In February of 2006, Bryon and Tiffany Applegate (project founders) embarked on their first ever "international mission trip". They visited a small town in Guatemala, where Shadow of His Wings orphanage is located. During this trip they not only encountered many wonderful people, but also a life-changing encounter with God. The transformation that took place changed the Applegates both spiritually and emotionally.

Upon their return to the States, the Applegates found it difficult to return to the everyday life they knew. Their view of almost every aspect of their lives had changed as a result of the trip. They knew they would never return to their old selves, not their old lives. They also knew that the mission of helping those in need was now their own. They just didn't know in what capacity they would take on this mission. They only knew they wanted to make a difference.

They continued to visit the orphanage in the years that followed. In fact, they revisited the orphanage a few months later. As on the first trip, the second trip was life-changing. They were confirmed in their belief that they wanted to make a difference in the lives of orphans and widows and decided to begin monthly sponsorships for 3 of the girls at the orphanage. The number of sponsorships has grown since that time.

The third trip to the orphanage included the Applegates leading the first of several teams from their local church (James River Church) in Ozark, MO. After leading a team in 2010 they decided to begin the 1:27 Missions Project to engage more people in the care of women and children, provide more opportunities for people to have a personal experience with this mission, expand support to other orphanages, and include other churches and organizations.