A Year to Dream

As we draw near the end of 2016, we stand in awe and amazement of all God has done.  Children have been fed.  Families have been reunified.  Life saving medical care has been given.  Villages have received clean water.  But more than that, people know they are loved and cherished.  And they have heard the name of our Savior.  They have been given the Living Water and that is all because of YOU.  We thank you for journeying with us and ask you to join us again.  Click the video below to hear a few words from our founder, Sydney O’Leary.

As Sydney mentioned in the video, here are our greatest needs as 2016 comes to a close. Walk with us into 2017 and be a part of something great….

 

 

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Nyame Dua home – $24,000

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Jasikan church plant – $3,000

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Education sponsorships – $840/child a year

To be a part of a year to dream, GIVE and designate your gift in the notes section OR mail a check to:

FEEDING THE ORPHANS
215 CENTER PARK DRIVE
SUITE 750
KNOXVILLE, TN 37922

Thank you again for journeying with us!

A Mighty Warrior

His entire body shook as he breathed. Weak and frail this precious six pound tiny baby was facing death.

There in the quiet room, holding a dying baby our Founder, Sydney, cried out. Over and over she begged our Creator.

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“God give him strength, heal his body.  Let him know he is loved.”

As the child’s grandmother leaned in and whispered to Sydney, asking her to name this precious child, God himself whispered to Sydney. Samson. His name was to be Samson, a mighty warrior for Jesus.

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What a different six months made in the life of this little warrior. Just a mere six months in our sponsorship program and Samson has totally transformed physically. He is healthy, even chunky with baby rolls! God took a story full of despair and turned it into one full of hope and love. This little guy is living with his grandma and is so very loved and adored. Because of you Samson has a future, he can truly be a warrior for the Kingdom and his grandmother doesn’t have to bury her grandchild. Sponsorship literally changes lives. Head over to our website to see how you can be a part of a child’s life.

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When there seems to be no hope

Guest Blog: Bekah Ochs just returned from Ghana as part of the medical mission team. Once again, this beautiful country taught her so much.

While in Ghana, we have times of joy and healing. We get to see patients who have never been to a doctor before. We get to give glasses to people who for years have not been able to read or see far away. We get to pray over and share the gospel with every person that comes through the clinic doors.

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But it is also a time of immense sorrow. Hundreds of people sit in the hot sun all day, hoping for a chance to see a doctor. Broken bones that have grown together because they haven’t been set properly. Wounds that are eating away at flesh. Babies that are malnourished. The list goes on and on. Each one is a heartbreak to us.

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But one specifically that touched our hearts was Baby Daniel. And today, I’m writing this as a plea for someone to stand up and fight for him. Baby Daniel came through our clinic in Bodada. He is four months old, and yet is about the size of a newborn. He has been severely malnourished due to the fact that his mother is unable to breastfeed and doesn’t have the money to buy formula. In the mother’s attempt to feed him, she was giving him corn porridge, which is ground up maize soaked in water.

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As a result, his body is small and fragile. His skin has lost color in places. His wrist is about the size of my thumb. When our team doctor saw Daniel, he said that unless Daniel gets formula and nutrients in him, he will only survive a month. We told the mother to return the next day and that we would have formula. This is something very few Ghanaians purchase as it is a privilege only a few can afford. That next day we had baby Daniel and his mother stay at the clinic for several hours as we were able to give him his first bottle of formula. He was hesitant at first, but oh, what a joy it was to see his tiny mouth suck faster and faster as he realized the formula tasted good.

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After his first bottle he began to perk up, and it was evident that even this little amount of nutrients was making this baby boy come back to life again.

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Friends, we are pleading for the life of a baby who doesn’t have a voice. If you would like to help support Daniel, please sponsor him. Help provide formula so that he can continue to grow and be raised knowing that there are people around the world who love him and care for him. The cost to provide formula is only $80 a month. If you can’t do that, please donate monthly what you can. Email sydney@feedingtheorphans.org  for details.

Going from Hopeless to Hopeful

Sleeping on the beach was normal. Begging for the smallest piece of food was normal. Homeless and alone, this was normal for Ema. Not an adult, not even a teenager, Ema at only nine years old had no family, no food, no school and certainly no hope for a future.

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Hopeless was his normal.

That was until God orchestrated hope, until He provided a beacon of hope to this hopeless child. What was planned as a fun beach trip for the children of GMI landed our Directors on the beaches Ema called home. There on “his” beach stood Ema, clothes tattered and torn and sores consuming his body, a normal day for Ema, broke the hearts of our team.

Hope came in an invitation to come join us at GMI. A place where we all knew Ema would find unending hope. Love, care, education and most importantly the love and hope found in our Savior.

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His new normal looks like school, reading, writing, drawing and leading others in Bible devotions. Four years at GMI and HOPE has awakened Ema’s heart.

When you partner with us at Feeding The Orphans you help bring Hope to the Hopeless.

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“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

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A New Beginning

It was there in the dusty African dirt, still new to our Director Kristie’s senses, that we met her.

A beautiful, yet oh so weary, mother of four precious children, Mary. Her face burdened with hurt and heartbreak, tears fell as she began to share her story with us. Through the tears and long pauses and words weighted with grief she explained that she was making a decision to give up her oldest sons in hopes to, at the very least, still be able to be a mother to her youngest son and daughter.

Unable to feed them, unable to clothe them and certainly unable to educate them she felt trapped. Out of options, she was making the best choice she could. She was choosing to give up her very own children, her babies, her blessings.

That day our Director listened to Mary’s words. Her mother’s heart resonating with every heartbreak, every hope and every fear Mary shared. Then, Kristie whispered these simple words, “Let us help you.”

Pieces fell into place, God moved in mighty ways and YOU brought life and love and renewal to Mary and her children through your generous sponsorships. But the sponsorships could only take Mary so far. This is a fiercely independent woman who longed to provide for her beautiful family. But, the ups and downs of inconsistent jobs left her with little stability to offer her children.

All the while God was moving again in the heart of our Director, Kristie and the vision of Esther’s Hope became reality. Kristie knew instantly this unique employment program could empower Mary to be the mother she dreamed of being.

A quick learner and with a passion to provide, Mary quickly became one of the most skilled artisans at Esther’s Hope. Do you know what that simple little job gave Mary? It gave her hope. Just months after becoming a team member at Esther’s Hope, Mary was able to install electricity in her home! A light bulb that represents so much more. It shows us that God can provide a way in the very darkest of situations.

Meet Mary and her crew. Graduates of our Feeding The Orphans sponsorship program and now 100% self-supported through her employment with Esther’s Hope.

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As we celebrate 6 years at FTO we want you to see what your support does. This is real life change. Mamas keeping their babies.

Into the Light

As we celebrate six years at FTO we want to spend time sharing stories of transformation with you. Today, we want you to meet Benjamin and hear the story of impact YOU have helped make on his life.

Left without a father and with a bull’s eye on his back, young Benjamin fell into a dark and destructive life.  Demon possessed and performing unthinkable jobs, it was Benjamin that the village people knew had the assigned task of carrying out the Ningo Chief’s unimaginable sacrifice ceremonies. The screams and cries of the sacrifices did nothing to penetrate his soul.

An unspeakable trance his mother was concerned could never be broken, she did the only thing she knew to do. She snuck into the fishing village and offered to sell her son into a life of slavery in hopes this would, at the very least, rescue him from the downward spiral of darkness that was his life.

A life where slavery was the better option.

Then, God moved.

Our beloved Pastor Fred was notified of the story and he knew God was calling him to be part of Benjamin’s rescue plan. Pastor Fred made his way to the fishing village and rescued Benjamin. Together the two sought help from The Lord and soon Ben was delivered from procession and no longer a slave.

No longer a slave to fisherman. No longer a slave to the darkness. 

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This once dedicated sacrifice assistant now assists with baptisms at The Lord’s church in Ningo. Benjamin follows Christ with his whole heart and he has been made whole again.

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Did you participate in Forget The Frock? – Funds from t-shirt sales supported Benjamin for driving school. He completed his training and received his license! He is now the official driver for our partner ministry in Ningo- The Palace Chapel International.

FTO Turns 6

6 years ago today (April 30)  God broke my heart for the orphans. He called me to feed, educate, provide medical care and clean water to the orphans of Africa. He called me to be his “mailman” and take the good news of Christ everywhere. He called me to love.

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6 years ago when He told me to design a shirt and raise money for the orphans I couldn’t wait to make a little bit of a difference. I never thought that it would grow to be what it is today. It blows me away. FTO has assisted more than 19,500 people in Ghana and Togo. More than 10,300 people now have access to clean water. 10 single mommas are now employed so they can keep their kids. 42 villages have been served and brought the love and saving power of Jesus. 1 school in Ghana has been built. Countless kids now have full bellies, clean water, the opportunity to attend school and most importantly they have Jesus.

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As I think back to my first trip to Ghana and meeting the kids my heart swells and I become so thankful that God chose me for this journey. I remember stepping off that plane and the moment my feet touched that African soil for the first time. It immediately stained my clothes and my heart. I remember meeting the kids and how they stole my heart the minute I hugged them. I remember holding deathly sick babies and pleading with God to heal them.  I remember introducing the kids to bubbles and hearing them laugh so hard. I remember walking the dirt streets seeing utter poverty and how it broke my heart. I remember praying over little ones and kissing their heads as they went to sleep. I remember dancing and singing our hearts out. I remember waking up in the mornings and hearing the kids at my door saying “Mommy Sydney” over and over and then rushing to get new clothes on so I could go hug them all. I remember the moment that I sat holding a little one as the sun went down and knowing that this place would always hold a piece of my heart. 6 years ago today Jesus completely changed my life and I am so thankful He did. Its been a crazy journey and it’s only the beginning. 

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You have been on this journey with me from the beginning. You bought that very first shirt. You prayed. You donated. You have been here. And today we launch our 6 year anniversary shirt,

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“I am ONE in a LONG LINE of many who choose to follow”

because at the end of the day “Faith without works is dead – James 2:17″. Click HERE  and be ONE today (limited stock on our new shirt!!) ‪#‎iamone‬ ‪#‎countmein‬ ‪#‎iaminlinetoo‬ ‪#‎areyouinline‬

 

5 years later…

5 years ago today God gave me the vision for FTO.  A vision to provide food, water and medicine.  And a vision to design a tshirt.

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However, as I sit here thinking about all God’s done in these five years it amazes me.  I think back to the day I first stepped foot in Ghana and the day I met 17 children who had absolutely nothing.

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The day I walked the dirt streets of Ghana and completely fell in love with the country, the people and the culture.

 

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The day we met sweet little Mary and her four kids.  The day I went to Choker and saw the utter poverty that completely broke my heart.  The many days I spent just sitting and holding little ones.

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The day I stood before hundreds of street children, so hungry and just wanting to be loved. All of these memories I will cherish forever.  God has done so much in just 5 years.  Over 300 kids are sponsored for food and education, 10 single mothers are employed and are able to keep their children, 10 water wells and churches have been built, and 1 school was built and much, much more.

 

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Five years ago I never imagined it would be this big.  I figured we would be able to help a few people and spread the love of Christ, but I never imagined it would become a non-profit organization supporting thousands of people.

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 Some people tell me I’m amazing and are just so blown away by what I’ve done, but it’s not me. God picked me five years ago to be his “mailman” and to share the love of Christ with as many people as possible.  I want all the glory and honor to go to Him and I can’t wait to see what He will do over the next couple years.  I know it will all be something incredible and I pray that it will brings tons more people to Christ.  All that really matters in this world is making sure everyone has the chance to hear about Christ and experience His love.  So join us on this amazing journey of following Christ and changing the world one child at a time. I know it will change your life just like it changed mine.

 

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Faith without works is dead – James 2:17

 

The Little Things

As many of you know, the children of Great Mission International – Togo (GMI – Togo) lost their home in a house fire on December 9, 2013.  For months they have prayed for a new home and YOU have helped provide that for them.  Words cannot express our gratefulness OR theirs!!

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Now these precious children need you again.  One week from today they will be moving into their new house, but they need a few items to make their house a HOME!!  Below we have attached a list.  Please join us in praying over the needs of the kids and then pray about how you can help them get moved in.

 

Just choose the item you wish to purchase from the LIST then click here to GIVE.  Choose GMI and then add your item in the NOTES section.

 

Thank you for always being a part of what God is doing!!

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Matthew 25:40 – whatever you do for the least of these you also do for me. 

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Guest blogger: On May 21, a team from Cornerstone Church of Knoxville traveled to Ghana to serve with us.  A member of that team, Bill Cahill, shares his perspective of the trip and the hope that Jesus left behind.

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School Construction Project in the Village of Hodzo

 

How often do you get an opportunity to participate in an activity that tangibly changes the course of a child’s life?  Well, a small group of people had the privilege of doing just that recently when Feeding the Orphans (FTO) sponsored the building of a school in the Village of Hodzo located in the Volta region of Ghana.  Cornerstone Church of Knoxville partnered with FTO in providing a team of constructors.  A portion of this team also participated in FTO sponsored orphan care activities in many different locations across southern Ghana.

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The FTO construction team worked alongside of local village residents to construct a six room school of significant size with the length of the building over 125 feet long and 20 feet wide.  In a temporal sense, the building represents the first safe permanent structure for purpose of educating children of the local village.  The gift of education provides hope, in this life, for a better future for these children.  FTO will sponsor dedicated teachers for the school and future expansions of the building will provide living quarters for the school staff.

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In a spiritual context, the school building represents much more to the local villagers and surrounding community.  It is truly difficult to put into words the appreciation and excitement that the community has displayed related to having this school built in their village.  The significance of educating the children of this region can already be seen as manifest in number of children registered to date at over 100, and the school has not opened yet!

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It is humbling to see the villagers love for their children and their desire to be given the opportunity for an education.  In many ways this is a picture of our Heavenly Father’s love towards us, His children.  FTO’s message to the village during the school dedication ceremony at the end of the project was simple and clear; we are here because of one reason and one reason only: Jesus Christ – the man – who He was and is and what He has done for us!

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Please join FTO in celebrating the salvation of nine brothers and sisters during a church service held in Hodzo on Sunday during the week of construction of the school.  FTO is humbled to be numbered among the laborers in the field where the harvest is plentiful!  It is our prayer that this school will be the light of Christ in this region, that God will be magnified through its presence in Hodzo and He will use it to impart hope to our precious brothers and sisters in Africa.

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