When the Elephant Dances, the Mouse May Die

Dr. Miriam Adeney, an anthropologist, missiologist, author, and associate professor of World Christian Studies at Seattle Pacific University, recounted the following story that an African Christian friend told her.

“Let me tell you a story about Americans,” an African Christian friend told her.

“Elephant and Mouse were best friends. One day Elephant said, ‘Mouse, let’s have a party!’ Animals gathered from far and near. They ate. They drank. They sang. And they danced. And nobody celebrated more and danced harder than Elephant. After the party was over, Elephant exclaimed, ‘Mouse, did you ever go to a better party? What a blast!’

But Mouse did not answer.

‘Mouse, where are you?’ Elephant called. He looked around for his friend, and then shrank back in horror. There at Elephant’s feet lay Mouse. His little body was ground into the dirt. He had been smashed by the big feet of his exuberant friend, Elephant. Sometimes, that is what it is like to do mission with you Americans,” the African storyteller commented. “It is like dancing with an Elephant.”

Elephant and Mouse

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It Costs Less to Provide BETTER Orphan Care OUTSIDE Than INSIDE an Orphanage

Several years ago, we discovered a new method of orphan care that has now become our flagship method. We started this new method of Orphan Care in response to what we believe was a revelation from God. Since then, we have seen that child development research from top academic institutions like Harvard and the University of California have supported the method.

One of our orphans lives with this family. Because I grew up in this culture and in these types of conditions, God has given me the grace to see the beauty in this lifestyle than many outsiders can. Some people might think this family is poor and needs help. But this is the average household in this community. They do need help (like we all do) but they don't need any hand outs and can definitely support one or two orphans with daily food, love, and accommodation. They may need mentoring and advise, like we all do, to maximize their efforts and get more done. They are farmers and live by working on the farm five or six days per week.

Photo: One of our orphans lives with this loving family. Because I grew up in this culture and in these types of conditions, God has given me the grace to see the beauty in this lifestyle than many outsiders can see. Some people might think this family is poor and needs help. But this is the average household in this community. They do need help (like we all do) but they don’t need any hand outs and can definitely support one or two orphans with daily food, love, and accommodation. They may need mentoring and advise, like we all do, to maximize their efforts and accomplish more. They are farmers and live by working on the farm five or six days per week.

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Orphan Care Movement Update by CAFO

The following webinar by Jedd Medefind, the President of Christian Alliance for Orphans will give you an investor update of what God is doing in the global church, especially in the U.S. as it concerns orphan care.

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Whose Dream am I Trying to Fulfill?

Before you or I start an orphanage, it’s important to ask and answer this question:

Whose dream am I trying to fulfill?

Is it my dream or the orphans dream? That is,  is it my dream to start an orphanage or is it the orphans dream that an orphanage be started? Do I have a dream to start an orphanage or do the orphans have a dream to live in an orphanage? Whose dream am I working to fulfill? Is it my dream or their dream. This question is important to answer.

Dream of living in an orphanage

Photo: Children at the Shaping Destiny Orphanage in Cameroon. I (Kenneth Acha) founded this orphanage in 2005. We graduated our first group of orphans in February 2014 and have shifted our model of orphan care due to new research findings. We still maintain the orphanage but over the last three years have  intentionally gone from 85 children in the orphanage to less than ten children right now. Our focus now is to put children in local homes. That is extremely more effective and also cheaper to do. It costs 10 times more to put a child in our orphanage than with a loving local family.

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Do You Have a Question?

questions about orphan careI get many questions from people who want to understand orphan care, start an orphanage, or start another ministry that serves orphans.  I also get questions from my blog, titled “What is Grace“. These two sites are very related. Orphan Care is how people live out the grace of God. I love to answer every single one of your questions. Post it below so that others may also benefit from your question and its response. Browse through the other questions that have been asked to see if any of them has already answered your question. If not, post your question and we will answer it shortly. If you see an unanswered question and know the answer to it, go ahead and answer it.  If your question is of a very private nature, you may contact us here>> Thanks for sharing your passion with us.

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THE DREAM SCHOLARSHIP

Do you have a dream?

Do you have a dream to become a pastor? Care for orphans? Serve as a missionary? Become an effective Christian leader? Grow as a Christian?

People with dreams have changed the world for the better when they acted on their dreams. There is nothing like a powerful dream to channel one’s passion towards accomplishing a great cause. To help people achieve their God-given dreams, Austin Bible Institute has launched a scholarship program called the “Dream Scholarship”. The dream scholarship provides partial tuition scholarships to any student who has a dream but lacks the funds to prepare herself for it.

There is nothing like a powerful dream to channel one's passion. -KENNETH ACHA- Click To Tweet Read More
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