Did you know that by visiting a food stand during this year’s Barnesville Pumpkin Festival, you will be supporting an orphanage in Africa.

It’s true. And you can do just that.

Martha and Roy Hershberger of Jerusalem started Abba’s Heart Ministries International in 2013 after a mission trip to Africa where they saw a need to help orphaned children in that country.

"Our hearts wanted to do something for them," she said after seeing children just sitting in a roadway or falling asleep on their parents’ graves every night because they have nothing else.

In 2013, the Hershbergers were able to purchase land, construct a building and dig a water well for the orphanage that is now home to 12 children. In the Fall, Martha said, the orphanage will gain nine more children, ages six weeks to 18 months old.

"It’s very rewarding and fulfilling to see that enjoyment," she said about children who had lost all hope. 

Martha said they take a trip to Kenya at least once a year to check on the orphanage and see the children. 

She said there is a paid staff at the orphanage and any donation made to the ministries can be directly made to the area of the ministry that they want (for example, children, staff, facilities, etc.)

One of the ways of making a donation to the orphanage is by visiting the food stand at the Shekinah Church, 145 W. Main St., Barnesville, during the Barnesville Pumpkin Festival, Wednesday, Sept. 20 to Sunday, Sept. 24 at noon.  

All proceeds from the food stand during the festival will go directly to the orphanage ministry.

To learn more about Abbb’a Heart Ministries or to make a donation, visit their Facebook page.