REACH UP REACH OUT EXISTS TO ENGAGE PEOPLE IN HOLISTICALLY CARING FOR ORPHANS, WIDOWS, AND THE VULNERABLE.
LOVE THE VULNERABLE
God’s heart is for people. And He asks us to have that same heart. We are to love all people. Love is the most powerful action we can take. It’s doing something that communicates care and value. Jesus asks us to demonstrate our love for others through service. At Reach Up Reach Out, we believe love is tangible. It results in lives being changed and enhanced for His glory. Scripture tells us when we care for "the least of these," it's as if we are serving Jesus Himself.
The greatest commandment is to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. He is worthy of our all. And He is the reason we can love others... because He first loved us. Every person on the planet has a purpose and destiny that starts with knowing Whose they are. It is out of this knowledge that we are then able to serve and care for others wholeheartedly.
EQUIP OTHERS TO DO THE SAME
James 1:27 is a powerful reminder that the religion God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. At Reach Up Reach Out, we believe that we can achieve so much more together than we can alone. We commit to train and equip others to live out James 1:27. Through our Sponsorship Programs, Short Term Missions trips and local service opportunities, anyone who desires to make a difference in the life of an orphan, widow or vulnerable person will be able to do so. From individuals to ministries, to corporations, we partner with whoever has a heart to serve, give and care for those in need.
For over a decade, Alex and Shunna Jones-Moreno, Reach Up Reach Out’s Founders, have endeavored to love God and people. This dynamic couple has worked in full-time ministry and done extensive mission work around the globe. Alex and Shunna are ordained ministers, trained in Grief Recovery, and have a heart to see people encounter Jesus and live the abundant life they were purposed to live. The Jones-Morenos recognize that the need in our world can be overwhelming, but if we are willing to engage with the need, it can also be life-changing. Alex, Shunna, and their 8-year-old daughter, Layla, moved to Uganda for seven months in 2014 while going through the adoption process for their son Caleb. After living abroad, it wasn’t enough to merely see the enormous need at the orphanage where Caleb lived. They wanted to be part of the solution in meeting the needs of the 500 orphans they left behind. And so Reach Up Reach Out officially began in 2015.