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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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!

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 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.

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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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.