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This is an exciting time as Saddleback PEACE Teams are helping children get of orphanages and into families. You or your family can make a difference in ways you’ve always dreamed of by participating in an Orphan Care trip to Rwanda! 

Children in Rwanda are learning about the love of Jesus through the love of a family of their own. You can help local churches as they partner with the Rwandan government, which has decided to empty all its orphanages by 2014. Of the 35 orphanages, 5 have already been emptied as children are placed into permanent families within Rwanda.

Orphan Care PEACE trips will do a variety of activities to help the local church.  We’ll provide the training you need before you go so that you can train local churches in things like the benefits of families, why orphans need to leave orphanages, assisting newly adoptive families, and very basic training of lay social workers using the community PEACE model. The average trip is about two weeks long.

Trips are scheduled throughout summer and fall, and more will be opening up soon.

Come to the Rwanda Trip Information Meeting on April 24th from 6:30 to 9pm in the MO2 Gathering Room at the Lake Forest campus to hear more about trips, ask questions, and learn how you can make a lasting impact in the life of a child!



If you’ve ever thought about adopting or fostering, Thinking About Adoption is the place 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!

6:30-8:30pm in the MO2 Gathering Room.


This Wednesday, March 27th, you are invited to attend the Orange County screening of STUCK, a new award-winning documentary film that uncovers the personal, real-life stories of children and parents navigating a roller coaster of bureaucracy on their journeys through the international adoption system, each filled with hope, elation – and sometimes heartbreak.

The movie screening will be followed by a live Q&A with Elizabeth Styffe, Director of Saddleback Church’s Global Orphan Care Initiative.

The screening starts at 7:00pm at Regency Rancho Niguel. Tickets can be purchased in person at will call or in advance online at:

To view the trailer for STUCK, visit:

Looking to get involved, go on a trip or find out more about Saddleback’s Orphan Care Initiative?

This Saturday is Global PEACE Night – a great time to connect with people who have a heart for orphan care, share experiences, and hear from one another about what God is doing through PEACE around the world. You will also have the opportunity to connect with members who have gone on trips for PEACE to Rwanda and the 12 Cities.

Get your questions answered, sign up for a trip, and learn what's new with PEACE and the orphan care initiative!

Global Night is March 23, at 6:30pm in Tent 1 on the Lake Forest campus.

I hope that in the future, I will be able to empty orphanages. I want orphans to become sons and daughters instead of orphans. There have been orphanages for a long time and I think it’s time to start to empty them. I believe every child needs a mom and a dad, and every child needs a home and a family and someone to love them forever....


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