CCIH 2012 Conference Breakout 1, Wendy McMahan, Value Transformation: Protecting Orphans and Vulnerable Children, Transforming U.S. Church Values in Orphan Engagement
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Wendy McMahan discusses the Faith to Action Initiative which provides information and resources to faith-based organizations seeking to address the needs of orphans and vulnerable children.

Wendy McMahan discusses the Faith to Action Initiative which provides information and resources to faith-based organizations seeking to address the needs of orphans and vulnerable children.

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CCIH 2012 Conference Breakout 1, Wendy McMahan, Value Transformation: Protecting Orphans and Vulnerable Children, Transforming U.S. Church Values in Orphan Engagement CCIH 2012 Conference Breakout 1, Wendy McMahan, Value Transformation: Protecting Orphans and Vulnerable Children, Transforming U.S. Church Values in Orphan Engagement Presentation Transcript

  • TRANSFORMINGU.S. CHURCH VALUESIN ORPHAN CAREENGAGEMENTWendy McMahanFaith To Action Initiativefaithbasedcareforor phans.org
  • THE ORPHAN CARE MOVEMENT• Short-term Missions $1.6 billion/year• Orphan Care is a top growth area for Christian giving
  • FAITH TO ACTION INITIATIVEThe Faith to Action Initiative is a joint initiative that providesinformation and resources to U.S. Christian churches and faith-based organizations seeking to address the needs of orphansand vulnerable children in Sub-Saharan Africa and beyond.Led by a group of organizations focused on care forchildren, the Initiative advocates for the support of family andcommunity-based approaches, rather than the building andfunding of long-term institutions as a first response to the needs ofchildren orphaned and made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS and othercauses.
  • QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER 1. Where do orphans live?
  • QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER 2. How many living parents does an orphan have?
  • QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER 3. Who does God use to help orphans?
  • QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER 1. Where do orphans live? 2. How many living parents does an orphan have? 3. Who does God use to help orphans?
  • VALUES TRANSFORMATION1. Where do orphans live? Orphanages… • Are expensive • Can only reach small numbers • Fail to meet children’s long- term needs
  • VALUES TRANSFORMATIONChildren raised in institutional settingsexperience more… • Physical delays • Mental delays • Social delays
  • VALUES TRANSFORMATIONValue: Children grow best in families.“God sets thelonely in families.” - Psalm 68:6
  • VALUES TRANSFORMATION2. How many living parents does an orphan have? 18 million Lost a mother 35 million Lost a father Lost both mother and father 101million Estimated 153 million orphans globally
  • VALUES TRANSFORMATIONValue: Family Preservation“Religion that Godour Father acceptsas pure and faultlessis this: to look afterorphans and widowsin their distress andto keep oneself frombeing polluted by theworld.” - James 1:27
  • VALUES TRANSFORMATION1. Who does God use to help orphans? • Extended family • Local community • Local church • …and you!
  • VALUES TRANSFORMATIONValue: God wants to use every person ina child’s life.“So God createdmankind in his ownimage,in the image of God hecreated them;male and female hecreated them.” - Genesis 1:27
  • OUTCOME Supporting family-based care wherever possible ensures that children grow in the healthiest ways.
  • CHURCH EXAMPLE
  • TRANSFORMINGU.S. CHURCH VALUESIN ORPHAN CAREENGAGEMENT Please pick up your complimentary copies of Faith to Action and Journeys of Faith.Wendy McMahanFaith To Action Initiativefaithbasedcareforor phans.org