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In September of 1998, Mark and Paige Anderson, along with 12 other short-term missionaries from Southwest Community Church in Palm Desert, California, traveled to Natal, Brazil, to assist a local church in expanding an orphanage. After prayerful consideration and encouragement from their church, Mark and Paige decided to relocate their entire family to Brazil. They moved to Fortaleza in February of 2000 to oversee the founding of the Davis Lar Orphanage. The orphanage focuses on the child victims of prostitution, drug trafficking, abuse, and abandonment, providing homes and restoring the children to spiritual, physical and emotional health while reaching out to their families and communities.
The Andersons continue to aid in the administration of the Davis Lar, with a focus on partnering with the local Brazilian churches to create other childcare facilities in Ceará. The Andersons are under the umbrella of Action International Ministries. They married in 1987, accepted Christ in 1989, and now serve with their children Matthew and Rachel.