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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Newsletter #004 – Express Yourself in the Best Way

I hope you are having a great week so far. For this newsletter, I want to share with you two articles that I think will add value to you. If you are in ministry or business, both written and spoken communication are crucial tools for connecting with people and influencing them positively.

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Teaching: Why It’s Not About Head Knowledge or Eloquence

When caring for orphans, it’s easy to think that the more you know, the better you are. If you could just learn everything about orphan care, about poverty alleviation, about starting a ministry…then you’d be the best. Although those competencies are good and right, they are not all there is. As you read this post by Dr. Kenneth Acha, reflect on your heart condition. Have you become a servant to those you are reaching out to?

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