By Kevin Squires | Senior Director of Church Partnerships World Orphans exists because we believe what Scripture says about the church, the orphan, and the expansion of the Gospel. Having said that, we boast in the fact that we did not invent the model of wholistic, home-based care … we simply found it in the Word of God. The early church of Acts was fortified on the idea of community life, sharing, and spreading the Gospel. In his book The Rise of Christianity, sociologist Rodney Stark states,
Christianity revitalized life in Greco-Roman cities by providing new norms and new kinds of social relationships able to cope with many urgent urban problems. To cities filled with the homeless, Christianity offered charity as well as hope. To cities filled with newcomers and strangers, Christianity offered an immediate basis for attachments. To cities filled with orphans and widows, Christianity provided a new and expanded sense of family. To cities torn by violence and ethnic strife, Christianity offered a new basis for social solidarity. And to cities faced with epidemics, fires, and earthquakes, Christianity offered effective nursing services.
The early church understood that operating alone was foolish, so as we study their methods, we see community after community investing in one another to change the world. Still today, when churches unite together, communities begin to transform into a living, breathing Kingdom of God.
We also believe that by forming intentional, global church partnerships, we can maximize the vast opportunities God has provided our generation in terms of technology, ease of travel, and reachability. We may visit, serve, train, and learn from churches all across the world like never before, so to whom much is given, much is required.
The traction and momentum of the global church is ever increasing! Many are referring to this rise of strategic partnerships in the church as a “revolution,” but we tend to believe it is simply a “rebirth.” A rebirth that reflects what the church used to be about … expanding the Kingdom of God through Christ-centered, grace-filled community … through caring for those in need … and through loving others because He first loved us.