by Bailey KalvelageDirector of Mobilization

Why does World Orphans exist?

We exist because we believe what Scripture says about the church, the orphan, and the expansion of the Gospel.

But what does this really mean?

On my recent trip to Haiti, I had the privilege of witnessing first-hand my first C2C partnership meeting. I sat with Pastor Thony of Eglise de Dieu de la Bible of Haiti and Pastor Phillip, George and Scott, leaders of Temple Baptist Church, Mississippi. What I saw was amazing! Pastor Thony shared with his US partners about the past year: he told of a revival in his city with 2,000 people, of home visits to the sick and needy, and of their need for a larger church building because of the growing number of people being discipled. I thought, “Wow!”

As the meeting unfolded, the deep bond of partnership was palpable. Tears filled the eyes of Pastor Thony’s Mississippi partners as they expressed how honored they were to join Pastor Thony in God’s work through him in Haiti. Though countries and languages apart, they were connected to Thony’s joys and struggles, challenged by the dedication of their brother, and encouraged personally and in the work that they, as individuals and a church, have committed to in Haiti.

Jesus said, “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message,  that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me… so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” (John 17:20,21,23)

The hearts of two churches united as one in the Gospel. What started as a partnership with the goal of caring for 20 kids has grown into a partnership purposed in reaching children, families, communities, and the country of Haiti with the healing power of the Gospel.