|Teens Skype AIDS Orphans|
Every 14 seconds, a child is orphaned by AIDS in Africa. Zoe Ministry is dedicated to empowering these children with the skills they need to become self-reliant. Lilla Marigza shows us how technology is helping to share success stories.
(Locator: Wilmington, North Carolina)
Teenagers in the southern United States are making friends in Maua, Kenya via Skype.
(Teen on computer chat) “What do you sell?’
Jacob Hill, Teenager: “What do I think about the Skyping with an orphan? It’s a really cool experience. Kind of like pen pals, but to another level.”
In 2009, one hundred youth from United Methodist churches in North Carolina raised over 30,000 dollars to support ZOE Ministry, a program that empowers AIDS orphans in Africa. Zoe teaches youngsters to grow their own food and to start small businesses.
Sixteen-year-old Adrian McKeown collected money because she was inspired by Caroline. Caroline’s father died when she was in her teens, and her mother became sick. Through ZOE Ministry, Caroline learned to raise chickens and started a small business to support her four siblings.
Adrian McKeown, Wesley Memorial UMC: “She’s paying her mother’s medical bills, which is incredible. I think it's so awesome that someone can be so strong when you’ve gone through so much.”
Tonight, Adrian and Caroline are meeting for the first time. It’s morning in Kenya, but midnight in America.
Adrian on Skype: “What am I doing right now? We’re having kind of like a gathering, I guess. A lock in, where we’re all staying overnight.”
Adrian McKeown: “I know she owns a hair salon, which I think is awesome. I think it’s really cool, because you don’t think of those as the jobs people are going to pick up. You think farming or market kind of person. But I think it’s cool that she has that unique job.”
Kids in North Carolina raised funds and teens in Kenya walked 10 kilometers in an event called Hope Walk. The walkers are now self-sufficient and they march to help other orphans prosper.
The Rev. Arthur Jones, ZOE Ministry: “Long term, I see Hope Walks happening all across the United States. I see a movement of young people that is spreading not only what ZOE Ministry is doing, but really what God is doing in the hearts and the lives of these orphans. We didn’t predict that these orphans would go off and help other kids in their area. It’s what they do because they know Jesus.”
(Orphans walking, singing, carrying a banner)
For more information on the annual ZOE Ministry Hope Walk, visit the ZOE Ministry website or call 1-800-951-0234.
Posted: Nov. 30, 2010
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