Friday, October 19, 2018


On a beautiful Saturday morning, over 100 volunteers showed up at the home of a widow outside Greenville. They pulled weeds. They mulched. They painted. They power washed. They demolished a building. They did all this in the name of love.

The congregation of Trinity Wesleyan Church in Greenville put this work project together, not only to assist a widow, but also to help a family in the church adopt a child.

This is a Both Hands project. The idea behind Both Hands is to reach out both hands to help, one for the widow and one for the orphan. James 1:27 says, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress…” Trinity Wesleyan is taking this verse to heart.

Pastor Wes Lynch & his wife, April, have wanted to adopt a child for years. Through projects like Both Hands, they are very close to raising the finances they need to make it happen! Pastor Wes says, “I long to see the church come together and actually live out Scripture within the community of Greenville! We want to thank everyone who has been praying and supporting our family with our call from God to adopt little McKenna. Please continue to pray for our family as we walk in faith through our adoption journey. We currently are in need of $5,000 to be fully funded. Not everyone is called to adopt, but we are ALL called to take care of widows and orphans! (James 1:27).

Both Hands’ mission is “to serve orphans, widows and adoptive families.” Both Hands helps families fundraise for their adoptions. A family gathers a team of volunteers and Both Hands coaches them to coordinate a service project fixing up a widow’s home. The family and their team send letters to raise sponsorship for their day of service. It’s very similar to raising sponsorship for a 5K race, but instead of running, the team is serving a widow. The funds raised help an orphan become adopted into a forever family. Both Hands – one hand for the widow, one hand for the orphan. Committed to fundraising support for its operating expenses through private donors, no funds raised by a family and their team are deducted for Both Hands’ administrative costs.

Since 2008, Both Hands projects have raised over $9.6 million for adoptions and orphan care. Through 830 Both Hands projects in 42 states, 916 widows have been served, 1,043 orphans are closer to forever families, and over 20,000 volunteers have served their communities. You can still help this family bring home Baby Makenna! For more details visit

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