When Olive Branch Ministries founder Gary Dickinson took his first trip to Africa in 2002, he was completely overwhelmed by what he encountered. People of all ages living in extreme poverty, orphans roaming the streets begging for any kind of hand out, deplorable living conditions, unsafe water supplies, and children everywhere with no food, no homes, no families … no future.
However, Gary also met people with remarkable stories of perseverance, courage and survival. These were bright and beautiful children whose smiles could light up a room and people who were working selflessly to help others towards a better future.
It was on this trip that Gary Dickinson fell deeply in love with a people, a country and a cause. Several years later, to address this cause and to minister the needs of these dear people, Olive Branch Ministries was born. The main foundation of Olive Branch Ministries is to bring resources and opportunities to those who have neither. “To give a you future and a hope.”
OBM is committed to helping these individuals learn how to help themselves. In the developing countries like Uganda and Rwanda the children and young people are gifted, talented and intellectually bright. However, because of the circumstances in which they find themselves they do not have the opportunities or resources to rise above their current situation and circumstances. Therefore, until someone provides that which they do not have they will continue to live in abject poverty and semi-primitive conditions for the next generation and beyond.
Being that “someone” to help is the call and passion of “Papa Gary” as he is called by the
children of the village. Olive Branch Ministries, believes that by just providing the resources and means to this project in Africa, remarkable things can be accomplished. Children who never opened up a book could go to a great school, people who have lost their families could begin to build a home for themselves and living conditions could be improved.
Olive Branch Ministries is about extending a helpful hand and inspiring hope. We are a group who believe that with the right resources and support that anything is possible.
OBM’s goal is to demonstrate the grace of God to those around the world by infusing resources and opportunities into the lives of these individuals, families and communities to help them achieve their dreams. By helping provide resources like education, skill training, agriculture, small business and industry development, OBM hopes to give these individuals the tools they need to become self-sustaining communities and radically increase their options for the future.
Primarily, OBM work to date has been in the war torn and disease ravaged countries of Uganda and Rwanda. Eventually, OBM plans to extend their mission to those in need in the United States, particularly neglected and abused children.