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Serve Globally
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Contact Luann Gilbert at or Shirley Cromwell at

Zoe Empowers - A Ministry with Orphans in India

ZOE Empowers ( is one of Lake Deaton’s global mission projects and represents thousands of orphans and vulnerable children in India in the slums of Chennai and Vizag. Every day, through our prayers and financial support of this ministry, we help ZOE bring these children to Jesus for the healing of scars of a life that has been cruel; strengthen and empower them to move beyond poverty and to know they are a precious child of God who stand on their feet and move forward to accomplish their dreams.  Since 2016, with our first Empowerment Group called Light Born in Chennai, India, Lake Deaton helped 7 Empowerment groups graduate and become self-sustaining.

     Rescuing children off the streets in the slums where many have been involved in gangs, begging for food, and sex trafficking, ZOE creates empowerment groups like Powerful, Team Intelligent, and Youth Icons which Lake Deaton sponsors. Each has 85-100 children from ages 12-20 divided into households with many younger children living with them. Lake Deaton also co-sponsors Team Vision with the Women of Faith from Community U.M. Church in Fruitland Park.  

     These orphans and vulnerable children care for one another and learn not just how just to survive, but to thrive! Thank you for modeling Christ’s love through our prayers, financial support - $9,000/year/group for full sponsorship-, and personal connections with each group.

For more information, check our website under SERVE..GLOBALLY


Jonathan & Donna Baker , Co-Coordinators for ZOE Empowers at Lake Deaton or

Congo Partnership

Lake Deaton, through retired Global Ministries Missionaries Donna & Jonathan Baker and the Congo Partnership, provides support for agriculture and nutrition programs and the digging of freshwater wells in the remote poverty-stricken areas of central Congo.  Click here for more information

Operations Christmas Child (OCC)

Collecting toys and school supplies and toiletries for children around the world in need through Samaritan’s Purse. This collection begins in October so that the children can receive the boxes by Christmas.  

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