My name is Maria Melgarejo, and I am the founder of GLOW International.
This GLOW(Go Love Our World) 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 wherever He called me. 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 what could I do that would empower others and yet still be sustainable?
In 2016, I spent two weeks on a mission trip to a small town in Northwest Honduras. I was surprised to discover that there were resources available in the community that no one knew about. 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 partners by simply connecting the dots between organizations and ministries? Before my two weeks were over, GLOW International was born.