By John Rakis | Senior Director of Donor Ministry I love college football and I love University of Michigan football.

Needless to say I am pretty excited about the hiring of Jim Harbaugh as their new head coach.

DSCN8488You may be asking, “What does this have to do with orphan care and World Orphans?” I’m glad you asked. In an article about Coach Harbaugh and the wisdom he’s learned from playing for Coach Schembechler, he said:

"The team, the team, the team. Human beings have an agency to be part of a team, to be a part of something bigger than themselves. The team is put ahead of individual wants and needs and selfishness," Harbaugh said. "To know the rewarding feeling to be a part of a team that has specific goals and to see it work at the highest level -- that's something that we all took and went on and used into whatever our profession was at the University of Michigan.”

We at World Orphans feel the exact same way about the ministry. It’s all about the team. Just look at some of the ways we are all teaming together…

  • Individuals like you pray for the churches and children
  • Donors give generously of what has been shared with them
  • Staff raise their own support so they can work here
  • International Pastors work tirelessly to help their children and communities
  • US churches are committed to helping orphans and to reaching the world with the Good News
  • Caregivers who, though they may already struggle, willingly love and sacrifice by taking in an orphan so the child is raised in a family

This team approach, not individuals but a team, is how great things happen. It is no coincidence that the University of Michigan is the football team with the most wins in the history of college football. Similarly, it is no wonder that God uses World Orphans in so many incredible ways.

When we think more of others and of a greater cause than ourselves – that is when true love comes shining through.

We are all part of a team, something much bigger than ourselves. Thanks to Jesus’s sacrifice, and the sacrifice of this team, thousands of children each year are given HOPE. They are cared for, loved, and taught that God and others really love them. Because God in Christ willingly made the ultimate sacrifice to bring victory to you, me, and millions of others, the tomb is empty! It reflects love. Reflects the defeat of death. And as such, reflects victory!

Thank you for being part of the Team! May your sacrifice and love be blessed by God.