The Franz family’s partnership began after a vision trip when they felt God calling them to support one community of vulnerable children. Today they invest in seven communities, serving 446 children. Additionally, Kevin’s business donates printing services to ORPHANetwork.
“Being personally involved with ORPHANetwork strengthens my faith and grounds me. I have used trips to Nicaragua to help expose my sons to the great need and as a witnessing tool for my friends and employees.”
– Kevin Franz, President, Envision3
“Our entire family has grown as a result of our involvement with ORPHANetwork. The trip to Nicaragua really opened our eyes to the needs we might be able to help meet. As a result, our commitment to the communities and families we serve there has become our family’s mission. We speak often to friends and colleagues of our experience and the joy it has brought to us.” – John Chapman, CEO, Clearwater Capital Partners
Hamilton Smith decided to visit Nicaragua through the encouragement of one of his parishioners. As Smith launched St. Thomas’ Anglican Church, he wanted his parish to be involved in engaging lives locally and globally.
St. Thomas’ Anglican connected through video correspondence with a Local Church Initiative in Nicaragua. The two churches formed an instant bond and began praying for each other. Within a few months Pastor Hamilton greeted the Local Church Initiative’s Pastor, Jose, in Nicaragua. For the next few days members from the South Carolina church and the Rivas church worshipped and served together, building the kingdom. “We learned so much from our friends in Nicaragua,” shared Smith. “This trip only solidified our desire to be part of what God is doing beyond the four walls of our church and especially in Nicaragua.”
SMART Missions® views poverty alleviation as providing a hand-up to the materially poor rather than a hand-out. It is a strategic transformation of global missions and serving, accomplishing the following for Nicaraguan community partnerships.