Empowering Families Through Mercy Work

Empowerment of the most vulnerable in society, particularly helping orphans, widows and the elderly. The Martells work to strengthen families through food, medical, education and housing support. All mercy work is done through the lens of sharing Jesus Christ with the family and neighboring community.

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Help Feed the Children

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat…”

Matthew 25:35

We have developed a program to help feed hundreds of the poorest of the poor. These are students at an urban slum school in Addis Ababa. Many are orphans, or children of a single parent. Learn more about the school here, and see a photo gallery here. We all can help feed these children by agreeing to feed one child daily, for only $1 a day, $30 a month.

“The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.”

Proverbs 22:9

Please help feed these children

You may do so by the link below for our missionary agency, New International. On your donation, please add “feeding the children” on the memo line. You will receive a picture of the child you are feeding, with their name, age and any other information we can find.

Summer 2021 Mission Trip to Ethiopia

Support Needed=$12,000

  • WHEN: July-August 2021. (If Covid-19 is reduced, allowing for safe travels; we ask this virus be abolished in the name of Jesus!)
  • WHERE: Addis Ababa and adjacent provinces.
  • GOAL: Counseling and supporting orphans, single parents, and struggling families. Focus is on supporting current “empowerment centers.” At the same time, we’ll see where God leads as far as adding new families.
  • GOAL: Counseling and teaching at Vision School, an urban slum school in Addis Ababa. Investigate most critical needs. Gallery.
  • GOAL: Primary mission trip focus: helping to develop the food program.
  • SUPPORT NEED: $12,000. Transportation (flight and car rental), $2,000. School support–food and teacher aids, $10,000. More details can be found here.

It’s been a tough year for all

That includes students at Vision School in Addis Ababa. The faith-based school selects students from the poorest of the poor from the neighboring urban slum. They feed the brain with the best education possible. And they feed the body, keeping the students healthy.

Then came the Covid virus. Numbers have become meaningless in really showing the devastation to families throughout the world. Ethiopia has had 151,000 cases with 2,259 deaths as of mid-February. A new variant from South Africa threatens to escalate this situation.

Then came the civil war. Fighting began in November 2020 between the government and the Tigray regional government and troops. Over a million people have been displaced because of the fighting.

Meanwhile, Vision School shut down because of the virus. These children have no computers or internet, of course. But Vision School maintained the food program, feeding the children to keep them alive. The school is awaiting permission to re-open along with all other schools.

Our 2020 Mission Trip was canceled by the virus and warfare, and we’ve scaled down our plan for 2021. We’ll investigate their most critical needs and raise funds specifically for the food program. Please read more about the school. Pray over serving children through this amazing school.

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

James 1:27 NIV

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