3 Ways You Can Love At-Risk Children More Effectively

This post is written by Amber Kelly and Danielle Chambers, two students at Austin Bible Institute. They both have a strong love and passion for orphans, strive to get proper training to equip themselves, and work regularly with Shaping Destiny, a nonprofit orphan care ministry.

We have had the opportunity in the past to attend the Empowered to Connect conference simulcast, hosted by Grace Covenant Church in Austin, TX. While many important topics were presented, we wanted to zone in on some of the points that stood out the most to us and helped us look at orphan care in an compelling way.

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Praise: The Catalyst of Great Thanksgiving

It’s that time of the year – time to be surrounded by loved ones and filled with peace, joy, and thanksgiving for all the blessings of the past year. But how do we find genuine thankfulness? In this post, Dr. Acha shares how praise is the catalyst for great thanksgiving. This concept can be applied to orphan care as well…as orphans are often plagued with depression and doubt for good things in their lives. Teach children to be quick to praise someone for good and see how thanksgiving springs up within them.

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Dont’ Kid With Your Demons

The Bible tells us to flee from temptation (2 Timothy 2:22) but that’s not always what people do. Sometimes, we think that because we have refrained a bit, or gone some time without giving in, that we are strong enough to always resist it. However, in this post, Dr. Ken Acha teaches us that we should never kid with our demons…we should avoid those temptations altogether. When it comes to orphan care, this is important to keep in mind when it comes to each child’s own unique situation. When you are trying to determine what a child can and can’t handle, knowing bit about their history, their past struggles, will come in handy. This is what some psychologists call differential susceptibility, a hypothesis that basically states that different people vary in the degree they are affected by experiences or the environment they are exposed to. Some people are more susceptible to certain influences than others––not only to negative but also to positive ones. Keep this in mind as you read this post.

“Here is a true story.
There was a woman who struggled with quitting smoking for a long time. Then she finally made it and quit smoking for a whole year. On the one-year anniversary of her quitting smoking, she decided to smoke just one stick of cigarette to celebrate. She hasn’t stopped smoking since. She now smokes more than she ever did before and doesn’t know how to quit again. It is harder for her to quit now than it was before. She just doesn’t know how to quit anymore.” Read More…

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WWJD & WWJS : Understanding the Heart of My Leaders

When it comes to leading an organization, church, ministry, orphanage, etc. there will be many instances when you are unsure of what decision to make. Sometimes the guidelines are foggy; the rule book may be unclear. So what are you to do? In this post, Dr. Ken Acha applies the popular WWJD concept to this situation and teaches us that sometimes understanding why someone makes certain decisions is the key.

If you are familiar with Christian lingo, you may have heard the abbreviations WWJD and WWJS. They stand for, what What Would Jesus Do, and What Would Jesus Say.

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Newsletter #007 – Tap Into What’s Inside

I remember an ancient proverb which says, “The purpose in a man’s heart is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out.” I think that’s so true! Love is also like that. Sometimes, we wait for love to simply flow when we have to draw it out or milk it out.

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The Curse of Wisdom

You’ve heard the saying “Be careful what you wish for.” Many times, people desire good, wonderful things without every considering the responsibility that accompanies them. We may wish for more money, but with that comes the potential for greed, wasteful spending, or exploitation from others. We may wish for a huge, growing ministry, but with that comes the potential of being in the public eye, openly criticized, or overwhelmed with stress. The same is true for the amazing gift of wisdom. We should be aware of everything else it may bring us.

A lot of people desire to be wise and discerning. Many of us want to have the kind of wisdom that enables us to see things ahead of our time; to discern what will happen when everybody else cannot yet see it.

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Why I Work Harder to Please People Now

When it comes to poverty alleviation, orphan care, or international missions you are going to have to deal with a lot of heavy truth. Sometimes, our passion drives us to spurt out the hard truth with such force that it can actually do more harm then good. In this post, Dr. Kenneth Acha talks about marrying the truth with love and how caring for other’s feelings is key in proper communication.

“When I was younger, just a few years ago, I used to be brash and “tell it like it is”. All I cared about was the truth as I saw it. I didn’t care about the impact my words would have on the listener. If you felt bad about it, too bad. Go deal with it.” Read More…

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