Southaven man's mission sponsors over 3,000 orphans

By Chip Washington - bio | email

SOUTHAVEN, MS (WMC-TV) - At first glance, AC Curtis' family of eight seems like any other family trying to get through another day of life and its many challenges.

For Curtis, there is a far greater challenge he is hoping to conquer that all began as a revelation over 20 years ago.

"I went to Haiti, I went to many countries and I began seeing the teeming masses and the mound of need and I said I want to make a difference," Curtis said.  "I want to do something about it."

Curtis did humanitarian and mission work in India, Africa and Asia.  Last year, he created Express Missions International in Mississippi.

He works out of his home, has no staff and spends over $4,000 a month to sponsor over 3,000 orphans.

Food and water are necessities, but the organization also provides additional resources.

"Malaria medicine," Curtis said.  "We help the nationals ... and the main thing we provide is mosquito nets."

In order to continue his work, Curtis needs help from the public.  He said that a small donation can go a long way in helping to sustain a life.

"It takes one dollar to do five things for one orphan," Curtis said.  "Medicine, school supplies, clean water, mosquito nets and food."

Express Missions International depends solely on community support and is planning to take some students on the next overseas trip this summer.

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