On January 13, 2020, Mark Grennell ("Papa") unexpectedly passed away.
In honor of his life and vision of a better world for all people, his oldest son Matt will be running 100 miles on Papa's birthday, September 28th, to raise money for Let Them Come Ministries Charity.
The run will begin at South Suburban Chiropractic Clinic, where Mark practiced Chiropractic for over 25 years. It will end at Lake Thunderbird in Putnam County where the Grennell family had a lake house for most of the children's lives.
Creating this organization was not only one of the last things Mark did on earth, but it became his passion and he felt it was his calling. Although Mark is no longer here, he left a blueprint for action.
Where it all began
In 2015 Mark went to Renoysa Mexico on a mission trip with his church. If you are not familiar with Renoysa, it is located on the US / Mexico border and is ground zero for drug related Cartel Violence. In fact, the area is so dangerous that when missionaries go to serve in Renoysa they travel across the border each morning and night (sometimes waiting hours to cross) just to get to those in need.
While in Renoysa he met Pastor Jamie Mayorga, an incredible individual who runs Melody Orphanage along side his wife. Pastor Jamie (Pictured with Mark in the Orange Shirt) started Melody with his wife in 2012 out of a recently burned down home.
Once Mark met Jamie things fell into place for Melody and Mark. Upon returning to the United States Mark lead a campaign that raised over $50,000 for Melody which gave the children amenities you and I take for granted such as air conditioning, real floors, laundry machines and a home they could safely live in.
What will the Funds be used for?
Currently it costs Melody $3,000 per month to run the orphanage. The goal of $36,000 will support the Orphanage for one year. The funds will be used to provide food, shelter, clothing, and education for those working and living at Melody.
At Melody they provide for those outside the walls of the orphanage as well as those inside. Just a few months when hurricane Isaias hit the area in July of 2020 Melody fed hundreds of people in their community. The majority of this food was provided to individuals who live at the local garbage dump. When Pastor Jamie told us about the work he said “We do not have much, but we have more than our neighbors therefore it is our responsibility to help those in need.”
These acts of selflessness are true representations of what it means to love your neighbor as yourself.
*100% of all Donations (except credit card transaction fees) will be used for Melody Orphanage*
**All costs associated with Papa's Big Run will be paid for by Mark's Family to make sure your donations go further**
Who will you be helping?
Currently there are 10 kids living at Melody Orphanage. There is capacity for up to 50 but not enough funding. Their goal is to give any child in need a place to call home. A sense of family and love they so desperately need.
So please, in Honor of Mark Grennell, donate what you can to help these children. What seems like pennies to you could mean a new toy for their birthday, a week of knowing if they have food, or having new clothes to wear. We can help these children dream of a better life and help give them the life they deserve. Mark is smiling down on us, proud of each one of us for being selfless and helping those in need.