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Pastor treks from Virginia to Portland to raise awareness for orphans

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2,900 miles. That is how long one pastor trekked to raise awareness for orphans.

Reverend Wayne Lavender left his Virginia Beach home on foot January 1. Four months and six days later, he is here in Portland.

Lavender ran, walked, and rode his way across the U.S. to gather support for his petition ‘Orphans are Vulnerable Children.’

He wants to present his petition at the General Conference for the United Methodist Church.

Lavender hopes church leaders will choose to find programs to help orphans and vulnerable children worldwide.

“I'm hoping and praying that each board and agency will eventually begin to shift resources towards caring for vulnerable children and orphans and that become our priority, and we become known as the church that will care for orphans and vulnerable children,” said Lavender. “It will be a way we can share our good news with people who are not in church and be kind of our specialty in the years moving forward.”

The United Methodist Church will hold its General Conference at the Oregon Convention Center May 10-20.

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