By Becky Hoffman | Director of Rescue Teams Good question! A Rescue Team is a ripple effect. It is a chance to engage in something bigger than you; a chance to join the worldwide effort of caring for orphans.
Let’s back up though. Orphans need our help? Aren’t they all little red-headed girls with corkscrew curls who sing and dance with Daddy Warbucks?
Orphans are some of the most vulnerable children in the world and right now, there are an estimated 153 million orphans worldwide. These children have experienced tragedies beyond imagination. Poverty has robbed them not only of their parents, but of their hope. They are children without opportunities; children without families; children who will likely perpetuate cycles of poverty, HIV/AIDS, trafficking, prostitution, and the slavery that haunts their countries.
You change that. You can break the cycle. You can rescue orphans.
How can you do this?
A Rescue Team is two or more people who say “Yes! Count us in! 153 million orphans is unacceptable! Together, we can make a difference.”
Rescue Teams allow you, along with your family and friends, to repurpose your passions, hobbies, and interests to raise funds for World Orphans. You and your team can decide to give up your birthdays, throw a party, participate in a race, host a sale, or even create your own unique campaign.
No matter what campaign you do, the money you raise will go to caring for children at a World Orphans project of your choice. That means you will help provide food, clothing, education, and emotional care for vulnerable children. You will participate in the restoration of orphans to families and give them hope for the future.
Even more, Rescue Teams are fun! Changing the lives of orphans is awesome. Doing so through something you love, with people you love, is the icing on the cake.
Just how fun, rewarding, and life-changing Rescue Teams are became clear to me after I led my very own team. My friends and I raced in a color run to raise money for a World Orphans church partner in Cambodia. From coming up with a team name (Color Me Cambodacious), to planning for the event, to the actual race day festivities, we had a blast.
The greatest impact though came from praying and advocating for orphans together. Through our times of prayer and Bible study, we discovered the depth of God’s love for orphans. Plus, our fundraising efforts strengthened our faith in God’s provision as we watched the results quadruple from $366 to $1,500 in just one week. My friend and fellow Rescue Team member, Elyse, summarizes the Rescue Team experience well:
“Participating in this team opened my eyes to the needs of orphans around the world. Before joining, I truthfully never prayed for orphans, even though God loves them so dearly as evidenced in His Word. I was personally heart-struck by our leader's sharing of World Orphans mission and her encouragement to remember why we came together as a team - not for fitness, not even for fun (though we had lots!), but for them. I pray our efforts yield tremendous blessing for orphans in Cambodia and inspire others to start Rescue Teams as well.”
Starting a Rescue Team is easy! There are tons of resources for you to use. Plus, I will be there every step of the way to spur you on to success.
So why wait? Now’s your chance to do what you already do with your people for a purpose!