Thirteen-year old Jean became an orphan in the blink of an eye. He was outside playing when Haiti's earthquake struck. His parents and five sisters died when their home collapsed. Now Jean is living in a park with thousands of others, foraging in the rubble for food. What he desperately wants, and needs, is for someone to rescue him and take him in. (Source: AP)
People and nations all over the world are responding to the tragedy, working tirelessly with rescue efforts and trying to get medical help, food and water to the thousands in need. The rescue and long term care of these recently-orphaned children is an overwhelming burden on an already taxed system.
Yet, the answer lies within the country of Haiti itself - in its churches. World Orphans is coming alongside churches in Haiti to empower them to be the rescue and care mechanism for the untold numbers of orphaned and displaced children like Jean.
The World Orphans church-based orphan care model is the best practice for the long-term and self-sustainable orphan care that Haiti needs.
You have an opportunity to help us in several ways:
PRAY: We have a Savior who sympathizes with the pain and suffering of the least of these. When you pray, intercede with confidence, knowing that our Lord will help the children in their time of need. Pray on all occasions - with your family, friends and church groups.
GIVE: The Haitian church-based orphan care options available to us are in addition to our ongoing projects, so we need your help. Invest in the children of Haiti by investing in the churches that will rescue and care for them. Give online - click "Miscellaneous" and write "Haiti" in the memo box. (To give by mail send to PO Box 1840, Castle Rock, CO 80104.)
ADVOCATE: Become an advocate for the orphan. People will be looking for answers. Become informed about our church-based care model by visiting our Website and share with your friends who want to learn more. Contact us if you need more information.
GET YOUR CHURCH INVOLVED: As World Orphans formulates new strategies with the Haitian churches, each church will need a western church partner. Ask your leaders to contact us and we will share with them how a World Orphans church-to-church partnership works.
We know that God intends for His church to provide the solutions to a hurting and dying world (Ephesians 3:10). That's why World Orphans is working harder than ever to see each church strengthened, each child rescued and each community impacted by the gospel of Christ.
Until They All Have Homes,