Welcome to my favorite mission: Project Rescue of Amazon Youth
When I was a kid, my Dad would send small checks to any missionary who asked for money. I remember watching him write checks on Saturday mornings. I thought it was a little eccentric. I didn’t get it.
Boy, do I get it now!
In 1998, my eyes were opened by my month-long trip to Brazil through Rotary International, where I saw incredible need in a developing country. Later, I returned to Brazil several times to a children’s shelter created by a dear friend. Since then, I’ve tried to help the shelter; a few years ago, we raised the money to build a medical clinic there. What a difference the two facilities are making in the community!
It’s called Project Rescue of Amazon Youth – PRAY. It’s located in Jacundá, in the northern state of Pará, Brazil, on the fringe of the Amazon territory. Today, PRAY shelters some 25 street children, orphans and abandoned children, while the medical clinic cares for them and the surrounding neighborhoods.
I tell you all this because it has relevance to Viktor Frankl. For one thing, I happened to read his Man’s Search for Meaning while visiting the PRAY mission. For another thing, caring for others, such as the world’s street children, is all about finding a very special meaning in your life.
PRAY is run on a shoestring, mostly funded by the people of northeastern Kansas, where founder Sally Savery is from. Every dollar is spent on caring for the children. It is religious and spiritual, but non-denominational.
Visit PRAY on the Web – www.praymission.com – or visit it in person if you like; they’re often hosting mission trips from churches, colleges and others. Health care workers are invited to make medical mission trips there.
I’ve always been wary of sending my money to strangers. I promise you this is for real. These are honest, loving, giving people born and bred in the heartland of America – good, old Wamego, Kan. They’re a 501c(3), so it’s completely tax deductible. This is on the up-and-up. You have my word on it. And you know where to find me.
I invite you to reach out to PRAY or a mission like it. It’s the most meaningful thing you’ll ever do.