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Take My Hand & Let's Work Together

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Take My Hand & Let's Work Together

We like the notion of doing it all on our own, don't we? In a nation that celebrates self-starters, independence, and the "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" mentality, we've glorified individualized efforts and often missed out on the vast opportunities afforded by working together with one another. To be clear, individual work ethic is important and there is–of course–work that only you can do. However, are we missing the bigger picture when we do it all on our own and forget about the incredible network of people that God has made available to us? When we tackle it alone, are we accomplishing less instead of more?

3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. 4 For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, 5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7 if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8 the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness. Romans 12:3-8

 

We often look at verses like these, smile, think, "what a nice thought," and then go on with our day. The idea of fully embracing our community of believers and engaging with them in authentic ways is a beautiful concept, but we often fail to pursue it.

What would it look like to embrace our role as the Body of Christ? What would it look like if we brought our different personalities, gifts, talents, strengths, and backgrounds together and used them for good? The global church has an extravagant amount of talent, wisdom, and resources when we work together.

153 million orphaned children need us to work together to find solutions to the orphan crisis, and the solution is rooted in relationship, partnership, and the firm belief that the Body of Christ is a beautiful, powerful force. We need to hold hands on this one. The future of orphaned and vulnerable children is dependent on the global church working together . . .

Until they all have homes.

Watch our newest video to learn how we can work together for orphaned and vulnerable children.

Find out how your church can get involved in Church Partnership.

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Why Not Family?

By Jesse Blaine Cambodia

World Orphans is excited to share with you the release of a new video ‘Why Not a Family?’ presented by Uniting For Children. Uniting For Children is a movement whose purpose is to “expand the conversation about the best ways to care for orphaned and vulnerable children.”

video trailer

The full version of the video can be viewed here: http://unitingforchildren.org/video/

The continuing prevalence of institutional care for children around the world, especially among the poor, is a great challenge for our generation [1]. Despite a reduction in the number of orphans in Cambodia, the number of orphanages increased by an estimated 65% between 2005-2008 [2].   Let me repeat that in question form....how does less orphans = more orphanages?

The increase has continued since then. Orphanages are predominantly supported by foreign donors and to exist they need to keep bringing in children. Three out of four children living in orphanages in Cambodia are not orphans, they still have at least one living parent [3]. Many children in institutional environments experience developmental delay and irreversible psychological damage due to a lack of consistent caregiver input, inadequate stimulation, lack of rehabilitation and poor nutrition. Institutionalization isolates children from their families and communities and places them at an increased risk of neglect, social isolation and abuse [4]. Orphanages and shelters are a poor long-term solution and should only be a temporary and last resort.

The good news is that there is a better way and it works.

Family-based care involves keeping children with their own relatives (kinship care) or in loving substitute families (foster care). At World Orphans, we are excited to walk alongside churches as they provide home based and family based care for children.

[1] Uniting For Children 2013 www.unitingforchildren.org [2] A Study of Attitudes Toward Residential Care in Cambodia, 2011 [3] Alternative Care Report, Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation, 2008 [4] WHO, 2012 Early Childhood Development and Disability: A discussion paper

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Grace, 7, Sells Eggs to Help Orphans

When Grace, 7, was given the choice between a pet cat or a pet chicken, she chose the pet chicken because of it's ability to lay eggs. Grace immediately recognized that if she sold her chicken's eggs, she could help others in need. Now her chicken coop has grown and Grace has donated $180 to World Orphans "Shoes for orphans" and "Help orphans not get sold as slaves" funds.

Find out more about how you can help Grace on her website eggsfororphans.com and watch this short video.

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New Church Partnership in Haiti Brings Hope to Orphans

Two California churches, Daybreak Church and Generations Church, recently partnered with a World Orphans project in Haiti. Through the partnership, Pastor Pierre of the indigenous church will be able help 20 orphaned and abandoned children in his community. He will also be able to reach out to families whose lives were devastated by the earthquake.

To celebrate this partnership, a group from Daybreak Church and Generations Church traveled to Haiti to meet Pastor Pierre. This short video shows some of their favorite memories:

To find out how you or your church can get involved with World Orphans, click here.

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Ethiopian Church Expands In the Midst of Muslim Community

After visiting a World Orphans church partner in Woliso, Ethiopia West Coast Regional Director Mark Gumm reported on the church's recent activity. "The church sent out a small team of 5-6 people to do evangelism in the area outside town and had 36 people accept Christ in 2 weeks!," Gumm wrote.

"They then worked to get the government to give land to the church and then took up an offering from the main church to provide materials for the building you see in the video (shown below).  Really cool story – God continues to work through the church in Woliso," he said in an e-mail.

Since the people of Woliso and the surrounding area are predominantly Muslim, starting just one church seemed difficult and church planting nearly impossible.

But the Woliso church continues to grow despite the cultural obstacles.

"Got the story on a short video, which doesn’t really do justice to the miracle of the church plant in this predominantly Muslim community," Gumm wrote. "We are blessed to have a partner like this and to see such a great work God is doing in and through them.  We also visited 2 other church plants they’ve started – 1 of them is now totally self-sufficient and separate church."

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Iraq project seeks to help country-less Kurds

By Billy Ray | Regional Director Iraq

This link will take you into a world that few have trodden. It is the world of the largest people group on the planet without a country of their own. Click here or see below to discover a beautiful portrayal of the daily lives of Kurdish people today in Iraqi-Kurdistan.

"In the late 1970s, Saddam Hussein's army carried out a genocidal campaign against Iraq's Kurds, killing hundreds of thousands and displacing millions.

Today, in the northern region of the country known as Iraqi Kurdistan, a federally-recognized parliamentary democracy has since taken hold. The violence has stopped, and the Kurdish people have been able to set roots down again in secure, stable lives.

In 2005, photojournalist Ed Kashi spent seven weeks in the region on assignment for National Geographic making thousands of photographs of daily life across many segments of the population. Edited together in a rapid, filmic succession, the images create a collage-like portrait of a peaceful region that is full of promise, even as it sits so near an ongoing war."

-From Media Storm

 

To read Billy Ray’s blog click here.

To read more about the Soran, Iraq project or get involved click here.

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