Where should you start your ministry?

Start where you can win by paying a price that you can afford and are happy to pay.

Where Should YouStart where the conditions are favorable, not where the needs are greatest.
If God hasn’t given you a specific place where he wants you to start your ministry, then my advice is to start where the conditions are favorable (where you have the support that will help you thrive), not simply where the needs are the greatest. When a ministry starts, it’s like a seedling. If you put it in a climate where the weather is too harsh, the winds are too strong, there is too much drought, it will die. But if you put it in a place where the weather is favorable, it will grow, put its tap root into the ground and spread its leaves. Later, if the storm comes and the droughts come, it would not die so quickly because it has a tap root and a strong stem. Later, the seeds from this tree can then spread to other tougher places and have a higher chance of succeeding because that one seed has become hundreds, if not thousands of seeds.

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Emotional First Aid

Many times, we focus too much on physical first aid and health but pay almost no attention to emotional health or first aid. Many of the orphans or vulnerable children you will serve have encountered serious emotional injuries such as depression, abandonment, isolation, etc. Watch this great TED Talk about emotional first aid!

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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.

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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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