Every year, children attending our Vacation Bible Camp program participate in at least one big mission project. This year, the Rolling River Rampage VBC kids at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church partnered with Oasis for Orphans, an organization which provides a holistic care approach for orphaned children, focusing on four key areas, including physical, spiritual, educational, and social development.
When this year’s VBC leadership team contacted Oasis for Orphans to ask how they could help, they were asked to donate underwear, which is in short supply. During Vacation Bible Camp, July 16-20, 2018, Bette Dowd, VBC missions coordinator, collected donations. We also designated two Undie Sundays, July 15 and 22, and encouraged everyone in the congregation to give. The result? We collected 232 packages of children’s underwear! If there are 8 pairs in each package, we collected more than 1800 pairs!
We also took an offering and received $1228 in donations. $1000 will go toward the orphanage and $228 will be donated to Feed My Starving Children (FMSC), where the 4th-6th graders went for their field trip during VBC. The 16 students and six adults who went on the mission-oriented field trip to pack meals at the FMSC warehouse in Mesa celebrated packing 38,664 meals, which will feed 105 children for a whole year! Our next church FMSC packing event will be August 18, 2018, 4:30-6:30 pm. Read more and register to participate with Debbie Doran.
Oasis for Orphans operates Care Centers in Southwest Kenya to care for and educate rescued orphaned children. The centers are broken down into family units, each with a house parent, to offer a place of safety, security, and opportunity for development while addressing the physical and medical needs of children living on-site, within guardian homes, and in the community.
The Oasis currently houses and educates 150 children and the organization has a short-term goal of doubling their numbers as quickly as possible. Their long-term goal is to expand to four sites enabling them to help 1,200 orphans by 2021.
If you’re looking for other ways to help, or just want to know more about Oasis for Orphans, please visit their website.
There are several ongoing projects and one big event:
There is an African proverb that says, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” That’s where we can make a difference in the lives of these orphans. Together, we are God’s love in action!