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