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, to our children especially. 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 service to 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, and to also visit 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 with a team of medical and counseling professionals and students to serve these same project beneficiaries.
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.
We invite you to partner with us. Click on link to learn more about our orphan ministry. http://www.oarrs.org/
Support/GivePrayerfully consider supporting this project in Zimbabwe and the greater mission of 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. 6 Thornby Place St. Louis, MO 63112