…. building an orphanage in Mozambique one brick at a time for 48 children
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress. James 1:27
It is with great joy we can report that the Dondo Orphanage that Jesse Lee Church had committed to build was dedicated October 12, 2017.
Wayne Lavendar, Executive Director of Foundation 4 Orphans, and Rob Mayette, from Jesse Lee Church, were on site for the dedication. “Here are 23 of the first 25 orphans who will be moving into their new home early January 2018.” Taken from Wayne’s recent Facebook posting.
The Jesse Lee Outreach Commission had committed to building this orphan- age in Mozambique. Why, you ask? Well, we know that both the Old and New Testament call on us to care for widows and orphans, the vulnerable in socie- ty. We are part of the world community. 400 children die every 20 minutes from lack of basic necessities like food, water and shelter. To put that in perspective, that is like the loss of life from one fully loaded 747 crashing every 20 minutes.
Can Jesse Lee save the world? No, but we are doing our part. Upon completion the orphanage will house 48 children who currently live on the streets because both parents and their adult relatives are dead. This orphanage is close to the local United Methodist Church, public schools and health care facilities.
Thank you for your generosity.
Rev. Dr. Wayne Lavender, who grew up in Jesse Lee Church, is CEO of F4O, Foundation for Orphans. His organization is overseeing this project. He will be present at Jesse Lee in December to personally give us a report. Watch the church bulle- tin for details. - Carole Stathis
If you are interested in helping, donations may be left in the offering plate any Sunday.
(*Make checks payable to Jesse Lee Church, “Dondo project” written on the memo line.)We can’t save them all, but we start by helping 48 at a time!