When Epikos started, we certainly planned to serve the people in our community and reach as many as we possibly can for Jesus. But in addition to what we do in the Vancouver area, we knew that we had to prioritize those who were most vulnerable and who couldn’t help themselves. We were convinced that Matthew 25 is just as important as the ten commandments, but what was the best way to apply it? Should we take a trip to Costa Rica one year, the Philippines the next, and then to India and Mexico? A lot of churches do it that way, but we decided to choose one spot on the earth that desperately needs God’s love and focus our energies and resources there.
We chose Ntandi, Uganda, a zero-income village near the Congo border. Since that decision, we at Epikos have sent more than $350,000 to build and staff an orphanage; provide thousands of new, Christian books; place new shoes on hundreds of kids’ and adults’ feet; build a church, dorm, and dining hall; and feed 300 children every school day. We are helping the orphan children not just with food, love, and a Christian education, but we are helping each one develop a life plan that we will fund and help them implement. We would not dream of such a commitment without being directly involved and seeing all of the resources go directly to help those whom we have grown to love. No advertising and administration is involved — just Epikos friends helping lives blossom, now and in the future.
Epikos is generous. We make a huge difference in a small place. And we are thrilled to have our prayers and dreams answered.
John and Karen