Feeding the Multitudes — Multiplying the Dream

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Feeding the Multitudes — Multiplying the Dream

“Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” James 1:27 (NASB)

It began innocently enough as she accompanied her fellow church members on a short-term mission trip to Ukraine. She read hunger, loneliness, and desperation in the eyes of those she met. The eyes of the children haunted her the most, boring into her spirit for weeks, even months, after her return home. The seed, the desire to help one in a significant way, germinated deep within her, growing and flowering until it could not be ignored. Soon her husband and daughter saw the effects of this seed on her life. And they began to hear and accept God’s call on their family.

Holland, Michigan native Kim de Blecourt recounted her harrowing journey through the streets of Ukraine to rescue, protect, and eventually adopt the boy she now calls her son in her book Until We All Come Home. Though she saw so many needy children and possessed an overwhelming desire to shower them all with the affection they so desperately craved, “I knew I could help only one.” But the story didn’t end there.

About a year after returning to the States with her now family of four, Kim began touring with Gary VanDyke, CEO and Founder of Food for Orphans.

Established as a non-profit organization in 1999 and based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Food for Orphans partners with such well-known organizations as Vision Trust, Focus on the Family, and Youth with a Mission (YWAM) to distribute food and necessary supplies to orphans in South America, Africa, Central America, Asia, the Caribbean, and the USA. It was Kim’s personal story that captivated her listeners. Her conviction to live out James 1:27 gave a face and a voice to the needs of orphans the world over. “We, who have so much,” Kim said, “need to reach out to the orphans of this world and show them the care, hope, and love they deserve.”

The organization finds it difficult to harness the ever-growing need, as about 44,000 new orphans are added to the worldwide count of 147 million on a daily basis. Yet Kim’s personal vision for orphans aligns perfectly with the mission of Food for Orphans, whose goal is to assure that every orphan receives at least one nutritious meal per day. It is for this reason that Kim decided to formally join the Food for Orphans team as the Manager of their newest area of focus, Life Changing Mission Trips.

This unique opportunity affords Kim the blessing of working from her Michigan home while still pursuing her dream to “help only one” – though the Lord has now provided a path for her to help only one more and then another one more and then another.

The organization sees that proper nutrition eases the aches in the bellies of the orphans, improves their immune systems, helps them fight off diseases, and aids their focus in school.

The organization is currently planning a premier short-term mission trip September 17 through 25, where they will be leading a small team in feeding and interacting with the children and peoples of Peru. Another trip is being planned for October to the Dominican Republic, with a November trip anticipated in Sierra Leon/Togo. With a simple request via e-mail to Kim@FoodForOrphans.org, this branch of ministry will further have the ability to personalize trips for groups as small as ten mission-minded travelers who desire to feed and aid needy children throughout the world.

Food for Orphans will take care of all the details, including:

  • Coordinate all the arrangements
  • Book all flights
  • Provide all housing
  • Provide in-country transportation and driver(s)
  • Provide a translator
  • Provide all meals and bottled water
  • Provide an Escort and Host
  • Provide Travel Insurance

Food for Orphans strives to use nearly every penny to provide food for the children in need:

The cost of feeding an orphan varies from country to country. On average, it costs about $15 a month. However, with the on-going food packing events as scheduled through www.FoodPackingEvents.com, Food for Orphans can provide one meal to an orphan for as little as 25¢. A $92 donation can provide a meal to an orphan every day for an entire year.

One of the other projects Kim is working on in her new capacity is to secure dental supplies for children. Specifically, the organization has a need for small dental instructional booklets in Spanish, fluoride treatments, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and dental floss, and plaque disclosing tablets.

Any donations, whether monetary, supplies or trip expenses incurred through this organization is tax deductible.

Of the many things Kim has learned over this most recent chapter of her life, she says that the greatest lesson for her has been the awareness and acknowledgement of God’s provision. She has learned to say “yes” when she receives God’s prompting on her life, which she always confirms with time in the Word and with prayer.

“There is no other logical explanation for how things ultimately worked out except by God’s hand,” Kim says. For only God could have woven the circumstances of Kim’s life in such as way as to prepare her for service with Food for Orphans. Only He knows what will come next. She waits, with a ready “yes” on her lips.

What might He do in our lives? Perhaps He is just waiting on us to get to “yes.”

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