A RUGELEY teenager is appealing for help in heading off on a life-changing adventure to work in an orphanage in Africa for six months.
Nursery worker Joy Parkes, 19, will work with some of the most deprived children in the orphanage at Kisumu in Kenya.
The former Fair Oak pupil will help to restore and redecorate the run-down orphanage, which has been taken on by Victory Church in Rugeley. The buildings are in disrepair and there is a desperate need for cash donations and volunteers to help give the home a makeover.
Joy, who is an active member of the Victory Christian Centre, said she was inspired during national Christian youth event Soul Survivors at the County Showground in Stafford last year.
“I have only ever known love and security in my family life, while these children have nothing. I always felt there was going to be a calling in my life,” she said.
“At the County Showground one of the speakers was talking about the plight of children in an orphanage and I really felt like it was God speaking to me. I really felt their hurt and their pain. It left me crushed. Someone noticed how I was and came to pray with me. I knew I had to go and help.”
Her colleagues at Victory Christian Centre are busy raising the funds for her flight, board and lodgings at the orphanage.
She adds: "I have received a lot of support, but still need more for the trip is scheduled to begin in September. I am hoping to get 30 people to donate £40 each, which will cover my food and lodgings at the orphanage.
"Having had such a secure home environment myself I know how important it is to be loved, and so I want to show them that even though they don't have loving parents, they do have the love of God and that He will never ever leave them."
Anyone who would like to help should contact Joy through Pastors Will and Barbara Graham at Victory Christian Centre, Anson Street, Rugeley, on 01889 576246 or email firstname.lastname@example.org