He Had Other Plans

30 Jun

Blog post by Mark M., Team India 2012

It started for me in December of 1996. As my sister and I watched a news program about the orphan crisis in Romania, I felt God tugging at my heart. By September 1997, I had contacted a missions’ agency, raised support, and was in Romania working at an orphanage and also at a local school coaching boys and girls and basketball. After my first year in Romania, I prayed that God would allow me to stay another, but He had other plans. God sent me to Seminary in Jackson, MS. There, while taking classes, I worked in the inner-city of Jackson with the impoverished children and teens there. Again, upon graduating Seminary, I asked the Lord to let me stay. Again, He had other plans.

I would get married shortly after leaving seminary, and my wife and I would end up fostering 27 children. Today, my own son is 14, and I would like him to see what the life of an orphan is like. I want his heart to break for their condition, to see how blessed he is to have a family, and to live in America.

I am excited about what God has in store.

 Mark resides in Pennsylvania and will be serving with Journey117 in July on Team India. 


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