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We are the Van Denend family—Mark + Sarah, Isaiah, Josiah, Levi, Caleb and Aaron. There's a lot of us, but we're just like everyone else. We're normal people learning to follow Jesus where ever He leads us, and learning to love others as He loves us. After years of living the American dream, we packed up our little tribe in pursuit of something else: to see God's love in action transforming the world.

We desire to see people experience help and healing in the love of Jesus, empowering them to transform their lives, their families, and their communities. And we firmly believe that can only happen through love. But love looks like something—it's visible, it's tangible, more than mere sentiment.  For us, love looks like:

  • Food for the hungry
  • Shelter for the homeless
  • Families for the orphaned
  • Healing for the sick
  • Freedom for the oppressed
  • The good news of God's love and forgiveness being proclaimed to all who will hear it!
We have followed God’s heart to a number of developing countries, most recently to Mozambique and Haiti, where our hearts have been broken for the poor. We have witnessed how poverty and injustice conspire to destroy marriages and families, fracturing the very foundation of societies.

Our mission is to reverse this trend one person, one marriage, and one family at a time. Our passion is to empower, encourage, and equip men and women to be the husbands, wives and parents that God desires them to be through friendships, natural mentoring, and discipleship. Our dream is the restoration of marriages and families so that nations will be changed, and for every child-slave in Haiti to be set free.

Blessings from the Van Denend clan!


What you can do

We are so thankful for the love, encouragement, prayers and support of God's people - His church.  We could never accomplish His purposes without it! 

Pray for the Van Denend family

Please pray for us as we minister, both in the U.S. and throughout the developing world.  Pray for wisdom, humility, provision, discernment, partnerships, protection and joy. In the face of extreme poverty and desperation, the joy of the Lord is our strength!

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