Come face-to-face with orphans. Lift Up the Orphans (LUTO) international missionary trips are a biennial event that give individuals and families the chance to personally take part in the uplifting of the spirits of orphans and destitute children in impoverished communities.
Starting in the summer of 2013 and every two years hence, the KRIS leadership team representatives and volunteers spent part of their summer visiting several orphanages and impoverished communities across the Philippines, traveling by plane, boat, bus, car and motorcycle bringing smiles to hundreds of orphans and destitute children. Sweets for the Holidays parties were hosted, Happy Play-ces Playgrounds including a full-size basketball court were constructed and boxes and boxes of goods were distributed containing clothes, shoes, toys, books, personal hygiene products and school supplies along with thousands of pounds of rice.
The last LUTO trip to the Philippines occurred in July 2017. In addition to the regular mission team activities, the team, in partnership with local partner organizations held a huge medical/dental mission that served over 300 people. The team also participated in the breaking ground for the first KRIS Orphanage Campus – a dream project of the KRIS Foundation founder, Krissy Dufala. It was a phenomenal trip.