Why clean water in Zambia? In 2006 I was returning home from ministering at a leadership conference in Ethiopia. During one of the long flights, I clearly heard the Father tell me to reach one million children in Sub-Saharan Africa with clean water and the gospel of Jesus Christ. This totally caught me off guard and caused me concern as to how I could possible accomplish such a huge task. Through much prayer and waiting on the Father’s leading, we have launched OneMillionChildren Inc. It is important to understand that God given visions will always be so big that you will not be able to accomplish them without Him. Remember that “without faith it is impossible to please Him…” (Hebrews 11:6) If you have a vision in your heart and mind, then wait on your heavenly Father’s leading; He will bring it to pass.
I realized that there were two important focus areas for OMC, one being the children’s physical needs and also their spiritual needs. God showed me a scripture in Psalm 65:9 which says; “the river of God is full of water…” This gave me great confidence for both focus areas. We exist to transform each child’s life. The most important part of that transformation is their eternal soul. This is what Isaiah meant in 12:3 when he wrote; “therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.” Jesus made it very clear how important sharing the gospel with children is. “Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven. For the Son of Man has come to save that which is lost.” (Matthew 18:10-11) We want to, through the word of God, help each of these children reach their God-given potential. Children always have an open door into the Father’s presence. “…Jesus said let the little children come to me and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven." This is the foundation for why OMC exists.
God also spoke to me about ministering to two of their natural needs; clean water and medical support. In 2011 6.9 million children died worldwide under the age of five years old. Of that number about half of those deaths occurred in Sub-Saharan Africa. That means that approximately 9,500 children under the age of five, die each day in Sub-Saharan Africa. About 70% of those deaths are caused by one of five main problems. They are acute respiratory infections, diarrhea, measles, malaria, and malnutrition. Most of these children could be saved by providing them with clean drinking water, low cost vaccines and antibiotics, oral rehydration therapy and bed nets to help prevent malaria. As you can see our mission is to help to meet many of these needs, especially in areas of Africa that are very remote. “When the poor and needy search for water and there is none, and their tongues are parched from thirst, then I the Lord will answer them…everyone will see this miracle and understand that it is the Lord, the Holy one of Israel, who did it.” (Isaiah 41:17, 20)
Pastor Larry Roth
Pr. Larry and Marsha are living out the vision God gave Larry to bring clean water and the gospel to one million children in sub-saharan Africa. After serving in pastoral ministry for 32 years, God has brought Larry to fulfill the role of Bible teacher and Executive Director of OMC. Marsha is using her ministry and professional experience to fill the role of administrator and treasurer of the OMC board.
Living 1/2 the year in Zambia, they oversee and participate in the operations of well repair and children's ministry. In addition, Larry works with Zambian partners and writes and teaches the curriculum in the mission school. Marsha provides support services for all OMC activities in Zambia. When living in Conway, SC, Larry and Marsha provide leadership in the administration of all OMC board functions.
Pr. Larry and Marsha have been married 44 years, have 3 children, 7 grandchildren and one great grandson. Their home church is Lifechurch in Macungie, PA and they also attend Rock Church, Conway, SC.
In her role of executive vice-president, Wendi is passionate about the sustainable discipleship model OMC is developing in Zambia.
Raised on the mission field, Wendi brings a personal sensitivity to working in different cultures and a strong desire to raise up indigenous leaders.
She holds a BS in Social Work from Messiah College. Prior to opening a home care company, Wendi held positions in both the business and social service sectors.
The Shamba, in Macungie, PA is where Wendi and Tim call home. She has 3 grown children, 5 bonus children and 5 grandchildren.
Serving as OMC board secretary, Mary has a special passion for Children's Ministry.
Mary has much leadership and volunteer experience through the Girl and Boy Scouts as well as various school and church ministry positions. She has taught at numerous schools as Lead Classroom Teacher as well as Staff Manager.
Mary received her BS in Elementary Education and Special Education from Kutztown University and has further enhanced her teaching skills through continuing education courses and ESL certification.
Michael and Mary have been married for 36 years. They moved into their home in Salisbury Township a few weeks after they were married and have lived there since. They have 2 children, daughter Caitlin married to Joe and son Jeremy.
Katie Weber has been with OMC as a board member since it's inception. Her responsibilities include training, developing, assisting and teaching children's programs centered around the love of Jesus to the children OMC serves.
She completed her professional training at James Madison University in Harrison, VA where she received a Bachelors degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Special Education.
Katie is currently an elementary special education teacher for the Northampton Area School District. She has been teaching for over 10 years. During that same time, Katie has volunteered with middle and high school youth.
Katie attends Lifechurch and lives with her husband Bryan in Bethlehem, PA. Her two step-sons, Thomas and David, are video game-loving and hardcore skateboarders.
As a founding member of the OMC board of directors, Mike offers a strong passion for bringing clean water to rural villages in Southern Zambia through well repair.
In addition to his professional work in IT with Conrail and currently with GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceutical Co., Mike has donated many volunteer hours, most recently heading security for his home church.
Mike received his well repair training with Living Water International, headquartered in Houston, Texas and has traveled to Zambia several times to repair wells.
With his wife Mary, Mike lives in Salisbury Township and attends Lifechurch, Southside Campus. He and Mary have two grown children.
Tim is a founding member and serves on the OMC board with a passion for providing clean water. He was trained in water filtration by Living Waters for the World and built many systems in Africa, Central America and the Caribbean. He received his well repair training through Living Waters International in Houston, Texas and has hands-on repair experience in Zambia working with the OMC team.
Prior to his retirement, Tim was a fine arts teacher for 33 years and worked for Apple Inc. as a Creative. He holds a Bachelors degree in Art Education from Kutztown University and a Masters degree in Computer Education from Desales University. He served his community in Easton, PA as a city councilman and city council president.
Tim and Wendi live in Macungie, PA and worship and teach 1st grade kids at Faith Church. Tim’s five grandchildren “make his heart sing”.
Water, Children And Discipleship
What do clean water, children's ministry, discipleship and Zambia have in common? They are the main focuses of OneMillionChildren. Every well we repair gives us the opportunity to spread the word of God to the children the school and people of the village. OneMillionChildren has started offering discipleship classes in Livingstone where men and women of faith learn how to effectively spread the Word among their people. We hope to become involved in medical missions through a partnership with Rural Hope.
How can you help? We rely entirely on voluntary donations from people like you to help the children in Africa. Your monthly donation of just a few dollars will help provide children with clean drinking water, medical care and Gospel teaching. You may use the Donate Button above or send a check directly to: OneMillionChildren at 3280 Saddlewood Circle, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579
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