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Why I think it’s Good to Teach People How to “Start an Orphanage”

There is a healthy debate going on now about whether people ought to be taught how to start orphanages or not. On the Orphan Care Movement blog, this discussion was ignited by a post I wrote a few days ago advertising a course in which I teach people how to start an orphanage. Some argue that all orphanages need to be closed. Others argue that there is a role for orphanages. In this video podcast, I answer a question from a dear sister in Christ, Jessica, who is laboring right now in Africa doing the Lord’s work. Jessica had some concerns about the wisdom of teaching people how to “start an orphanage”. I think my response could benefit others interested in these matters.

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3 Comments

  1. Hello Raphaels,
    Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us. I appreciate your contribution to the blog. I agree with you when you say that “Teaching how to start an orphanage is still relevant but more importantly leading the children find families that will adopt is equally important.” Orphanages are good, but families are better and whenever we can put a child into a permanent family, that should be what we do.

  2. I live in Africa and the way things are done here are a bit different. I still feel there is a need to start and run Christian orphanages with a purpose. Without setting a good structure on ground you will be in trouble. There are many children that need care so before you get them families that they can integrate into, the orphanage becomes the right place to care.
    I volunteer to live in an orphanage home in Nigeria and care . I feel proper information will revolutionize how homes can lead the way.
    I am subscribing to the teaching because I want to help children that come to my orphanage get adopted into homes without turning the orphanage into a place where I will benefit from people instead of the kids having a better life.
    I have been following the discussion but I feel that I need to comment at this moment. Teaching how to start an orphanage is still relevant but more importantly leading the children find families that will adopt is equally important.
    I feel I can start a better orphanage and address the challenges that are steering at me right now and no one cares enough to solve the problem.

    • Hello Raphaels,
      Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us. I appreciate your contribution to the blog. I agree with you when you say that “Teaching how to start an orphanage is still relevant but more importantly leading the children find families that will adopt is equally important.” Orphanages are good, but families are better and whenever we can put a child into a permanent family, that should be what we do.