F4O is an International non-profit organization committed to lifting communities through service to orphans and vulnerable children.
We began as a group of United Methodists. We visited Mozambique in the aftermath of their devastating civil war and encountered thousands of street children whose most basic needs were neglected. We felt called to dedicate our lives to serving these vulnerable children. We began to fundraise to build community based houses for children in Mozambique and beyond. At the same time, we began to advocate members of our Christian community in the US to put aside political differences and unite behind the cause of saving orphans and vulnerable children.
Our founder and Executive Director, Wayne Lavender, lived and taught in Iraqi Kurdistan for 2 years. During this time he opened projects to serve Muslim Kurdish orphans. After the tragic terrorist shooting in New Zealand last year we visited the mosque where the attack occurred to pray for peace together with our Muslim brothers and sisters. This past year we opened chapters of F4O at two universities and hosted an inaugural on campus fundraiser. We are finding our justice oriented college students among our most passionate supporters!