Family Style Homes

God is doing so much in West Africa and Feeding the Orphans and YOU are the ones that make it possible. You believe in this ministry and you partner with us as we work together to literally change the lives of thousands. Babies are not sacrificed to false gods, little ones are no longer starving, children are going to school, youth are attending college and mothers are able to care for their children. But most importantly, they are experiencing the love of our Savior day in and day out as their bellies are full and their minds are expanding. From the bottom of our hearts AND theirs, thank you. Thank you for helping change the world ONE child at a time.

As many of you know, FTO partners with several children’s homes in Ghana and Togo. Our first desire is for these children to be reunified with birth families and extended families when possible and we are working to make this a reality. Unfortunately, many times it is an impossibility and we need an alternative. This alternative is a community full of family style homes that will provide a father and mother to a smaller number of children per house.

We are currently in the process of building this community village in the area of Dodowa outside of Accra. It is a beautiful area nestled near mountains that is the perfect setting for raising a family. But we need YOU. The children need YOU to make this happen. As of now, the children are living in a rental house where the rent will be due again in March 2018. However, our goal is to raise enough money to construct the homes in the village where we will no longer need to pay rent. This is a big goal, but we serve a BIG God.

Will you partner with us as we transition them into homes with approximately 8-10 children and house parents in each house?

Phase   Target Dates            Project Cost
1        December 1, 2017     Complete 2 family style homes $50,000
2        February 1, 2018     Complete 2 more family style homes $50,000
3        April 1, 2018            Complete community building and one more home $50,000
4        June 1, 2018             Soccer field and veg. gardens $5,000

Will you be a part of transforming the lives of the children of GMI? Will you help us build homes just like yours and ours where they can grow up with a set of parents and fewer kids? Will you invest in the future of these little ones as they dream of becoming doctors and lawyers and nurses and teachers?

Much love,

Sydney
Founder, Feeding the Orphans

Going where He leads…

In August 2015 we walked into a hospital to visit a little boy we were providing medical care to. Little did we know that it would turn into something so much bigger. That day we were introduced to two precious babies. First they led us into the baby ward and we met baby Daniel and his 18 year old mother Bertha. Daniel had been in the hospital 5 months and couldn’t breathe on his own. We were told he has cysts in his lungs that needed immediate surgery so he could breathe normally. That day we placed hands on that precious baby and his mother and pleaded with God to heal him. Two weeks later we got news that he was being discharged and was off oxygen. We were overjoyed at his progress and thanked God. However, the cysts in his lungs have gotten bigger and he will still need surgery. He is currently living in the village with his momma awaiting surgery and we praise God that he is off oxygen and able to do that.image1 The doctor said I have one more baby I want you to meet before you go. He led us into this tiny room that was probably the size of a bathroom here in America and in the corner in a little hospital bassinet laid a precious 8 month old baby boy. Baby December was abandoned at birth because of his cleft lip and weighed only 6 pounds. He was the most precious baby boy I’ve ever seen. The doctor explained how he needed surgery to fix his cleft lip because he had a lot of trouble eating and he needed it asap. We spent about 10 minutes rubbing his hands, telling him how much he was loved and praying over him but then we had to move on. Walking into that room and seeing that baby just laying there all alone and then having to leave him like that was probably the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.image1 We arrived back in America and he never left my mind. I would find myself praying for him throughout the day and staring at his picture. A couple weeks later we found someone to do the surgery but first he had to gain weight. So for weeks we prayed hard that he would gain the weight necessary for surgery and he was making progress. We planned on me traveling over before his surgery to be with him during and after as he recovered. Then on October 25th we got the heart wrenching news that our precious baby boy had gone to be with Jesus. That day was one of the hardest days of my life but I knew God had a bigger and better plan so I clung to that hope and sure enough He had the biggest and best plan in the making. In January God whispered that it was time for me to go back to Ghana and that He had big plans. He told me it was time for a new partnership to help with abandoned babies and families that can’t afford medical care in that same hospital where the babies were. So in faith Dad and I booked our flight and were off. We traveled to Ho and met with the amazing doctor at the hospital and shared our hearts and what we felt like God was telling us to do. The doctor did the same with us and the partnership was set. We currently have two little guys in our program. Baby Daniel who is getting closer to finally receiving his surgery and a little guy who has a heart defect and will also need surgery. Our goal in the near future is to build a “Ronald McDonald” house for mothers whose kiddos are receiving medical care and also a home for the abandoned babies so they have a safe and loving environment to grow in. We are beyond excited to watch all of this play out and can’t wait to see what God will do.Ho hospital Precious Baby December you changed my life and so many more while you were here on earth and you continue to do so. Baby boy dance with Jesus and know how very much you are loved. IMG_0236

Clean Water for Ghana – Sydney Shares Her Heart on Local News

Our own Sydney O’Leary was interviewed on WBIR news’ Live at Five about our current Change for a Change campaign. “After we drilled the well, we got to see the children going to school and flourishing,” she says. That’s truly our heart behind this campaign, along with bringing Jesus to those who don’t know him in Ghana. Board member Kristin Miller is a nurse practitioner at Trinity Medical, a Knoxville doctor’s office, and she shared the creative way she brought Change for a Change to her workplace. We also got to hear her heart for Ghana.

Watch the video for an update on what God is doing in Ghana! Click here to learn more about Change for a Change. If your heart is stirred to make a difference and provide clean water and Jesus to communities in Ghana, click here to make a donation to our Water for Life fund.

From Scowls to Smiles

While we were in Ghana God opened the door for an outreach in a “town”.    Ningo lies on the coast, is a fairly large town and its people lie under the bondage of the enemy.  Once we arrived it did not take long to realize that this town was not like others in Ghana I have visited.  Ghanaians are very friendly people by nature, but this day our friends were few and far between.

Pastor Fred is a man of God that has taken on the calling to preach the Gospel to the inhabitants of this oppressed community.

Our dear friends and partners, the Beebes have been attending his church in Ningo for a time and one night God kept Pastor Fred awake for hours, burdening his heart for an outreach.  A community wide outreach to share the gospel, feed the hungry, clothe the needy, heal the sick and ultimately “Save a Sinking Soul”.

On Saturday, September 15 we (Pastor Fred, O’Leary’s, Beebe’s, GMI, and FTO volunteers) gathered in Ningo to worship and pray over the day.  We then divided to walk through the town and invite people in the community to the outreach.

Sydney, Keenan and I went with John Nyavor and Richard Wendo (our partners at GMI) to witness to the people and invite them to hear about our Jesus.  We came upon 5 children helping their mother do laundry.  As soon as the mother saw us, she scowled and ran off leaving the children to finish the work.  We spoke with the children and asked them to join us for the outreach where they would receive new clothing and a hot meal. They told us that their father saw the bulletin announcing the program earlier in the week and told them not to go anywhere near the outreach or he would beat them.

We left the children and moved onto the main street where the villagers were holding a funeral.  Thousands were gathered and were worshipping their false gods.  The Lord spoke to me in that moment and told me to purchase some credits for my phone, and as I looked, I was standing right next to a small hut that sold them.  I bought some credits for my phone and realized why the Lord told me to do so.  You see, the man working there was the father of the 5 children we had just left, the father that told his children to have nothing to do with us, the outreach, or Jesus.  The man spoke little English and John started telling him about Jesus and how he needed him.  Within a few minutes, the man prayed to accept Christ right there on main street in front of the funeral where all the attendees were wearing their colorful garb representing the evil which they serve.  Praise God!

As John was praying with this father, I saw another man standing there and started to engage him about Christ.  As I walked toward him, he SCOWLED at me with hate and disgust in his eyes.  I tried to tell him about Jesus, but he spoke no English at all.  John walked up and realized the man did not speak any of the 4 languages he spoke either. However, Richard did speak this man’s language of Dangbe, so he translated for John.  The Spirit of God was moving and within 30 seconds of John simply telling this angry man that he lovingly needed Jesus – everything changed.  God drew this man to Christ and he eagerly prayed to accept Jesus as Lord right then and there – again in front of the whole town to see.  Then the man asked if he could follow us wherever we were going – so we all walked to the outreach together.  Walked together to worship a God who loves all, understands all and saves all.

As we walked up, we were amazed at what the Lord had done.  Over 200 children were already there singing to Jesus, the King who they would soon hear about.  And a really cool thing – the 5 children of the father who said he would beat them if they came, they were there because their father had an encounter with the one true God!  He had gone home to get them!

After the gospel was presented, there was an opportunity to come forward and accept Christ.  The first one out of his seat and moving forward was the man that came with us, the man who scowled at me in the begining behind hate filled eyes. Because of his boldness to stand for Christ, others followed him forward.  The man that looked at me initially with disdain in his eyes, was now beaming and smiling ear to ear filled with the hope and love of Jesus!

I asked Pastor Fred to look after and disciple him as he would be attending his church now.  Fred prayed over him right there and prophesied that this new believer would be a great man of God and lead many to Christ.  John had no idea of this prophesy, but that night he had a dream that this same man was traveling throughout Ghana into many oppressed towns and leading many to Christ as a great evangelist.  God will certainly use this man in mighty ways!

What struck me most about this day of outreach to a town captured in darkness was the power of the name of Jesus.  We say that, we sing about that, but to personally witness the power in His name moved me.  As American Christians I think we try too hard to explain/understand/rationalize the Gospel.  We are saturated with “knowledge” of the Gospel, but far too often miss the true simplicity and love of the Good News.  All we need is Jesus, He truly is enough, He truly is THE answer.  With just hearing the name of Jesus and feeling Christ’s love through John, this man’s life changed forever and as a result many more lives will be changed and the bondage of the enemy WILL BE broken.

The generosity of many of you poured in and we were able to feed the masses, bring many pillowcase dresses, clothes and bibles with us for the outreach.  God used you to share the gospel, feed the hungry, clothe the needy, heal the sick and ultimately “Save a Sinking Soul”.

“FOR THE SON OF MAN CAME TO SEEK AND TO SAVE THE LOST”      LUKE 19:10