Looking to get connected to Orphan Care at Saddleback Church? May and June are action-packed with opportunities to learn more and serve!
Check out the variety of opportunities below, and feel free to let us know if you have any questions! (call us at 949-609-8555 or email email@example.com)
Thinking About Adoption & Foster Care
Have you considered adopting or fostering, but aren’t sure how to get started? This is the place for you! Families from our church who have adopted and fostered share helpful overviews and answer your questions in a no-pressure environment.
We have three different nights for you to catch the seminar and get your questions answered:
Monday May 12th – 7-9pm in MO2 (the small portable office on the Lake Forest campus)
Thursday, May 15th – 7-9pm in Room 404 (in the portable classrooms across from Tent 1)
Wednesday, June 4th – 6:30-8:30pm in MO2 (the small portable office on the Lake Forest campus)
SPECIAL EVENT with Milan & Kay Yerkovich, authors of How We Love
Healthy attachment is the key to great families, and great adoptive and foster parenting. Using attachment theory, experts Milan and Kay Yerkovich have created the tools to take your relationships to the next level. Come learn your attachment style, how to grow your marriage, and take your parenting to the next level at this unique event.
Saturday, June 21st – 9am – 12pm The Plaza Room, Lake Forest Campus
Register HERE: http://saddleback.com/event/11637464971/event
Orphan Care Volunteer Gathering
Our monthly orphan care volunteer gathering is a great opportunity to hear all that is going on locally and globally with orphan care, and get plugged in to serving opportunities! Connect with others in our ministry with a heart to make a difference in the global orphan care crisis.
Sunday, June 1st – 4-6pm in the upstairs Refinery classroom
Global Orphan Care Skills Training
You can make a global impact! In this training, you will learn how to empty orphanages and help orphaned children find their forever families. If you are considering going on a PEACE trip, or just want to know more, join us for skills training!
Saturday, June 14th – 8:30am – 12:00pm in Tent 2
Local Orphan Care Orientation
If you have a heart to serve orphaned children here in our own community, come to the local orphan care orientation to hear about the different opportunities, and how you can make a difference in the life of a foster child or adoptive family! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Tuesday, May 13th – 7-9pm in the Plaza Room
Questions? Email email@example.com or call 949-609-8555.
The Orphan Care Iniative is coming alongside local churches as they partner with the Rwandan government in the effort to empty all the orphanages in Rwanda and place those children into loving, lasting, legal famlies. Part of this effort is our Rwanda Orphan Sponsorship program, which provides Rwandan families with the financial support needed to be able to take an additional child into their home, allowing the child to become a son or daughter, and not an orphan any longer.
We are so grateful to the support of our Rwanda Orphan Care Sponsors - check out the impact that their generosity, combinded with the efforts of the PEACE Plan working in local churches, is making:
OUR GOAL IS TO ASSIST THE RWANDAN CHURCH AS THEY GET TO ZERO. ZERO CHILDREN LIVING IN RWANDAN ORPHANAGES.
ORPHAN CARE SPONSORSHIP HAS HELPED AS:
· 1,500 children leave the orphanage and join a family of their own
· 15 orphanages close completely
“ When my parents died of AIDS, I thought it mean I would be an orphan for all of my life. Now I realize there is hope for a family.” - An orphaned child in Rwanda
WE ARE DOING THIS BY MOBILIZING THE LOCAL CHURCHES IN RWANDA THROUGH THE PEACE PLAN TO CARE FOR ORPHANS IN THEIR COMMUNITIES.
· 3,000 pastors and church members received training in orphan care
· The message of “God’s Heart for the Orphan” was preached in 22 churches across Rwanda
· One of our own Rwandan PEACE staff adopted a 10-year-old named John
“We have a long way to go. Everyone cares about orphans, but we had not realized that it is best for the child to come into a home.” - Rwandan church member
VOLUNTEERS FROM LOCAL CHURCHES ARE TRAINED IN HOW TO COME ALONGSIDE FAMILES THAT ARE TAKING IN CHILDREN FROM THE ORPHANAGE.
· 150 volunteers and government social workers have been trained in how to care for families and children
FAMILIES WHO NEED FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO TAKE IN A CHILD FROM THE ORPHANAGE ARE ABLE TO RECEIVE SUPPORT FROM THE RWANDA ORPHAN SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM.
SPONSORSHIP THIS MONTH HELPED:
· Families provide school fees, medical insurance and basic necessities for the child they welcomed into their home.
· Families join a savings group to learn how to make their income sustainable.
· Families multiply dividends from their sponsorship funds.
“People do not realize that just because we are poor, it does not mean we are not good parents.” - A mother in Rwanda
THERE IS STILL MORE TO BE DONE: The Rwandan government has asked the PEACE Plan to take a greater role in deinstitutionalization, working in every area where government social workers are focused.
If you would like to sponsor a family in Rwanda to take in a child from the orphanage, please click here. To visit Rwanda and make a difference on an Orphan Care PEACE trip, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the Orphan Care Initiative?
The Bible makes it clear that God cares deeply about the orphans of the world and expects His people to do the same – in fact, He uses our care for orphans as a benchmark of our faith. “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress…” James 1:27
The Orphan Care Initiative of Saddleback Church exists to provide meaningful ways for every person to engage in caring for orphans through local churches at home and around the world.
We believe that every child deserves a family. The best thing we can do for the orphan is to help them join a family so that they are no longer an orphan, but a son or daughter. To reach the vision of every child with a family of their own, locally and globally we work to help children remain in family, reunite with family, or regain a family through adoption.
There are simple things everyone can do to help move children one step closer to a loving, lasting, legal family of their own. Here are some examples of opportunities in the Orphan Care Initiative:
Orphan Care Skills Training Wondering what you can do practically to serve orphans locally and globally? Orphan Care Skills Training will be a great foundation to learn simple things everyone can do to help end the orphan crisis. Mark your calendars for June 14th from 8:30am to 12:30 in Tent 2. Email email@example.com for more info.
Trauma-informed care classes Most orphans and institutionalized children suffer from childhood trauma. Understand of the effects of trauma on attachment and what to do to promote attachment and trust with children from hard places and traumatic backgrounds. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Volunteer with Orphan Care You can make a difference serving with Orphan Care! We have many opportunities get involved – examples of volunteer needs include: blog writing, social media, events, office admin, and anything else you have a passion for! If you have a heart to serve in the office or at church, we’re here to help you get connected! Email email@example.com to get involved.
Consider fostering or adopting If you’ve ever thought about adopting or fostering, we have a place just for you! Come get accurate information, simple overviews, and your questions answered. Hear from ordinary people who have adopted in a no-pressure, friendly environment. Learn God’s heart for adoption, and simple ways to take your next step. Join us the first Wednesday night of every month from 6:30 to 8:30pm in the MO2 building of the Lake Forest campus (the smaller portable office building).
Support important Orphan Care legislation Did you know that right now the US House and Senate are considering legislation that would help ensure that American efforts for children are focused first on finding orphans permanent families? CHIFF (Children in Families First), would also help streamline international adoption, making it easier on American families waiting to adopt. Click here to sign a petition and email your members of Congress to support CHIFF.
Rwanda Orphan Care PEACE Trips Saddleback PEACE Teams are helping children get out of orphanages and into families! You can help local churches as they partner with the Rwandan government, which has decided to empty all its orphanages by 2014. Out of the 3,000 children who started out in orphanages, 1,500 have already gone home to a family in Rwanda. Orphan Care PEACE trips will train local churches in promoting adoption, assisting newly adoptive families, and training lay social workers within churches. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Sponsor a family in Rwanda Did you know that for $38 a month or a one-time donation, you can help support a family to be able to take in a child from the orphanage? Your sponsorship provides for basic necessities, school fees, and medical insurance. Families on sponsorship are required to join a savings group and tithe to their local church. Click here to sign up online.
If you have questions or would like more information on any of these opportunities, please email email@example.com or call 949-609-8555.
The Rwanda Orphan Care Sponorship is changing the lives of families in Rwanda, and helping once hopeless children find the love of a family!
You can help empty orphanages by becoming a sponsor! $38 a month helps a family take in a child from the orphanage and provides them with school fees, medical insurace and everything needed to help them transition to their new home! Gifts go directly to the family through the local church. To help make sponsorship funds sustainable, families on sponsorship are required to join a savings group and tithe to their church.
Together, we are "getting to zero" - zero children living in Rwandan orphanages.
To learn more and begin sponsoring a family, click here.
Below is a quick update on a real family whose lives have been changed by sponsorship!
“It was such an honor to meet Josephine. She was the first home we saw when we went with the local church to visit families living on less than 68 cents a day. When we set out through fields and dirt roads to meet her, our contact had a difficult time finding her as she often struggled to pay her rent and was forced to move around a lot.
Josephine lost her husband in the genocide and has one biological child. Her circumstances have not stopped her from taking in four orphans from different families. I was so touched by her grateful heart despite the fact that her family often has days where no one gets to eat.
When we got to her home she was crying tears of joy that we were there to visit her. The living conditions in her mud brick home were SO tight we all had to shimmy past the corrugated tin door to crouch together on the dirt floor. It struck me that this family has no running water or electricity. Regardless of these conditions, Josephine was thankful to God and only focused on the good in her life. She never complained, but only expressed to us how blessed she is by her children. She was a proud mama bragging about how smart and polite her five children are. It was so touching to see her focus on the gifts God has given her rather than focus on what she doesn't have.
Now, thanks to the gifts of people like you, Josephine is a part of the orphan sponsorship program. She can feed her children, send them to school, and enroll them in medical insurance with fewer financial hardships."
If you would like to become a sponsor and help families like Josephine's, please visit saddleback.com/sponsorship.
You can go on an Orphan Care PEACE trip and make an impact firsthand! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.