The Global Orphan Project powered by C3 Missions International is a global orphan ministry based in Kansas City. GO Project provides holistic care for nearly 3,500 vulnerable children in 13 countries. GO Project’s mission? “Transforming lives through global orphan care.” Interestingly, the first lives transformed in this ministry were not those of hurting children a world away, but of its founders who seemed to already have it all. Meet Mike and Beth Fox. In 1994 Beth had a brain hemorrhage with minimal chance of survival. And she survived. Her joy to live a full life each minute of each day ignited a flame in Mike. They had a beautiful home, cars and a vacation home in Florida. Those things didn’t cut it anymore. They wanted something beyond themselves. That something started in 2003 by funding a small home for 17 orphans on the Thai/Myanmar border. They started a 501(c)(3) non-profit to play a small role in the lives of children. They dreamed that one day, maybe, they could fund 10 homes or so. Their vision exploded into what is now The Global Orphan Project. GO Project plants children’s villages around the world where local churches – often by hiring widows and other leading women – care for orphaned and abandoned children in their communities. Families, schools, businesses, and churches give, go, and virally spread what has become a grassroots movement to care for orphans. They’re sponsoring children’s homes, schools, and even entire villages impacting several hundred kids – and telling others to do the same. There are many ways to get involved with The Global Orphan Project and engage. You can help build family homes for 10-12 children and a house “mamma.” You can invest in the orphan care needs that provide clean water, food, beds, school books, clothes, medicine, toilets and so much more. You can invest in economic and agricultural development ventures created to help provide self-sustainment. Or you can GO. Taking a Vision Trip to Haiti would be particularly meaningful. The ministry already had a well-established presence in Haiti before the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake. Today, Mike and Beth lead GO Project’s board and, along with other private investors, fund all of GO Project’s overhead and administrative expenses. One-hundred percent of a GO Project orphan care donation goes to orphan care. As Mike puts it, “We want to share this amazing journey and become a footnote to how this started. We fund the overhead to encourage many more to give their hearts and engage. All are welcome, whether Christians or not.”
Published August 20th, 2010 by Peter Elliott
The Global Orphan Project
Peter Elliott is a veteran news and sports journalist. He enjoys interviewing others about how God works in their lives and sharing that with readers. He is also a lifelong, long-suffering Chicago Cubs fan. He resides in Indianapolis with his wife and three sons.
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