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.

Unexpected Blessings

Hey, friends, we love and miss you!

It’s been a tough couple of years for all of us. We know the “world” will continue to be challenging. In retrospect, worldly trials and tribulations are nothing new, though at the time they may appear overwhelming. But Gigi and I pray that all of you are prevailing and thriving in new ways as we all adapt to circumstances. Perhaps we question God during our trials, but this usually compels us to communicate more with our Creator and grow into a closer, loving relationship. Unexpected blessings often come in challenging times. Focus on your blessings. Let’s praise and celebrate together! 

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 $2 a day or $60 per 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.

Students at Vision School will always welcome you into their classroom–usually with a song in their hearts!

Newsletter Report, Summer 2022

Money for student’s food is dramatic need

Desperately Hungry

The children at our primary partner, Vision School, struggled to have sufficient food to stay healthy during the pandemic. 

The school kept their food program alive during the pandemic, even with the school officially closed. Students slipped into the school to receive one small meal a day—a piece of bread and tea. (To them, a blessing!) Previously, during pre-pandemic days, students had received breakfast, snack and a lunch, which often included a vegetable and soup …Gigi spent a month this summer tending to our empowerment families and spending time with the students at Vision School.  (Continued here, with further updates from Ethiopia and Vietnam).

Please help feed these children

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

Gallery: Empowering Families

This website helps fund our Christian Mercy Ministry. Our passion is empowering people to improve themselves–in business, health, education. Please check out our blogs and galleries about our partners.