In 2004, the Ritchie family embarked on an incredible journey of faith together in service to orphans. It began at the Casa Hogar Orphanage in Acapulco, Mexico, and has carried us all over the world. It was a very memorable trip, especially for our children. The past five years have proven to be especially fruitful.
2008: In July, we traveled to Cuzco, Peru, to help start the Josephine House Orphanage.
2009: Skip enrolled at Covenant Seminary in Saint Louis, Mo., to obtain a degree in counseling to better equip us for serving orphans.
2010: We were led to join the DR Congo bridge team at New City Fellowship in St. Louis. We traveled to Africa to aid in the care of more than 150 orphans in Kinshasa, Congo. We also visited a project in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, that seeks to serve the needs of a large community of families with HIV/AIDS.
2011: In January, Skip returned to Addis Ababa with a team of medical and counseling professionals and students to serve the same community of families.
2012: Over the summer, we spent nearly two months in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
2013: In November, Skip and his wife Keary founded a non-profit organization for orphans, OARRS, Inc. in Missouri.
2019-2020: Over the past several years we have focused on trying to provide helpful counseling techniques to caregivers for young children who have been abandoned and neglected. These techniques have been developed through the research-based work of the late Christian psychologist Dr. Purvis and Empowered to Connect.
For the most part, the economy has been fairly stable but strained. Currently, they have made some economic changes to currency and supply of electricity causing costs and inflation to increase.
We are partnering with The Fruitful Harvest of Zimbabwe to use their egg ministry as an effective means to provide protein and food for needy children in remote areas and at Isaiah’s Babies home. Please pray for the egg production and this Gospel ministry and these children.
We also partner with ministry leaders and pastors to promote effective orphan care. In the past, we have promoted orphan care by making connections with local pastors through Miami International Seminary (MINTS.EDU) courses on the books of James and Hebrews. Please pray for relationships to be strengthened as we look to build more partnerships that will bless vulnerable children and families.
We invite you to partner with us. Click on link to learn more about our orphan ministry. http://www.oarrs.org/
Support and Give: Prayerfully consider supporting this project in Zimbabwe and the greater mission of serving orphans, adoption, and family preservation work in Africa. You can give by donating through the link below or by sending a check to: OARRS, Inc. PO Box 179342, St. Louis, MO 63117