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Thursday, 14 March 2013 15:30

Orphanage mission calls Mooresville family to Kenya

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A Mooresville family will move to Kenya to oversee the development of the Huntersville-based African Children’s Project’s property and establish an orphan care ministry. Jason and Amy Yon and their two children are scheduled to relocate in August.

 The African Children’s Project (ACP) is a 501(c)(3) organization operated 100 percent by volunteers to provide long-term, sustainable solutions for children orphaned by the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa by constructing community-based, family-style homes for these children.

“In cooperation with our Kenyan partners, the Yons will supervise construction of our first community-based home for orphans while mentoring foster parents to care for the children’s physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs,” says ACP Executive Director Melanie Freshour.

 Jason Yon is currently director of children’s ministries at Grace Covenant Church in Cornelius. “My wife, Amy, and I have known for many years that overseas missions would be part of our story,” he says. “When the ACP board realized their need for the right people on the ground to direct this project to completion, we began praying about whether or not we were those people.”

 Now certain that this is the next chapter in their story, Yon is preparing to relocate his family 7,800 miles away to the rural town of Embu, about 75 miles northeast of Nairobi. “We believe creating families for children orphaned by HIV/AIDS and providing compassionate, holistic care will enable them to regain a sense of belonging, value and purpose in Christ,” says Jason Yon.

 The family is raising funds to assist with their relocation as well as their monthly financial needs while living in Embu. To donate or for more information, visit the Yons’ blog at http://yonfamily.net/ or contact Yon at 704-591-0774.

 For more information about the African Children’s Project, visit www.africanchildrensproject.org.

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