A movement that is about His heart. A movement that challenges thousands and thousands across the world as His servants lay down their fancy clothes on Easter morning to make a difference through the simple purchase of a tshirt. (You can read the full story HERE.)

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Since 2011, Forget the Frock has helped raise nearly $500,000 for orphan care, simply by asking people to “Dress with a Purpose” on Easter. Children have been fed, mothers have been able to be mothers, safe homes have been built, young girls have been rescued out of slavery, teachers have been hired in schools in remote villages, children are fed lunch at school (that may be the only meal they receive in a day), children with no hope can attend school and the list goes on and on and on. God broke a woman’s heart and she said yes. That is how big our God is…don’t you want to be a part of it this year?

Click SHOP to join the movement.  Or click FORGET THE FROCK to get all the details to join FTO in 2016.

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Kids and Backpacks

Guest blog: Today we would like to introduce Chris Ensley. He lives in Marion, Kansas and is a youth group leader. The Lord brought he and his family to FTO several years ago. His wife, Jessica, serves as our Sponsorship Coordinator and they are both huge advocaters for FTO and the fatherless around the world.

In mid September I was contacted by the Oasis Conference (a middle school and high school youth conference sponsored by Manhattan Christian College) director, Natalie Holdren, about a partnership with Feeding the Orphans and the Oasis Conference. The conference board wanted to try something new this year by offering a service project for students and youth workers to be a part of during a time between the main sessions.

I thought it was a great opportunity for Feeding the Orphans and for those attending the conference. There were two issues: First, “How can youth and youth workers in the Midwest serve orphans in Ghana, Africa?” Second, “We have three weeks to plan and obtain any and all supplies.” FTO director, Righ O’Leary, was able to quickly connect with those leading the orphanages in Ghana and ask what is something needed. As the answers came in it was evident God was directing everyone to the same way – orphans need school supplies.

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From collaborating efforts between FTO and the Oasis Conference (who willingly purchased all supplies needed and provided the needed manpower) the service project came together – a Backpack Packing Prayer Party. Let me explain. Youth groups attending the conference signed up in a time slot (which all slots were filled) to come fill a backpack with some school supplies, candy (what every child needs), a note of encouragement written by students, and students prayed over the orphan who would receive the backpack they packed.

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Through this amazing opportunity, 284 backpacks were ready to be shipped to Ghana and placed in the hands of an orphan. As many of us parents realized just a couple of months ago, backpacks and school supplies are everywhere in the U.S. and school supplies are necessary for our children to be educated effectively. In Ghana, backpacks and school supplies are not as nearly available as they are for us. We cannot thank Natalie and the entire Oasis Conference staff enough for this incredible blessing for the orphans. And we praise our living God and Savior for opening doors and hearts to serve in a way that location did not hinder.

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And those backpacks have made themselves across the ocean and into the hands of children in the village of Hodzo and the community of Ningo, two areas we are planting the Gospel of Jesus Christ so deeply.  And those backpacks have brought smiles and joy and love to many!

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Into the darkness…

The sun beats down on the village of Ningo on the outskirts of Ghana… penetrates the buildings and the people. For these people,

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the sun and the heat doesn’t phase them. They are here, all gathered, hundreds of them, because today is a special day.

You see, for years this scorching sun could not burn through the darkness that settled itself in the village, thick and suffocating. This darkness that claims hearts and heads and in its heaviest moments claims the lives of young babies, sacrificed to honor fake gods and idols of man. But today…

Today, the SON has invaded the darkness.

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The SON, Jesus Christ has entered into this village and things are changing.

Despair is being defeated by hope.
Depravity is being devoured by opportunity.
Child sacrifices are being replaced with child dedications.

Parents dedicated to raising their child for a life lived in honor of Jesus.

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Meet Evelyn, her parents now known as Deacon Josiah and Rejoice, have stepped out in faith, dedicated her to the Lord. Our Feeding The Orphans team was there to celebrate with them on this special day.

For the past three years Feeding The Orphans has invested in the people of Ningo and we have been so blessed to battle the darkness that is here. This darkness rages on even now and we are fighting it with the Son. Together with Pastor Fred we have watched God grow this group of believers from a mere 12 people to over 200 faithful followers. A community of people clinging to the hope of Jesus.

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We know that Darkness can be defeated by the SON.

We are so thankful for each of you who join us as we minister to the people of Ningo. When you choose to “Finish For One” this Summer, you are finishing for children just like Evelyn. That they may receive not only things to meet their physical needs, but the one true thing that can quench the needs of their heart. YOU become weapons battling against this darkness. Because of you and your support, Feeding The Orphans can bring the Son to this, one of the darkest of places. The children won’t have to be devoured by the darkness they can be dedication to the Savior.

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Will you finish for the village of Ningo and her children this Summer? Register to #finish4one here!

John 1:5 – The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

Reaching across the globe….

Right now in Ghana, in the small village of Hodzo there is a school filled with smiling children and stocked with school supplies. These supplies, such a simple thing for most children here in the United States, are a true treasure to the children and teachers in Hodzo. But, the story of how these supplies came to the children and teachers of Hodzo make them all the more special.

In wasn’t a grant or even the sacrificial gift of a donor that made these supplies possible. It was the huge giving hearts of students at Walnut Hill Elementary in Liberty, KY. Last year, the students at WHE spent weeks collecting school supplies for Feeding The Orphans and the children of Hodzo. The support of Feeding The Orphans didn’t stop when the collection ended. Many of the teachers at WHE also supported FTO during the Forget The Frock campaign. Recently, Feeding The Orphans, Founder, Sydney O’Leary and Forget The Frock, Founder, Emily Fox were able to visit WHE and share with them the impact they had on children across the globe!

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“WHE wants to thank both these amazing young women for coming and sharing with our students how they chose to make the world a better place. Thank you!” – Matt Willoughby, Assistant Principal

Making a difference doesn’t always mean you travel to the other side of the world.

Sometimes, helping can be as simple as collecting.

We are so thankful to WHE and their ongoing support of Feeding The Orphans. If you or your organization would like to explore ways to partner with FTO simply email us! Let’s partner to care for children.