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Hello friends, and brothers and sisters in Christ. We are excited to share with you God's new assignment for our lives.  He has called us to serve as volunteers with Watoto Child Care Ministries in Uganda.  We are traveling to Uganda to minister to orphan children during a four-month period beginning in July 2019.

For those of you unfamiliar with Watoto Ministries, and who haven't heard our stories yet, we were introduced to Watoto in April 2018. We had the extraordinary blessing to serve as a host family for children from Watoto Children's Choir #91 that toured the Midwest states.  We were overwhelmed by their genuine love for Jesus and their sincerity as messengers of the Gospel.

We have become passionate about Watoto, whose mission is to rescue and raise these beautiful orphan children to be the future Christian leaders of Uganda.  Watoto does this by providing healing and hope through home-based Christian communities for these children. Many of them are without parents because of the ravages of disease, poverty, war, or abandonment.  Most of the children have been rescued at an early age, even as babies abandoned at birth or toddlers left in ditches. 

The children are cared for in villages, where they live in group homes with a housemother who is usually a widow.  Each village has a school, health clinic, and church to provide for the educational, medical, and spiritual needs of each child.  In addition, Watoto further reaches out to vulnerable and hurting women and their children in surrounding neighborhoods by providing food, education, vocational training, medical care, and a spiritual foundation.

During our time in Uganda, we are volunteering to work with the children and "mums" on Christian discipleship and mentoring programs, leadership training, and personal life skills.  The desire of our heart is to share the Word of God and the compassion of Christ with these precious boys and girls and women--to encourage them and help them discover their unique dignity and purpose as children of God.

We are seeking support to cover some of the costs of this extended trip.  Expenses include lodging, meals, international airfare, local transportation, multiple vaccinations, and travel health insurance.  It would be a tremendous blessing if you are able to partner with us in this amazing opportunity.  Watoto says it well:  "We are a family of people from all over the world who are working together to ensure that the forgotten have a place to belong."

If you would prefer to support us by mailing us a check, you can do so by sending it to us at this address:
Joe and Wendy Ortwerth
1018 Treeshade Dr.
St. Peters, MO  63376

You can learn more about Watoto by visiting their website at www.watoto.com

You can watch these videos to understand more about the child-saving ministry of Watoto at

Watoto Documentary

Baby Watoto

Watoto Village

You can watch a music video with children from a Watoto Children's Choir at Watoto Video

Thank you and God bless you,

Joe and Wendy Ortwerth

Patricia S Roberts

2019-08-14 22:10:01

Joe and Wendy, I so admire your integrity and your determination to make a difference. Go fulfill what God has put in your heart to do!

Patricia S Roberts

2019-07-14 22:10:01

Joe and Wendy, I so admire your integrity and your determination to make a difference. Go fulfill what God has put in your heart to do!

Patricia S Roberts

2019-06-14 22:06:33

Joe and Wendy, I so admire your integrity and your determination to make a difference. Go fulfill what God has put in your heart to do!

catherine hanaway

2019-06-04 15:32:54

Godspeed Joe and Wendy!

Susan Ebert

2019-05-31 17:28:26

You have been such a blessing to the people of Missouri! God go with you on this new adventure and safe travels. Matthew 18: 19-20 Dan & Sue Ebert

ARIC SCHREINER

2019-05-28 15:24:50

May the Lord bless you abundantly in your work raising up disciples and sharing His love in Uganda.

TERRY S BOUL

2019-05-19 13:06:50

This is such an exciting time for you both. Many blessings to you as you minister God's love to the Watoto children and families. Can't wait to hear all about your trip and experiences when you return. Much love!! Mike and Terry B

Mickey Schoonover

2019-05-06 17:05:39

'"God bless you on this new journey in life. I know you will be a blessing to so many others. I'm praying that your journey and stay are safe and impactful."

Jennae Neustadt

2019-05-01 17:52:47

"I am very excited for your upcoming trip and the great work the Lord has called you both to do. I wish you both a safe trip that is fulfilling and full of many touching memories."

J B Melton

2019-04-29 17:52:32

It's a joy to support Joe & Wendy in their new ministry for our Savior. Blessings on them and those who will be blessed by their committed service.

Lori Adkins

2019-04-25 17:47:42

"Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God." Colossians 3:16

Michael Hunn

2019-04-19 16:58:13

Blessings on your mission!

Dianne Burkemper

2019-04-13 15:28:57

Thanks for sharing Jesus! Prayers for you two.

Dan and Denise Davidson

2019-04-13 14:53:32

The trip you are planning to Uganda sounds wonderful! It sounds like there are real needs there, and a great opportunity to serve. We love you!

Sam and Marlyn Upton

2019-04-08 18:45:33

Praying the Lord will bless you, protect you, and use you in a mighty way as you serve him in Uganda.

Dick and Elaine Rufkahr

2019-04-03 16:34:38

Godspeed in your new journey. We know that God will look after the both of you. Your calling from God is a great adventure!

Denise and Gary Rager

2019-04-03 16:32:39

We know this is near and dear to your hearts, so we wish you a safe trip and pray that everything goes well.

Mark and Joy Willis

2019-04-01 22:18:56

We are so excited to see the amazing opportunity the Lord has given you. We pray God's richest blessings and that doors will continue to open to share the love of Jesus!

Steve and Debbie Salvo

2019-04-01 22:15:05

How exciting for you both! We will be thinking and praying for your health and safety during your trip.

Craig and Donna Cottet

2019-04-01 22:12:28

We are so thankful for your kindness, your obedience to the Uganda call, your love, and Godly example!

Lisa Baue

2019-03-31 20:54:56

Best wishes on your trip, Joe and Wendy. God bless you for all you do!

Kathy and Jeff Landis

2019-03-27 17:44:31

Thank you for being leaders to help our friendships grow to all nations. May you guide and help Ugandan women and children to bloom in their home land and beyond.

Pat and Neva Rankin

2019-03-26 19:26:45

"Let Him have all your worries and cares, for He is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you." 1 Peter 5:7

Bettie Yahn-Kramer

2019-03-22 09:34:25

"No eye has seen nor ear heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him." 1 Corinthians 2:9

Janet Brown

2019-03-20 19:22:33

Given in the names of our grandchildren Kiara, Karlee, Drew, Nolen and Grant. God be with you in this incredible adventure Joe and Wendy.

Earnest and Elise Robinson

2019-03-17 20:07:22

"Don't you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can't you see that His kindness is intended to turn you away from your sin?" Romans 2:4

John Laurent

2019-03-16 18:44:06

Joe & Wendy, Thank you for your amazing faithfulness, humility, and servitude. You will be in our prayers. Godspeed and God Bless, John & Stacey

Kara Reynolds

2019-03-15 16:52:50

God Bless Joe and Wendy!

michael j torrente

2019-03-14 00:59:39

God Bless You

Wendell and Phyllis Sconce

2019-03-03 16:01:48

"Let us not become weary in doing good for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." Galatians 6:9

Anonymous

2019-03-03 14:27:35

"For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16

Update #1
May 29, 2019, 7:10 pm

We are so grateful for the extraordinary support we have received that has enabled us to reach our goal so quickly.  We thank God for the remarkable generosity of family, friends, and others who share the excitement we have about the vision of Watoto.  The extent of the sacrificial gifts we have received has reinforced our belief that God is calling us to dedicate this season of our lives to this ministry.

Any gifts we receive above our established goal will be used for us to return to Uganda in 2020.  We are hopeful that God will open the doors for us to work as volunteers in service to the children of Watoto on an extended basis.

Please continue to pray for us as we prepare for our departure.  There are several details yet to be worked through, but God is ordering our steps.  We are so grateful for your kindness and encouragement.

Joe and Wendy Ortwerth

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