Orphan Angels use motorcycles to show the love of Christ

By June 23, 2009

Zambia (MNN) — This summer, seven American youth will go by the title “Orphan Angels” as they ride motorcycles and minister to Zambian orphans.

This unique ministry through Teen Missions International will expose these American youth to the needy orphans of the Copperbelt region of Zambia and allow them to share Christ’s love to children.

The youth first completed a vigorous ten-day boot camp in the United States. Then, they flew to Zambia on June 21 and hopefully will complete their travels by tomorrow, June 24. They will then serve in Zambia for three or more weeks, going to various AIDS Orphans Rescue Units.

While in Zambia, these five men and two ladies, along with their leaders, will be helping Teen Missions’ Motorcycle Sunday School Mission (MSSM) ran by the nationals.

The MSSM Missionaries have a regular circuit in the Copperbelt region, and the Orphan Angels will be riding along with them, moving to new areas five to six times a week.

This is another unique part of the ministry, having American youth serving under the guidance of national missionaries. However, Joe Vile, an Orphan Angel leader, said, “We look to them for our guidance and direction because they know the culture. They know the language. So we’re there to serve them.”

Orphan Angels will minister to hundreds of orphans in the area in several different ways.

Vile said, “They’ll have puppets and music. We have a Bible lesson for them, and they have an invitation to accept Christ. Plus, we also play games with them. So, relationships are built with the little orphans.

The whole Orphan Angels team looks forward to ministering to these orphans who have so little and growing closer to Christ as they do so, Vile said.

Through the youths' experience with Orphan Angels, Teen Missions prays they will come back with a missionary vision and continue to serve God through missions when they return.

However, Vile said, “It’s not the distance you travel. Your mission field is wherever God plants you.”

Pray for the Orphan Angels as they finish traveling to Zambia, for their spiritual growth throughout their trip, and for God to go before them and prepare the hearts of the orphans they serve.

If you would like to learn more about Orphan Angels, Motorcycle Sunday School Mission or other Teen Missions ministries, visit their Web site.

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