To overthrow the cruel task-master of poverty with hope, love, and kindness.
We rescue people invisible to the modern world who have been swallowed whole by poverty. Our approach is two-fold: we meet immediate basic needs and help the extremely poor build resources and skills that address and overcome the long-term challenges of poverty.
After a life-time in the small business and corporate world, my wife and I made a drastic change. One mission trip, that we thought was for our teenage children, changed the trajectory of our lives forever.
We arrived in Joyabaj, Guatemala, a somewhat isolated location with mountainous dirt roads well off the tourist maps. Extreme poverty assaulted our senses from every side. This was not my first mission trip. I thought I remembered what I would see. Their despair was like an inevitable consequence of living.
Poverty had a face, several, in fact. We couldn’t hardly soak it all in. Inadequate shelter, homelessness, malnutrition, food insecurities, joblessness, neglect, abandonment, domestic violence, sickness, severely under-resourced schools, illiteracy, lack of access to water, ignorance and religious syncretism would continue to enslave this community to cruelty for generations to come.
Compassion dug deeper until we led our first mission team back to Joyabaj to build homes for women and children with no other options. One trip turned into several. Soon, because of the volume of activities, fundraisers and trips, “Send Me” a 501(c)3 was born in 2011. Little did we know, the work had only just begun: we partnered with a private school in Joyabaj to provide scholarships for children to receive a basic education; we added a program to support the medical needs of children with disabilities; we began construction on a property that would provide short-term and long-term assistance; we partnered with a vocational training center to provide skills for employment; we began seminary training for pastors to learn about God’s word and leadership. A large part of these activities were once on my part-time vacation schedule. The need was much greater than we could ever serve on a part-time basis. We counted the cost. In 2017, I quit my job. With the support of family, friends and ministry partners, my wife and I moved to Joyabaj, Guatemala where we now live and work full-time.
-George & Tammy Roller
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Hey, George and Tammy. Hope you both are doing well.
Just saying “hi” and that I just recently heard from Chip Stoyeff after many years and his first question after asking about me was “where’s George?”
I told him that you both had started a ministry and gave him your web address.
Eric. It is wonderful to hear from you. Thank you so much!