David and Melanie Sgro (“GO! Ministries”) work outside of Bacolod City, Philippines. They serve alongside local pastors to train churches in evangelism, drama, door to door evangelism, and leadership training. In addition, they host short term mission trips from the USA. Because basketball is a national pastime in the Philippines, Americans are always welcomed, especially those who can play some “b-ball”!
David and Melanie were married on Nov 14, 2015. Before this, in 2010 David served for 3 years in the central highlands of Guatemala among the Mayans as the only American missionary family in the area. He relocated back to the USA for his children to attend college but has continued his work in Guatemala. His ministry embraces “Matthew 25:35-36 “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me”. His feeding program “GO! EAT”, feeds 409 children every school day. “GO! HOW” (Helping Orphans and Widows) fulfills James 1:27 (to look after orphans and widows in their distress).
Shortly after his father died, David was 10 years old and remembers celebrating Christmas at the Salvation Army. So he knows firsthand the difficulty of being raised fatherless, and the difficulties of being an orphan. Fifteen years ago he started “GO! Give”, to bring Christmas to thousands of children. For six years he has also hosted medical missions trips to serve rural Mayans and short term mission teams called “GO! Visit”. These teams have installed stoves, built homes for widows, taught English, and evangelized.
David and Melanie fund their ministry with donations from churches and individuals. From 1985 – 2009 David taught martial arts at a school he owned. In 2010 he sold the school and moved to Guatemala with one-way tickets and 11 of his 13 children. When he felt the Lord asked him to “GO!” David answered, “Lord, I’ll GO where you tell me to go, say what you tell me to say, and do what you tell me to do”! He still feels the same way today.
Feel free to visit www.goministries.info for more info on specific projects.