Open Teams 2017

Ever stepped outside of your comfort zone and really listened to God’s call on your life? Maybe this year God is calling you to help transform the lives of those living in extreme poverty in Mexico, Kenya, or Cuba. Warning: with God’s guiding hand you may just undergo a transformation of your own. Anyone with a desire to bring the love of Christ to the forgotten corners of the world is invited to join one of our open teams. Strike out on your own or grab a spouse or friend to go with you. Transformation is waiting. Here is a list of our 2017 open teams…


Sponsorship Receives $40,000 Matching Grant

A donor has generously provided a matching grant of $40,000 toward every new child sponsor in 2016. This means that when a child sponsor comes on board it’s as though they’re sponsoring two children, not just one. Child sponsors help provide nutritious meals, safe drinking water, healthcare, education and spiritual care. They can also have […]


Let’s break the cycle of poverty in Kenya

How do you break the cycle of poverty in Kenya? In Nairobi alone, approximately 2.5 million people live in slums, including Africa’s largest, Kibera. It is extreme, material poverty that keeps millions in Kenya from reaching their full, God-given potential. Just 45 minutes northwest of Nairobi is Kijabe – home to the Mama Beth Children’s […]


God’s Love for Maria

I remember seeing Don Rodriguez walking little Maria Del Carmen to school in the dump. He cared for her like a daughter even though they were unrelated and he looked more like her grandfather.


Beauty from Ashes – Iliana’s Story

Gloria introduced Iliana to Forward Edge International’s President Joe Anfuso and Gary Eckelman, a Portland architect that Joe had invited to join him on the trip to Nicaragua. It was Gary’s first visit to the Managua city dump, Iliana’s home. As Gloria spoke with Iliana, Gary couldn’t help but notice this skinny but beautiful 14-year-old’s […]