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It’s a long flight via Dubai and Brussels from Manila to Monrovia. Or from anywhere to Liberia for that matter.

Maybe that’s why Liberian orphans are so forgotten, overlooked and left out of the chasms of our daily thoughts.

But in November 2011 they entered my life, and their cute little perspiration-laden faces will forever be recalled in my mind’s eye.

Orphan Relief Network hired me to direct, shoot and edit a short promo film for the work that they are doing among 600 parentless children around Monrovia. It was a week of sweaty travel in tropical heat to the orphanages they oversee…

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David Joannes
Founder/President at Within Reach Global
David Joannes is the co-founder and president of Within Reach Global, Inc, which serves the advance of the Gospel in some of Southeast Asia’s most difficult places. He is the author of The Space Between Memories: Recollections from a 21st Century Missionary. David has a love for language, culture, and creative writing, and for the last 20 years, he has witnessed God’s Kingdom established in forgotten parts of the globe. David lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand, with his wife, Lorna, and their daughter, Cara.
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