As a child, Abe Parry and his family had hardly anything.
When they moved from India to the U.S. when Parry was a third-grader, God provided for his family’s basic needs.
Years later, through numerous obstacles, the story of God’s provision continues to permeate Parry’s life. And as the vice president of Mondesir Hope, Parry hopes he can be a vessel for God to take care of the needs of those in both Lynchburg and Haiti.
Despite his current desire to honor God and show God’s love every day, things weren’t always easy for Parry.
As a teenager, he struggled with the sin of pornography before God stepped in; and discontent and sadness ruled over Parry, eventually convincing him to try to kill himself three times.
“I hated myself so much because nobody knew [my struggles],” Parry said. “The third time I was like, ‘God, if you really have a plan for me, if you’ve spared my life so many times, please come in and show me you have a purpose. If not, kill me, or I’ll do it for you.”
Following that cry for help, God intervened in Parry’s life. Parry said one day in November, he walked downstairs to watch television and saw Clayton King preaching, which helped Parry realize his need to surrender his life to God.
Though he had found new life in Christ, the struggles weren’t over then. After nearly getting a chance to play football in college, Parry broke his leg in three places, ending his chances at an athletic scholarship.
Parry said God had a different plan, however, opening the doors to Liberty University, where he’s currently a junior pre-med student.
During high school while on a mission trip to Nicaragua, God showed up again, Parry said. When Parry was short of his fundraising goal, he received a last-minute check for $1,000 covering the balance. After some confusion with paperwork that temporarily forced Parry to go back to the U.S. during the trip, Parry said God worked things out again and allowed him to return to Central America for the remainder of the mission.
In Nicaragua, Parry’s love for orphans and others who are in need of hope was born, and Parry’s desire is to continue to help those near and far away through Mondesir Hope.
Parry said many people may think college students aren’t capable of making a significant difference, especially in a country so far away. But God has a different idea.
“They’re absolutely right. There is no way that we can do it — by ourselves,” he said. “But we serve a God who has shown over and over again that he is the God of the underdog [and] the comeback [who] can make things happen. He has proven that over and over again. … There’s no way a group of college kids should be able to do this, but with God we can.”