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“We do not view our success by the number of children we have sponsored but by the number of children who can write back and say they no longer need our financial help.“

David Whetstone

OUR FOUNDER'S STORY

While backpacking through West Africa, researching the needs of northern Togo, I found myself way out there among a people of poverty and disease. I began to realize, maybe for the first time, what it means to love without any return. One morning, waiting patiently outside of my tent, was a group of beautiful children. Sitting quietly, anticipating the moment this stranger would wake up. As I emerged and to my surprise, I was overtaken in a “group hug.” Later I discovered I was surrounded by orphaned children. How could this be? How could the brokenness of my past bring me to this remote place? I recall in that moment my priorities seemed to dissipate and new passions were born.

See, like many, I had the life­long goal of becoming an entrepreneur ­ to eventually be that millionaire I have always dreamed of becoming. I was consumed by achieving the success that is defined as the American dream. Along that path, I found myself spiritually weak but still trying to maintain a facade I knew was manufactured. Those closest to me could see behind the mask I wore everyday. I was such a fake.

I had built my life on a faulty foundation. My world came crashing down to the point of losing everything, including many who I held so dear. Of the things I lost, were relationships, pride, all but $28 in rolled coins, and a will to live. What hurts me most is that my selfishness caused pain in the lives of some along my journey. Beautiful people that deserved the best I could possibly give but rather I used as a stepping stone to my so called success.

At rock bottom, I was reminded of a wise man we read of in scripture who claimed to be the chiefest of sinners and another who claimed to be the least of the least. Peter, begged God to leave him because he is so sinful. And there I stood, just as these rejects, the “chiefest of failures!” Spurred by these examples and the few who never gave up on me, I took off the mask and left my failures behind.

We all have things we wish we could do over, I certainly do, but the fact is we cannot change yesterday. It took me flying halfway around the world, sleeping in a tent, being greeted by these parent­less children, to realize, I have a second chance at living life to the fullest as God has for me.

I cannot boast that my dreams have mysteriously gone away! I still desire to be that millionaire. I still desire to be that entrepreneur, just not as I once had imagined. After that day in the village, my passion is to now see millions of dollars flow through my hands without personal gain, to aid my global brothers and sisters.

Will you join me to make a difference?

US TEAM

David Whetstone

David Whetstone

Founder, President

Wayne Creel

Wayne Creel

Vice President, Conduit Coordinator

Autumn Vaughn

Autumn Vaughn

Child Sponsorship Director

Maurice Jennings

Maurice Jennings

Project Navigator

Logan Spencer

Logan Spencer

The Media Guy

US BOARD OF DIRECTORS

David Whetstone

David Whetstone

Founder, President

Wayne Creel

Wayne Creel

Vice President, Conduit Coordinator

Todd Tilghman

Todd Tilghman

Board Member

Ryan Wray

Ryan Wray

Board Member

Jamey Gremillion

Jamey Gremillion

Board Member

TOGO TEAM

William Koatidja

William Koatidja

Pastor & Director

Esso Takougnadi

Esso Takougnadi

Operations Director

Tatandja Obate

Tatandja Obate

Primary School Director And Class 2 Teacher

Bouhy Minboab

Bouhy Minboab

Preschool Teacher

Bargui Barche

Bargui Barche

Class 1 Teacher

Tchmaitogue Kanfitine

Tchmaitogue Kanfitine

Class 3 Teacher

Souho Panapassou

Souho Panapassou

Class 4 Teacher

Kombate Anhatidja

Kombate Anhatidja

Class 5 Teacher

Gounseti Tambate

Gounseti Tambate

Class 6 Teacher

Goubenine Gobine

Goubenine Gobine

Secondary School Director And History & Geography Teacher

Dogou Baman

Dogou Baman

Secondary School English And French Teacher

Timie Arzouma

Timie Arzouma

Secondary School Mathematics Teacher

Kombate Kanfitine

Kombate Kanfitine

Secondary School Science Teacher

HAITI TEAM

Paul Wanley

Paul Wanley

Director

Bendy Louis

Bendy Louis

Director Assistant

Ms.Tanise Lubin

Ms.Tanise Lubin

Secretary

Pre-School Teacher

Pierre Fredo

Pierre Fredo

Class 1 Teacher

Osirus Juliot

Osirus Juliot

Class 2 Teacher

Louis Jean Luckman

Louis Jean Luckman

Class 3 Teacher

Joseph Ilrick

Joseph Ilrick

Class 5 Teacher

Cesaire Luce Marlene

Cesaire Luce Marlene

French Teacher

FINANCIALS

Mentor Leaders is debt-free and has always maintained a debt-free philosophy, so all monies donated are used to further our efforts in the calling of the Great Commission.

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