Thursday, November 3, 2016

We've changed our name!!!

BIG NEWS - we've changed our name!!!
Hop on over to our brand new website and watch our new video to find out exactly why we've changed it.

Rather than update this blog, our new website has our new blog right there on the site. You can find it by going directly to:

We will keep this blog live for folks who want to come and read older posts but we're starting fresh with a new website, new blog and a new name!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Introducing Project G.P.S.

Introducing Project G.P.S.

Our big news for October is that we are finally launching our new missionary care program, called Project G.P.S. This effort has been in the works all summer and we are thrilled that the time has arrived! In fact, the very first Project GPS parties are happening this week! We couldn't be more excited about this program and as you'll see from the testimonials below, our missionary partners are pretty excited about it too.

Click here or on the image below to watch our brand new video and learn all about how our ministry comes alongside our partner ministries and what Project G.P.S. means to those serving overseas.

These days, VO is becoming about so much more than sending short-term mission teams. Sure, that’s a big part of what we do and we will always send teams to the mission field — but it’s not all we do. At our core, we are about coming alongside long term ministry and missionary efforts. Our job is to hold up their arms and to support them. Project GPS is just one way for us to do that.

So what is Project G.P.S.?
G.P.S. stands for Gathering. Packing. Supporting. It’s a unique way for “senders” and “goers” to work in partnership and it’s simple! People at home sign up to host Project GPS parties and are matched with a VO approved missionary or missionary family. Missionaries provide “wish lists” of the things they need for themselves, their children, and their ministry; these are items that cannot be obtained or are cost prohibitive on the mission field. GPS party attendees shop for wish list items ahead of time then come together to pack a crate, create cards and letters of encouragement, and to pray for the missionary family they’ve been assigned. A traveling VO team member will carry over and deliver the crate on an upcoming trip.

How can YOU get involved?
One of the biggest ways you can get involved is by becoming a monthly supporter. Project G.P.S is just one of many things you'll be supporting when you give to Visiting Orphans. Monthly support currently makes up 10% of our operating budget and truly helps us be able to put the words GO BE LOVE into action around the world. And if you happen to become a monthly supporter before December 10th, you'll get 5 bonus entries into the Mission Trip Giveaway! Another way you can get involved is by hosting a Project G.P.S. Party in your area. To get started on planning your GPS Party, email us at

What missionaries are saying about Project GPS:

“This has to be one of the most thoughtful gestures we’ve ever heard of! THANK YOU for such a thoughtful and generous offer! We would be delighted and honored to be one of your first GPS families! I already have all sorts of things running through my head that would be fun/a blessing to have gathered and packed for us! “
— Tamara Boone, Equip Uganda

"Encouraging long term missionaries helps them to be able to encourage and build up the local people.It’s a neat illustration of the Body of Christ at work. Long term mission work may look glamorous from afar, but the day to day realities we face often leave us tired and discouraged at times. It’s not an easy life by any means! So, I’m very grateful to anyone who wants to provide encouragement in any way and free luggage space is something most missionaries long for!"
— Courtney Wolf, Amazima Ministries

“There is nothing on this list that we cannot live without. But if someone is willing to bring a blessing into our lives, we would be ever so thankful. If I was going to prioritize anything, our kids are surely first for us. They sacrifice so much that they are not even aware of. Christmas, according to my former life, is less commercial but also harder as parents while serving abroad.”
— Chad Neely, Acacia International School


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Meet the 2015 Mission Trip Giveaway Winner, Angela Amick

Our family adopted our first daughter in June of 2015 from China. My husband, Jeremy, and I (Angela) knew from the beginning of our marriage that we felt called to adopt. However, the Lord led us on many journeys before adoption. We fostered, gave birth to our three biological sons, and then we began the international adoption process in 2010, almost eleven years into our marriage. 

Our hearts were set on China from the beginning, but due to a cancer history, doors closed for us to choose China, so we prayed and felt drawn to Africa. Through that process, we began networking, researching and began an adoption and orphan care ministry at our local church. Jeremy travelled to Africa, we developed lifelong friends there. We completed our paperwork and got on a wait list, open to bringing home two girls. 

After waiting four years and no adopted children yet home, we began asking some questions and our hearts wrestled. What was God’s plan for us? Our adoption agency laid out the choices if we changed direction. And, China was again on the table if we were open to a child with special needs. We prayed more and through a series of events throughout our lives, we both desired to adopt a child specifically with the need of Down Syndrome. 

Two weeks later, I read a blog of a friend of a friend on Facebook. “A Family for Lee Lee” was the title….first my heart and then Jeremy’s as well, was captured and captivated by this child and her story. We asked questions, prayed, cried, wondered, dreamed…could she be our daughter? Within a few weeks time and after witnessing several miracles, it was evident that she was indeed our daughter we had longed and prayed for all those years. 

Lee Lee pictured with team leader Lori McMurphy in 2014
A Visiting Orphans team had visited Lee Lee’s orphanage in the summer of 2014. It had been several years since a team had visited that orphanage. Relationships were made, children were loved, nannies were encouraged. The team asked about Lee Lee, could she be adopted and the orphanage staff said she did not have paperwork ready for adoption but, “if you will find her a family, we will make her a file.” And, so they found her a family through advocating for her, sharing her story, and praying diligently. 

Our family has been blessed beyond measure by the obedience of that team to Go Be Love in China. Lee Lee may not yet have a family if it were not for these ordinary people that took on an extraordinary challenge to Go Be Love in another land. On our adoption trip in the summer of 2015, we enjoyed our time in China, but my heart broke as we boarded the plane to return to the USA. I was ready to sleep in my own bed, eat American food, enjoy the comforts of home, but part of my heart was being left in China. What about the other children in the orphanage, the nannies and other staff? I knew then I not only wanted to go back…Some day, I had to go back. 

In the fall of 2015, a friend shared with me that Visiting Orphans was giving away a free mission trip! I was excited to see this opportunity and decided to enter the contest, only by the easier ways, sharing on Facebook, giving a donation,etc. But the trip deposit payment had the most entries and the deadline was coming soon. I felt drawn to commit, to say I would go even if I didn’t win. I talked to my husband and he was in agreement, as I had wanted to go on a mission trip for a long time anyway. But, then the fears crept in, doubts reared up, procrastination set in. I waited till the last night of the giveaway and after the house was quiet, I sat down to talk to God one more time about this trip giveaway. The what if’s came out: what if it was hard for my family to leave them for two weeks, what if we don’t have the rest of the money right now, what if it’s not going to be easy….I rationalized, debated, fretted, and finally, I felt I would have no peace until I said yes and hit send on that computer screen. With three minutes to spare, I hit the button to confirm my entry and the trip deposit was paid.

A few days later, the drawing happened. I remember thinking about it that day, wondering, hoping. And that night, I got one of the best phone calls ever: I won the trip giveaway! And, the entry that was drawn in the drawing was from the trip deposit payment! I had almost missed this opportunity by three more minutes.

Because of this mission trip giveaway, I was able to join one of the Visiting Orphans China teams in July 2016 to return to the same orphanage our daughter was adopted from just a year before. To go back there to those that knew and cared for our sweet “Lee Lee,” who was now known as Lia, was one of the biggest blessings and amazing gifts I’ve ever received. “Going" got me out of my comfort zone, opening my eyes and ears to see and hear what God wanted for me. “Being” gave me a front row seat to the needs of others and what God is doing globally, to be present with the orphan and those that care for them. And “loving” helped me to get a clearer picture of what it means to be Jesus with skin on, the reality that we are the only Jesus some will ever see. This trip was life-changing for me. 

Angela with the 2016 China team on the trip she won!
While I was away in China this summer on this 2 week trip, God revealed to my husband in my absence that our family has been called to adopt again from China. I had felt this same call for some time, but we both needed to be on the same page and unified in this decision. 

So, my last minute surrender to hit “send” on that trip deposit for the contest???? It has even further reaching implications than I’d ever imagined. 

We hope to have our new son home in the Spring of 2017. We still won’t have all the answers and fears and doubts are sure to creep up again, but we have determined to remember, that He who called us is faithful, and He will do it. (1 Thes. 5:24)

We're giving away another mission trip this year too! Find out how you can win at:

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Meet McKensey

McKensey joined the Visiting Orphans staff in February of 2016 as our Accounting Specialist and we are thrilled to have her. Here's a bit about the newest addition to our staff family. 

God began to weave missions into the heart of McKensey’s life story in high school with her first trip outside the US. On a medical mission trip to Guyana, South America she met a young boy caring for his two younger sisters -children caring for children, helpless, alone and, afraid. This was the beginning of her seeing those in need with new eyes. In her college years, McKensey spent six weeks in Uganda one summer -worshipping in mud huts, seeing children carry jugs of water on their heads, realizing how often we take the blessing we have in this country for granted. After graduating, McKensey spent three years in Uganda this time as a member of the mission team -using her degree in business to grow a faith based nonprofit, working alongside Ugandans at The Source, a cafĂ© and resource center serving the community. In her free time, she volunteered at a local orphanage-holding babies whose lives were so full of hope yet mixed with despair, realizing not all children begin with a mother and father who are elated at their arrival, contemplating how to bring hope to a broken world.

The story continued to unfold as God brought McKensey back to the US to serve for eight years as the Director of Finance for Show Hope. Here she used her gifts of administration, detail, and organization to advance the Kingdom. She had the opportunity to lead several mission teams to China and forever changed the lives of children with special needs who long to know the love of a family.

McKensey is excited and grateful to be serving alongside Visiting Orphans as they carry out their mission to Go Be Love to the people of this world. Isaiah 61 reads, “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.” This verse embodies McKensey’s heart as she desires to serve the Lord with her life by sowing seeds of light and love, healing and hope.

McKensey has called Nashville, Tennessee home since 2007 and is blessed to share life with good friends and a wonderful family. She likes traveling, laughing, and being outdoors. In her spare time she enjoys offering color analysis sessions, watching Hallmark movies, talking about alternative healthcare and spending time with her awesome niece and nephew.