About John Palmieri
In the Spring of 2013, at the age of twenty-nine, I went back to school with the sole ambition of serving the fatherless. The year prior I had been affected greatly by the worldwide orphan crisis, and having worked with children my entire life, I was wrought by the idea that there weren’t just millions of children being neglected overseas, but hundreds in need of loving families in my very own city. I felt moved to do something about it, and began pursuing my education with the hope of one day starting a nonprofit that would make a difference.
En route to graduating with my bachelor's in social work, I served in local child placement agencies and fought for underprivileged and neglected children in my own community. During this time, as God worked in the lives of my family, I felt myself yearning to affect change on a grand scale without starting my own NGO. I instead sought out opportunities to work with a Christian organization that serves the fatherless globally. In May of 2016, Katie and I were overjoyed when I was offered a position with such a group.
In my 2 years with World Orphans I’ve blessed to take part in equipping, encouraging, and mobilizing churches to care for orphans and vulnerable children in 13 countries around the world. Through an unashamedly Gospel-focused model of wholistic care, we work through the local church to care for the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs of children.
As a Domestic Church Partnership Director, I work to recruit and foster long-term relationships between US churches and international churches, in order to promote long-term development of Gospel-centered orphan care in those communities. I have been blessed with the opportunity to utilize the skills God has grown in me, in order to encourage the church and serve the orphan.
Throughout scripture, we are mandated to care for the fatherless and oppressed. James 1:27 tells us “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”
World Orphans is supported 100% by partners who pray for and fund ministry expenses, salary, and healthcare. I am inviting you to join my team of ministry partners. You can partner with me by:
2. Becoming a monthly, annual financial donor on behalf of our family
3. Connecting World Orphans with your local church
With your support, and God’s provision, together we can continue responding to God’s command to care for the needs of the orphan. We love sharing what God is doing through this ministry with all our supporters and thank you for prayerfully considering partnering with us. We’re excited to see what God does through this continued work in the years to come and hope you desire to take part in it.
Until they all have homes,