My name is Maria Melgarejo, and I am the founder of GLOW International.
GLOW International, began with a simple mandate to Go Love Our World. Sounds easy enough, right? This “GLOW” idea began stirring in my heart a few years ago when I went on a mission trip as an interpreter. I knew that I wanted to be able to share my heart and passion for God while serving others wherever God called me to. So, what I thought was a simple outreach turned into a calling as I witnessed first-hand the poverty of a third world country.
With my ability to speak the local language I was able to understand more fully the needs of the community and the local resources that might be available. I came home with a burden to do something….but how could I offer a hand up, not a hand out? What could I do that would empower others and yet still be sustainable?
Then in 2016, I went on another missions trip and found myself in a small town in Northwest Honduras. I was surprised to discover that there were resources available in the community…that no one knew about. For whatever reason, organizations were not communicating with each other and therefore, the impact on the community was limited. I asked myself, “What would happen if I worked with local partners by simply connecting the dots between organizations and ministries?
Before my two weeks were over, GLOW International was born.
GLOW is an organization with a holistic approach to connect existing resources with at-risk communities in order to improve lives and bring hope.
To meet authentic needs by identifying existing resources in the areas of education, nutrition, health/hygiene, and spiritual development.