Evart resident strives to create church partnerships to help orphans around the world
EVART — Making sure orphaned children around the world have the love and care they deserve is the passion of Evart resident Michael Krick.
Through World Orphans, he helps provide that affection on a regular basis.
World Orphans is an organization that strives to create partnerships between churches in the U.S. and overseas to care for orphans and vulnerable children. It was established in 1993 and has helped children in nearly 50 countries receive wholistic care including food, education and medical care through a local church.
Krick got involved with World Orphans after meeting an organization representative while on a trip to Guatemala in 2008. In the country, he saw first-hand the need surrounding young children without families.
"I love kids," Krick said. "I have four kids of my own and I can't fathom them being in a hopeless, helpless state. The organization had the one thing I was looking for — the church. The way World Orphans is structured is to be the light in the darkness.
"I love doing what I do with World Orphans. It's one of those things where I wake up and can't believe I get to do this every day."
He began as a church partnership with the organization, matching American churches with churches in other countries, then taking groups from those American churches to meet and form relationships with their partners. The work has taken him across the world to parts of Asia, Africa, Central America and beyond, where he is able to see care and love given to orphans of all ages through their area's local church.
Krick's experiences have been positive and validating.
"It's amazing to see churches on the other side of the planet doing what God called them to do," he added. "When we're on trips, I get to see the kids in their actual homes. I see love and joy because these kids are being cared for, given an education and given hope."
Krick has always been drawn to helping children and older youth. A native of Midland, he moved to Evart to become part of the SpringHill Camps staff for 11 years before joining World Orphans.
"I think there are so many broken homes and families, and my heart is just drawn to those children who need a jump start," he said. "The main way to help them is to show love here at home and overseas."
Upcoming mission trips include a trek to Haiti in February with business leaders from across the U.S. and members of Calvary Baptist Church in Canton, who have partnered with a church in Haiti.
"I really want those future participants to build and form relationships, and learn and see what God is teaching us from the relationships," Krick said. "I hope they leave with the desire to stay connected with their church partnerships. The beauty of community is special."
In April, Krick will travel back to Guatemala with Aaron Boyd, the lead singer of the Christian musical group BlueTree. A concert will take place in the city, along with pastoral and caregiving training to those interested. Krick's goal is to promote and find a partner for four churches in Haiti.
Lately, Krick has teamed up with large events such as the Big Ticket Festival in an attempt to recruit more individual involvement. Tents and booths share the experiences of orphans around the world, depicting everyday life for that child.
Krick also is looking for local organizations and businesses who want to support World Orphans and local churches to partner with churches around the world. A handful of pastors in the area have been invited to the upcoming Guatemala trip, though they have yet to reply, and already Crossroads Community Church in Evart loosely supports Krick's efforts.
"I would love to see churches think outside of their four walls," Krick added. "I think we get so wrapped up in what's going on within our congregations that we sometimes forget to be externally focused."
For more information, to donate or become involved, contact Michael Krick at email@example.com or visit worldorphans.org.