Mercy Touch Mission International is a Christian organization working in partnership with churches, other Christian organizations, and individuals, to provide spiritual and physical help to the needy. The organization recruits, trains, and sends missionaries and volunteers into areas of need for the purpose of promoting the Gospel of the Lord Jesus worldwide.
Rising to the Challenge of HIV/AIDS and Orphans in Zambia
Zambia, in southern Africa, is one of several countries that has been devastated by HIV/AIDS, poverty, and other diseases. Estimates show that the country has nearly one million orphans and street children. As a result, many children without parents or family have been left to fend for themselves. Wide-spread poverty and weakened social conditions further hinder any significant progress that existing family networks in Zambia can make in caring for orphans and vulnerable children.
The name "Mercy Touch Mission" speaks to touching the needy and vulnerable with mercy. Their purpose is to touch families in need and impact their community, one child at a time. By appropriate strategies and care, they hope to lessen the suffering that children experience as they deal with loss of parents or extended family members.
Basic education, family counseling, children's homes, a feeding program, micro-loans for business start-ups, a sustainable farm for food-production, and home-based sponsorship, are some of the means through which Mercy Touch improves the lives of orphans and families at risk.