Beware of Adoption Scams

It’ terrible to think that people could take something as beautiful as adoption and turn it into something so devious and deceptive. But that is an unfortunate trend that is appearing across the U.S. In this CNN report, hear the story of Mata, a young girl who is adopted by a loving family in Ohio only to have them discover a hidden secret about Mata’s biological family. Whether you’re pursuing adoption, run an orphanage that is open to adoption, or educating yourself on effective orphan care, please beware of these types of scams that are not unique.

“The 7-year-old girl, dressed in bright pink and holding one of her favorite stuffed animals, sees her mother for the first time in nearly a year. A brilliant smile spreads across Namata’s face, punctuating her excitement.

She and her mother are speaking via Skype more than 7,400 miles apart. Namata, or Mata as she’s known, talks from the home of her adoptive parents in Ohio. Her mother watches via a laptop in Uganda, in a quiet spot away from her village.
‘Hello,’ Mata says. ‘How are you doing?’
Mata beams, as does her adoptive mom, Jessica Davis. As the conversation continues, Mata wants answers. She wants to know why her mother gave her away. By the time the call ends, Mata’s radiant smile has turned to sobs. ‘My mom was tricked,’ she says. ‘My mom was tricked.'” Read More…
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People Are Motivated By Vision, Not Need

Whether you’re trying to encouarage people to join your orphan care ministry, train up and inspire new leaders, or fundraise and appeal for donation, this blog will help set you off in the right direction! Many times, people try to persuade others to do something through inadvertent guilt trips. But this is not the way to go! In this post, Dr. Kenneth Acha talks about how much more effective talking about vision is than talking about needs.

“Vision motivates and inspires people. Needs depress and turn off people. A great vision inspires people and moves them to desire to come on board and help accomplish the vision. I advise leaders not to focus on the needs they need help to solve but on the better future that the help will provide. That better future is the vision.” Read More…

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Are You Cut Out to Start an Organization?

Starting an Organization

There is a spiritual gift called the gift of apostleship. Apostles are created from birth (see Jeremiah 1) and called to serve God by starting new churches and new ministries. By apostles, I’m not only referring to the apostles of Christ like Peter or people like Paul. I’m referring to the millions of people before and after them who have been designed by God and gifted to start new institutions whenever God wants to work through an institution such as a church, ministry, etc. In addition to being created or designed and called, apostles are gifted by the Holy Spirit to do what they do. All three go together: Design, Calling, and Gifting.

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Healing, Forgiveness, and Direction

Hi, I’m Stephanie. When I was 21 I went to volunteer overseas in Cameroon, West Africa with Shaping Destiny, an orphan care ministry that makes disciples and serves the poor locally and abroad. I had a heart full of compassion and the desire to serve wherever I was needed, but when I first came to volunteer with the ministry I was very damaged from my past. After wandering from my faith and living a sinful life for a number of years, I finally decided that I wanted to return to the Lord and commit myself to being used by Him. I had the chance to start over and my passion for orphans, paired with my newfound love for God, led me to enroll and begin taking classes at Austin Bible Institute.

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It’s Hard to Have Faith if You Don’t Do This One Key Thing

After preaching today’s Sunday sermon, our pastor invited people to come to the front and pray for God to give them a burden for lost people in our city. This is something I’ve been seeking for some years now. Ordinarily, I would have gone to the front. But somehow, I didn’t today. Instead, I chose to pray right where I was sitting. As I was praying, I believe God said this to me:

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8 Filters for Making Wise Decisions

Everything you do in life, whether personal decisions, ministry decisions, or interpersonal decisions, can direct — or misdirect — you. This is extremely important when leading a ministry or guiding children in orphan care. Everything we do is based on decisions and the livelihood of many other people can depend on you and the decisions you make. In this post, Dr. Kenneth Acha teaches 8 key filters for making wise decisions. Use these and hopefully they will guide you, and the children you serve, well.

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You Don’t Love Someone Until…

You don’t love someone until you know their weaknesses and still love them the same. We can all love a person when he or she does the kinds of things we love and agree with. But what happens when they don’t do what we want? When working with the poor or orphaned and vulnerable children, odds are they will do things that you don’t like. So, how do we react? 

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