Leaders Give First and Go First

In this post, Dr. Acha shares from his personal struggles and triumphs as a leader. While he was still in medical school, he started a nonprofit orphan care ministry and it was incredible difficult! He need finances to help push projects forward, but he was a struggling college student and so was everyone he knew! But then he decided to do something so scary, so challenging, but yet so inspiring…he gave first! And it opened up a stream of others seeing his sacrifice and joining in on the cause.

 

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Overlooking People’s Mistakes Works in Your Favor

When working with orphans, vulnerable children, or at-risk youth conflict is bound to happen. Children make mistakes, whether intentional or not. Even more so when they have gone through traumatic experiences like being orphaned, abandoned, or abused. In this post, you’ll learn why it’s sometimes necessary to overlook an offense and why that may be the best choice to begin with.

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How to Start an Orphan Care Ministry at Your Church

This post is written by Stephanie Eitzen, a student studying Ministry to Orphans and Vulnerable Children at Austin Bible Institute.

So you have a passion for orphan care and you want to inspire and mobilize your church to join in the cause? First of all, we are so inspired and encouraged by you! While this task can be daunting and sometimes overwhelming, we hope to give you some guidelines and ideas that will help equip you as God leads you to start this ministry. This list is not by any means exhaustive, but rather a good place to start as you and the Lord start off on this adventure together.

How to Start an Orphan Care Ministry at Your Church

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God’s Heart for the Orphan

This post is written by Stephanie Eitzen, a student studying Ministry to Orphans and Vulnerable Children at Austin Bible Institute.

God's Heart for the Orphan

Many times in life there are people who are unappreciated, abused, or abandoned. The poor, the widow, and the orphan often fall into this category. They are the forgotten…the unseen. But while the rest of the world may overlook them, God doesn’t.

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How to Shape Your Destiny

One of the most important things you can do in orphan care is teaching children that they have the ability to shape their destinies. If they grow up with a victim mentality, they will always look for handouts, always sit back and allow others to do things for them, and always have an attitude or pity. Is it true that many poor people in developing countries have less opportunity? Yes. Are they at a disadvantage simply because of their income level or country of birth? Definitely. But this does not change the fact that we all, every single human, has the power to shape their destinies. Teach them to endure, to build character, to try hard, and to believe in themselves.

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Orphan Sunday 2016

Orphan Sunday is a day for Christians to stand for the plight of the orphan. Everyone is called to care for each other, to stand up for each other, and to help each other. But as Christians, we have a explicit call from the Lord to defend the fatherless. James tells us to look after the orphan in their distress…this is what God sees as pure religion.

In November, people all over the world host an Orphan Sunday event that is locally-led. Whether you’re a pastor who wants to dedicate your sermon, a small group leader who wants to share the call with your group, hold a concert or prayer gatherings, whatever you decide — you can inspire and encourage others to participate in God’s call to care for the orphan and what we can do in response.

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