ATLANTA—Mike Barry, former parishioner of St. Philip Benizi Church in Jonesboro, has made dozens of mission trips to Ghana, forging a bond with the people of the West African nation.

Initially inspired by the mission work of his late wife, Danise, Barry volunteered at an orphanage in the Volta region of Ghana in the summer of 2014. Moved by the “gratefulness, charity and sincerity” of the Ghanaian people and needs of children there, he started the Pope Francis Outreach Program.

The Barrys sold their family real estate business in 2009 when their youngest daughter went to college. Their plan was to take on mission work full time, but then Danise was diagnosed with stage IV cancer. She died in 2012.

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