The MFFO Mission Captured In A Single Photo

At 2:30 AM this morning, I found myself lying in bed, lost on Facebook, staring at photos of Rocky’s previous trips to Kenya.

I’ve seen most of the photos numerous times. I imagine that I am a lot like most of you who follow what is happening with MFFO. I look at the photos trying to get a feel for a place that I have never visited. I look at the photos trying to get to know, on some level, girls I have never met, but who I’ve come to love. Last night, I was simply missing my wife.

But the photo below stopped me in my tracks. It helped me focus and helped me go to sleep. It captures a simple moment in time. Two girls are reading a book. As a result, it clearly illustrates our mission: helping orphaned girls become powerful women.

What can you see in this photo? Call me pollyanna, but I see hope. I see the cycle of poverty being broken. “Educated girls grow into educated women, who – research shows – have healthier babies and are more likely to educate their children.” It’s the girl effect.  Writing this now has me on the verge of tears.

This photo is what MFFO is about.

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6 Responses to “The MFFO Mission Captured In A Single Photo”

  1. Tom Vanderwell April 25, 2010 at 12:11 pm #


    Well said. Those are exactly the type of long term differences that are needed to break the cycle. That’s why Rocky does what she does and that’s why we work in Haiti.

    Keep it up and looking forward to meeting you in a couple of weeks when you come to GR!


  2. Ginger Wilcox April 25, 2010 at 2:20 pm #

    This brought tears to my eyes. Definitely what it is all about.

  3. Matt Stigliano April 25, 2010 at 3:12 pm #


    I know MFFO isn’t about pride or pats on the back, but that’s exactly what you both should be feeling right now. I know your proud of all Rocky has accomplished, but you should feel pride when you see that photo. Not pride driven by ego, as some people might, but pride that you have found a woman like her. Pride in her giving attitude and selfless desire to make a change in the world. Heck, I’m proud to know her.

    She deserves a pat on the back, not because she needs the recognition (although she deserves every drop of it), but because she took the time to care…and do something about it.

    I can imagine how much you miss her, as I spent long periods of time away from my wife, bu in your case you know it’s for something bigger than any one person or person’s desire.

    Be proud, because somewhere in this world, a girl can laugh at a book or learn something from a book – instead of tossing it to the side as garbage. Be proud because your wife has touched those girls’ lives and those of us that have met her. Be proud because you found someone with as much passion for life as you have.

    I hope she knows how proud many of us are. Not in the chest-puffing pat on the back way of “look what I did,” but in the “every little bit could change these girls’ lives way.”

  4. Patty April 25, 2010 at 3:55 pm #

    The “Girl Effect” or as I like to call it …Girl Power …is very special! It is the force behind peace; in the home, in communities and around the world. It’s the influence that raises young boys to become caring, responsible, enlightened young men. It is the force that keeps us all together and working for good.

    Thank you Rocky and Jeff.

  5. Jeff Turner April 25, 2010 at 9:32 pm #

    Matt, I am proud. Not just of Rocky, but of everyone who supports what’s taking place at MFFO. The vision gets clearer and clearer. Thank you.

    Patty, all I can say is Amen to that.

    Tom, I am very much looking forward to my trip to Grand Rapids. Can’t wait to meet you and Lola!

    And Ginger, how hard is it really to get you to cry. 😉

  6. Marisa April 26, 2010 at 7:41 pm #


    Amazing! That is the single word that comes to mind when thinking about what you and Rocky (and MFFO supporters) are doing for these girls.

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