We’re less than halfway through the year 2020. So far, we’ve gone through impeachment trials, locusts, famine, race riots, and an ongoing pandemic and economic collapse. These are obviously unstable times in which we’re living. So how does one approach the expanding world of orphan care in a rapidly changing world? We must provide as much stability as we can to the young lives in our care. Continue reading
Several years ago there was a popular bumper sticker that said: “It’s hard to soar with eagles when you’re surrounded by turkeys.” Although it was meant as a joke, there is actually a great deal of truth in those few words. Who you surround yourself with has a significant impact on everything you do. Choose carefully who you spend your time with, and who is on your team. In missions, in orphan care, and in life, quality people make the difference. Continue reading
A while back, I was sitting with a young couple who were planning on opening a new orphanage. Along with all of the important topics we covered, I asked them one key question. “Are you ready to never have a “normal” week again?” When running an orphanage there is always some disaster around the corner. Children get sick, cars breakdown, government officials can be crazy, funding is always an issue. Every week brings some new challenge that needs to be overcome. Looking back at that question in light of what’s going on in the world, maybe that’s a question we should all be asking. Are we ready to never have a “normal” week again? Continue reading
Our relationship with any authority is complicated. From an early age, we have a strong desire to rebel against authority; anyone who’s cared for a toddler will attest to this. That rebellious spirit ebbs and flows, peaking again in our teen years as we establish our identity. Contempt for, and rebelling against, authority has been going on for a very long time. Although, as a culture, we tend to admire standing up to authority, it’s rebelling against authority that originally got Adam and Eve in trouble. We have been living with the consequences of their rebellious spirit ever since. Continue reading
If your child needed to be cared for long-term by someone other than yourself, who would you feel good about? The DMV? The post office? How about the local school board? This is what society, and the church in America, has decided is best for children in need of a home, turn it over to a government agency. It has now become the government’s responsibility to care for widows and orphans.*
We are more alike than anybody wants to admit. We like to think that we’re different and unique, but when it comes right down to it, there are a lot of people who share the same qualities and quirks that we do. We are born into the same humanity, created in the image of God, and we have the same basic needs and desires. Basic survival, comfort, and a need for connection are shared by everyone. Continue reading
Anyone who works with orphaned or abandoned children can quote James 1:27 by heart: “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” It’s the go-to verse whenever one is teaching or sharing about orphan care. But references to orphans, and God’s heart for the orphan, are sprinkled throughout the Bible. If we want to care about the things that are important to God, orphans and orphan care need to be in that mix.
Below are a few biblical themes that come up often regarding orphans: Continue reading