Hi! My name is Joseph Adorno, and I'm the founder of Panem Project alongside my beautiful wife Natalia Sepulveda. The story of our business started in the summer of 2016 when Natalia and I went on our first short term mission trip together.
As we prepared and traveled to Santo Domingo, I imagined the people we would meet, the work we would do, and the impact we might have. By the end of the trip, however, I realized that a large part of the impact occurred inside of us. Ministering to others and being in another culture changed our perspective and perception of the world. The experience changed my life, and I realized my calling was in evangelism and teaching the Word of God - in missions somehow.
That calling lead me to become a Youth Pastor at my local church and to the development of Panem Project. Originally, the idea was to help people in need through direct charitable donations. However, during our missionary preparation, we learned about the negative effects charitable donations may have in the economy of a foreign nation. Although we love helping people in need by providing items they may be lacking, we also believe in the idea of "teaching a man to fish."
In Santo Domingo, it also became clear to me that many missionaries around the world are in need themselves. There was one day in particular where there wasn't enough food for everyone to eat a warm meal. The organizations many missionaries are a part of typically do not provide them with income, and in order to continue the work of the Lord, they must spend part of their time fundraising.
The purpose of Panem Project is to alleviate the financial stress of missionaries by contributing financially to their ministry. We hope this vision can help everyone spend more time loving God and loving people, teaching and preaching the Word of God, meeting the spiritual and physical needs of people, serving in the communities. Ultimately, we believe the laborer is worthy of his wages.
We currently strive to fulfill this mission through Real Estate Photography (Commercial Photography), YouTube Content, and Faith Based Apparel. Every purchase helps raise money for missions, and 100% of donations go to helping people in need. I hope you’ll like what you see and be inspired to help us make a difference in the world! Please partner with us in this journey. Thank you!