World Orphans is excited to announce Rescue Teams!
What is a Rescue Team? It’s doing what you already do to make a difference!
First, pick a World Orphans project from somewhere around the world that you want to support. Next, sign up to compete in a race, host a sale or a party, give up your birthday, or create your own campaign. Then, invite your friends and family to join you in making a difference!
Check out a few recent testimonials!
“I read a book about raising unselfish children in a selfish world. I really liked the idea of a charity birthday party where people could give the amount they would spend on a gift to a worthy organization. Now that the girls are older, we allow them to help choose their charity. It has been a wonderful teaching tool and puts things in perspective for us as a family. We plan on continuing this every year, and we are excited to see how God uses it in our children’s lives and those they give away their birthdays to!” - Mother of Haley and Jenna (Scott Depot, WV)
“It sounded like a simple idea—get a bunch of folks to donate unwanted items to be sold in a garage sale and give the money raised to World Orphans. My wife and I and a few close friends already knew about the global issue of orphans and vulnerable children. Now, thanks to a simple garage sale event, a whole bunch of people know and care about this issue.” – Anonymous
It doesn’t take much to make a big difference in the lives of children around the world! Be an advocate for the orphan today, doing what you already do!
Have you ever been stuck on a bible verse? I have been looking at Matthew 5:14-16 for a few months now. I just seem to keep coming back to it and asking God to let me fully understand it. Well, I feel like a slow learner. This time with the verse has been great, and I feel I have come to see some interesting ways of thinking about it.
But, today I realized the truest meaning I have seen yet, and it is very simple. I have been trying to make it complicated or more insightful than I should have. Here is the verse:
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” - Matthew 5:14-16
As part of my work here at World Orphans to share with you what God is doing through our ministry, I have been reading our church partner quarterly reports. As I was reading one this morning, I saw this verse come to life in a very real and amazing way. The following is an excerpt of a report from a church in Ethiopia:
“According to my evaluation, my church, in general, has been grounded in wholistic ministry. The surrounding community has been inﬂuenced by our ministry. Through the last three months, we have seen God’s empowerment in our preaching, teaching, visiting, and supporting ministries. We have seen amazing impact in the orphan ministry, as well. For example, two unbelievers came by themselves to our church. When we asked them how they were inﬂuenced, they said, ‘Your love and practical support for the poor make us want to come to Jesus.’ These two individuals recently gave their lives to Christ and are now attending our church. This is a very encouraging thing!”
WOW! Two people saw the members of the church out working in their community. When they looked closer they saw how they were caring for the poor and orphaned and were moved by that to visit the church! They saw the people, and then they saw the good works. Just like Jesus told us would happen. The result was also exactly like He said – bringing glory to God!
Please know that your support is doing great things. God is working to restore orphans, reach communities, and even enlighten a slow learner like me. I am very blessed to be able to hear what God is doing through World Orphans and my prayer is that you are too.
Two of the most frequently asked questions we receive at World Orphans are “Where do you serve?” and “Are there any openings for partnerships?” Currently we serve in 12 countries – Haiti, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, South Africa, Iraq, India, China, and Cambodia. As for opportunities for partnership, here’s a glimpse into a few of our openings…
Ebenezer Bible Church – Temba, South Africa
Located in the midst of one of the most concentrated outbreaks of AIDS/HIV in South Africa, the church has a heart for the people living in the darkest of circumstances. Years ago, while brainstorming ways to rescue orphans and vulnerable children, the church leaders felt called to open a family-style home that serves as a transitional care house for children who are in the process of being reunited with their families. Today, through their partnership with World Orphans, the church is providing a safe home, food, education, and godly counseling for 20 children.
Lebu Kale Heywet Church – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Planted in 2007, the church has grown to over 600 people. Through their passion to love God and serve others, the church leaders began visiting orphans and vulnerable children during the early stages of their church plant. As a result, many people in the community came to Christ, the church body was strengthened, and the local Muslim community was in awe of the church’s love for non-believers. Today, they are caring for 20 children through the World Orphans Home-Based Care model. The church oversees the wholistic care of the children by providing them with food, education, medical care, and counseling.
Iglsia Jesucristo Rey – Guatemala City, Guatemala
For a small church, they have an enormous heart for outreach. Their 50 members primarily consist of widows and orphans, yet despite dealing with difficult circumstances, they have partnered with World Orphans and AMG Guatemala to care for 20 orphans and vulnerable children through our Home-Based Care model.
Iglesia Mision Cristiana Dios Con Nosotros – Guatemala City, Guatemala
With a heart and passion to care for those in the violent “Red Zone” of Guatemala City, the church consists of 250 people devoted to helping rescue the drug and alcohol addicts and bringing peace to an area torn apart by gang violence. Their huge vision to see their community transformed and lives saved, led to their partnership with World Orphans and AMG Guatemala to care for 20 orphans and vulnerable children through our Home-Based Care model.
Iglesia Senderos de la Cruz – Guatemala City, Guatemala
Located near the “Red Zone” of Guatemala City, the church constantly faces the threats of gang violence, drug abuse, extreme poverty, and child abandonment. Nonetheless, they have been a beacon of hope for many people looking for a speck of light in the midst of seemingly unending darkness. Despite 50% of the community battling teen pregnancy, child abandonment, and addiction, the church has grown to over 300 members as they continue to care for the deepest of needs. Their vision to serve the least of these opened their hearts to partner with World Orphans and AMG Guatemala to care for 20 orphans and vulnerable children through our Home-Based Care model.
As you can see, each of these churches are on a relentless journey to care for those in need, but each of them can only be half of the partnership! The other half consists of churches across the United States, yet to step up…churches that not only have resources to share and the knowledge to train, but also have the humility to receive and the heart to learn. Please prayerfully consider talking to your church today about the opportunity to partner with World Orphans, so together we can empower the church to care for orphans – UNTIL THEY ALL HAVE HOMES!
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15:58
At World Orphans, we have the privilege of watching many friends who first hear about God’s heart for the orphan transition into “abounding in the work of the Lord.” One of those friends is Sharon Roesler.
In 2010, a neighbor of Sharon’s went on a Church-to-Church trip with World Orphans to Kenya. Sharon and her husband made a donation toward the trip. This was her first connection to World Orphans, but not her last.
Three years passed, when Sharon visited the World Orphans website and found our volunteer opportunities. Now we enjoy seeing her smiling face weekly, as she helps us administratively at our home office in Castle Rock, Colorado.
We may have come to be friends through a donation, meeting at a conference, or on a World Orphans trip. However we met, we are thankful for you. And like Sharon’s story, we anticipate that God will continue to use you in new ways. It is our desire to provide a place where gifts can be shared and where relationships grow, until they all have homes.
To learn about new ways to get involved, click here, or to volunteer, simply reply to this email. We welcome your friendship and the opportunity to serve together.
“A partnership is a complementary relationship driven by a common purpose and sustained by a willingness to learn and grow together in obedience to God.” – Daniel Rickett
In his book, Building Strategic Relationships, Daniel Rickett recounts a partnership story in action…
A man walking to his car saw a young boy hanging around it. Suspicious of the boy, the man asked, “What are you doing?”
“Studying this car,” the boy replied.
Yeah sure, the man thought. So, he began to quiz the boy. “What kind of car is it?” he asked.
“A 1999 Mercedes Benz,” the boy said.
“What color?” the man asked.
“Metallic burgundy,” said the boy.
After a few more questions, the man realized the little guy knew his stuff, and they began to chat. The boy asked how much he paid for the car. The man replied, “Nothing. I had a need, and my brother gave it to me.”
“Man, I wish…,” the boy started to say.
“… that you had a brother like that?” the man interrupted.
“No,” said the boy. “I wish I could be a brother like that.”
At World Orphans, we equip, inspire, and mobilize the church to care for orphans and vulnerable children. We want to see churches across the globe engaged. We want to see children restored. We want to see communities transformed by the Gospel of Christ.
One of the ways we do that is to partner with US churches who are willing to say, “I want to be a brother like that.” Why? Because in that brotherhood, we find opportune ways to engage our community to truly serve the servants of God.
Take, for example, John and Kim Silverberg from Calvary Chapel in Troy, Missouri. On a World Orphans trip in 2010, the Silverbergs found the failure rate of orphans aging out of secular orphanages to be quite alarming. Kim knew through Scripture that God has called the church to care for these orphans. As a result, John and Kim convinced their church to partner with World Orphans. In late 2010, they stepped alongside Pastor Sam Magumba and his church in Jinja, Uganda, to care for orphans and vulnerable children. As Kim states, the driving force behind all of that is that “God gets the glory when His followers are obedient to His calling to care for those in need.”
In hopes that others would see it as a partnership of brotherhood, the Silverbergs recently created the 1,000 People Project to spread awareness to the plight of the orphan and to raise funds for a primary school near Pastor Sam’s church. “People need to be shown this reality and invited to participate, or they will never leave their pews,” Kim believes. The funding goal of the Silverbergs’ 1,000 People Project is for their local community to raise $55,000 (average of $55/person) for the Ugandan school to educate the orphans and vulnerable children. “Perhaps of equal importance,” Kim says, “is that we feel God working through this ministry so much that we want to show others what we have discovered since we decided to journey outside of the four walls of our church.” To date, over the last few months, the 1,000 People Project has raised over $10,000 and expanded their brotherhood throughout their community.
Bono once said, “Distance does not decide who is your brother and who is not.”
Are you hoping to expand the walls of your church? If so, consider forming a partnership with World Orphans, and pray about whether you are ready “to be a brother like that.”
World Orphans Management Team gathered a couple of weeks ago to look back at 2013 and plan ahead for 2014. It was a time of worship, prayer, unity, fellowship, laughter, strategy, and planning.
It was a time of looking back at our history and passion of partnering with churches and affirming our vision to empower the church to care for orphans – until they all have homes; a time of reflecting on why we exist – because we believe what Scripture says about the church, the orphan, and the expansion of the gospel; and a time of commitment to our mission to equip, inspire and mobilize the church to care for orphans and vulnerable children. Churches engaged, children restored, communities transformed by the Gospel of Christ.
It was a time to celebrate our core values of dependence on God, passion for the local church, and commitment to partnership; a time of championing our aspirational values – those characteristics we are striving to achieve – we value relationships, humility, grace, family, the wholistic care of children and our staff, and the desire to do ministry with excellence.
It was a time of significant prayer for our staff, our supporters, our volunteers, our international church partners, our western church partners, for the children we serve, and a time for God to shine through it all as our hope in this world.
There is much excitement at World Orphans. We are glad 2014 is here – there is much before us. As we race ahead with our vision, goals, and plans, may we do so with great love, being ever-mindful to give praise and glory to the One who loved us first.
World Orphans believes in equipping the church to care for orphans, but what does equipping mean in it’s most complete form? Is it providing money? Is it meeting physical needs? Would you feel fully equipped if you were never encouraged? And how is one really encouraged?
Earlier this month, World Orphans sent a different kind of trip to Haiti. A Worship Trip. This was the first of its kind. We gathered 14 worship leaders and musicians from across the United States, and spent a week worshipping. We visited several of the World Orphans church partners in Port au Prince. The team took tangible gifts for the churches like instruments and sound equipment, as well as hygiene packets for families. However, these were not the greatest gifts of this trip. The most abundant blessing for both the churches and the team members, was time in the presence of God.
In our time together, relationships were built, laughter was shared, games were played, songs were sung, and worship was in it all! We visited school children in some of our church partner programs, and even got to interrupt class time to worship with them! What a delight to hear and see their young voices and hands lifted to the Lord. Our team learned alongside the churches that a lifestyle of worship is a life of sacrifice. And it is in this sacrifice that God Himself becomes everything we need.
Equipping churches goes far beyond just meeting physical needs. Wholistic care is only truly complete when we are worshipping God with everything we do, and allowing His presence to provide the things we are not capable of. God shows us in His word that He…all by Himself…is the Great Reward of worship. And He is everything we need.
In Numbers 18:20, the Lord told Aaron, “You will not have an inheritance in their land; there will be no portion among them for you. I am your portion and your very great reward.”
It is hard to believe the holiday season is upon us. As we celebrate Thanksgiving, we will gather together to give thanks to the Lord for all He has provided and to count our blessings. The next day many of you may head out during the wee hours of the morning to find the best deals so you can bless your friends and family. This is known as “Black Friday.” Maybe you don’t want to fight the crowds, so “Cyber Monday” is your day, the day you order all of your Christmas gifts online. Being a blessing to those we love is such a privilege we enjoy and share.
After these wonderful days filled with anticipation of giving to our loved ones, there is another day of giving, but this one looks a little different. This is a day for us to give to the least of these. Giving Tuesday. Tuesday, December 3, is a nationally recognized day where Americans link arms with charitable organizations and give to those in need. World Orphans is excited to be part of Giving Tuesday for the first time this year, and we are asking you, our friends, to consider a gift to World Orphans as we seek to be the hands and feet of Christ.
We are anticipating an exciting day! We look forward to sharing it with you and to what we’ll be able to do for our brothers and sisters around the world because of Giving Tuesday.
In the meantime, you can help us to spread the word! Will you tell your friends and family about World Orphans? Will you share with them how we are partnering with local churches around the world to see orphans and vulnerable children cared for in families? Would you join us in encouraging friends toward a season of generosity? God has been so good to us and has accomplished much through the ministry of World Orphans. It is our privilege to be His hands and feet to the least of the least, and we are grateful for your partnership.
As we approach Thanksgiving, it is common for us as believers to spend a significant amount of time thinking upon our many blessings, and truly they are many. Most of us can find no shortage of things to thank our Father for – not the least of which is our families.
Take a poll around Thanksgiving of things people are most thankful for, and “family” will be among the top answers you receive. For most, Thanksgiving is nearly synonymous with family, and serves as the yearly occasion to express thanks and gratitude for those closest to us.
While this holiday serves as a wonderful opportunity for us to remember and be thankful for those we hold most dear, it can also serve as a stark reminder that there are many across the globe without these same family connections. For many young girls and boys, November 28 will be just another lonely day.
Thankfully, it does not end there.
In the Psalms, we see one of the most beautiful revelations concerning the nature of our God. In Psalm 68:6, we read that He “sets the lonely in families.” What a wonderful insight into the heart of our King! He cares deeply for these little ones, and for every person dealing with feelings of loneliness and isolation.
The same Jesus who had compassion on the multitudes and welcomed the children into His arms truly cares for those who are lonely and actively watches over them. His heart is moved with love for these little ones, and in the overflow of that, He reveals Himself to be the One who loves to answer our need.
As we spend time this holiday season thinking on and thanking God for our blessings, let us remember those who do not have a family, and let us remember to pray for them.
“Father, we ask that you would comfort those today struggling with feelings of loneliness. Draw near to those without a father or mother, brothers or sisters. Be their comfort and joy. Bring peace to them and show your great love toward them. Let the church be their family and welcome them with open arms. And for those many fatherless and motherless orphans around the world, provide a place for them to call home. Do what you love to do and set the lonely in families!”
Ebenezer Bible Church (EBC) in Temba, South Africa, has been a World Orphans partner since 2008. With a passion for reaching the lost, they are ministering to their community in many ways, concluding each year with a Celebration honoring God for what He has done. In these last months of 2013, they will be focusing on community evangelism and outreach. Their orphan care program is a significant resource to the community, as they provide both ongoing and emergency care for orphaned and at-risk children.
EBC works closely with the local Department of Social Development providing a safe place for children needing emergency care, due to removal from their homes, abandonment, or other desperate circumstances. In these crisis situations, children are taken into the program and may leave temporarily for court evaluations and decisions about parental care, and, depending on the outcomes, may or may not return. The church stands ready to step in at any point to ensure the children’s well being, and actively seeks to serve and help.
They recently brought four new children into their program after neighbors alerted police that the children were being left alone for days without adult supervision. At one point when they had been left alone, their house caught ﬁre; thankfully, none were injured. Because of this neglect and negligence, they were brought to the EBC center to receive care and support.
The church is ministering to these siblings and their individual needs. One of the girls suffers from mental illness, and is showing signs of improvement and responsibility. She has been helping with cooking, even at the school! Two of the boys struggle with identity and deal with confusion, having missed the experience and balance of a healthy father and mother in their home.
On Nelson Mandela Day, the Emperor’s Bikers Club came to do community work in the center. This was a day full of fun and gifts shared from a group of bikers from around Pretoria.
There are great things happening at Ebenezer Bible Church! The church is surrounding these children, each with unique and difficult circumstances, and showing them the love of Christ. As they partner in their community, they are providing opportunity for others to serve and know the needs of these precious children, as well as improving their care and experience.