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GIVE- GROW- GO

GIVE to children globally through the local church: Giving loosens our grip on materialism, recognizes the tragic plight of children and stops the assault on children. Our hearts are often attached to our wallets.

GROW in compassion and knowledge

GO on a PEACE trip: Give children your presence. Come alongside the local church to support and empower.

Global Strategies that Work

  1. Embrace orphan care as the responsibility of every person: Not everyone can or should adopt, but everyone can care for children.
  2. Use the PEACE Plan: Watch a video of the PEACE plan here.
  3. Work through the local church: Solutions and interventions which pass by the local church are missing out on the opportunity to utilize God’s greatest resource.
  4. Consider the difference between relief and development: Providing immediate relief for children is important, but focusing on long term solutions will advance the welfare of children throughout their lifespan
  5. Promote the family: While orphanages, group homes and institutionalized care are compassionate responses to the needs of vulnerable children, research shows that a child thrives in a permanent family which lasts throughout the life-span.

Relief and Development

Relief is necessary and Biblical, Galatians 6:2 clearly says to "carry each others' burdens" and yet three verses later Galatians 6:5 says "each one should carry his own load." The difference between a burden and a load is comparable to the difference between a boulder and a backpack; each person must carry his/her own backpack, yet no one can carry a boulder alone.

This is precisely the difference between relief and development. Relief is necessary when the circumstances are too great to be handled by the local church. When there are situations that require relief, development always needs to be the goal. Development will empower the local church to handle situations that are currently overwhelming once the load becomes a burden.

Find a man/woman of PEACE

Find a pastor or person in the community who has an open and sensitive heart for orphans and vulnerable children. This person would ideally be a pastor of church member who is open to working with others to care for the vulnerable children in the local community and around the world.

Affirm the Local Church

Churches are the most influential source of care and support. Orphan care must be provided through the church in many areas. Orphans continue to receive the best care when the local church, in collaboration with other partners, is at the foundation of program development. As the distribution center for hope in a community, the local church is positioned to identify needs and support interventions for orphan care.

The Church is the Hope for the Orphan. The Church has:

  1. The largest participation
  2. The widest distribution
  3. The simplest administration
  4. The fastest expansion
  5. The longest continuation
  6. The strongest authorization
  7. The highest motivation.

Empower the local church

It is important to establish a local Steering Committee to work along with private and public sectors to partner with the local church. This partnership creates an unprecedented alliance. The linking of stakeholders from a variety of interests and expertise will help achieve broad-reaching outcomes and multi-pronged goals.

Commit to Church-Initiated Initiatives

A church-initiated initiative is determined by the local church. When the local church claims responsibility for an issue in their community it is valued and owned by the local church. This enables other public and private partners to come alongside and assist the local church on their initiatives when the burden is too large for their church to carry it alone.

The Focus on Prevention

Orphan care programs frequently focus on the child who is already orphaned. Discuss with the local church counsel the concepts of prevention. Prevention begins by recognizing the synergistic effect of HIV and orphans. One cannot care about orphans without realizing and embracing the impact that HIV has on children, leaving them vulnerable and without parents. If one cares about orphans, one must care about HIV.

The Commitment to the Family

The overall goal is to strengthen the capacity of families to protect and care for orphans and vulnerable children. Family- based care is a priority. Research has shown that children do not primarily need a home, but a family. The commitment to the family as God’s plan for the care and development of children is the basis for programs found in this Initiative including foster care, transition home- care and adoption. While culture is important in the life of a child, research has shown that what children need most is a healthy family.

Help promote family reconciliation and reunification whenever it is in the best interest of the child. Helping children find parents is also the goal of both reunification efforts and domestic adoption.

The care for people infected and affected by HIV

No country in our world has escaped the impact of HIV/AIDS. This pandemic has claimed families and destroyed communities, leaving children orphaned and responsible for their own survival. People living with HIV and AIDS have much to contribute to the orphan community. The best people to help teach prevention or lovingly care for someone who is positive are those who are HIV positive.

There needs to be a focus on wholistic care and principles of child development. The church is equipped to care for the whole person. As orphan care programs are developed, each intervention will be based on knowledge of, and regard for the child’s unique emotional, spiritual, physical, cognitive, and developmental needs.

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