|Gary & Carol Zupkas|
|Compassion ministry to the orphans in Lithuania|
Birthdays: Gary (10/25), Carol (9/6)
Education: Gary: B.A. in English, Utica College of Syracuse University, New York; graphic design, Art Center, Los Angeles, California. Carol: B.A. in drama with emphasis in English literature, San Diego State University, California; teaching credentials – English and social studies
Missions Experience: Five summer mission trips to Lithuania
Endorsed: July 2006
Home Church: New Hope Church of Penasquitos, San Diego, California
Primary Ministry Focus: Offering hope and help as "graduated" orphans face their future.
The People: The orphanage system fosters a dependency cycle where there are now third-generation orphans. Teenagers released two weeks before their 18th birthday have few life skills. Considered societal outcasts, they often fall prey to prostitution, drug addiction, crime and suicide.
Major Challenges: Orphans need faith in God, and they need mentoring, modeling and discipleship to help them discover meaning and purpose for their lives.
Prayer Focus: Pray for them to know that they are loved and valued, and for active faith to reach and fulfill their God-ordained destiny.