LOVEM Orphan Care

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Mission Statement

Mission Statement
Our mission is to meet the spiritual, physical, and emotional needs of orphans around the world.

Overview of Ministry Activity

Vision

Our vision is to mobilize the body of Christ to meet the needs of orphans.

* Share the Gospel with orphans and disciple those who have accepted Jesus
    o Organize VBS camps
    o Develop mentoring relationships
    o Evangelize through sports and recreational activities
    o Lead Bible studies
    o Teach Biblically based ESL classes

* Equip orphans with life skills
    o Prepare orphans with trades/skills
    o Provide transitional homes

* Provide for the physical needs of orphans
    o Supply humanitarian aid
    o Coordinate medical treatment

* Advocate for adoption
    o Arrange camp-to-adopt programs
    o Build database of information on adoptable children


Biblical Basis

* “Pure and lasting religion in the sight of God our Father means that we must care for orphans and widows in their troubles, and refuse to let the world corrupt us (James 1:27 NLT).”

* “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you (Matthew 28:19-20 NKJV).”

* “He executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and shows His love for the alien by giving him food and clothing (Deuteronomy 10:18 NASB).”

* “Vindicate the weak and fatherless; Do justice to the afflicted and destitute. Rescue the weak and needy; Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked. (Psalm 82:3-4 NASB).”


Needs of Orphans

Many orphans will never be adopted, and they live in an environment where they will never hear the Gospel. Of the millions of orphans around the world Christian families adopt only a few thousand each year. The number is astounding.

* 5.5 million orphans in Africa
* 3.5 million orphans in Asia
* 1.5 million orphans in Eastern Europe
* Nearly 400,000 orphans in Latin America
* Over 135,000 children in the US foster care system[1]



Most orphans have no hope of adoption and spend their entire childhood institutionalized. Once an orphan comes of age (usually between the ages of 14 and 16), they are forced to leave the orphanage, and they must learn to live in their society with little training, little or no support, and no home. Unfortunately, many choose an unhealthy and even dangerous lifestyle. In Russia for example, in their first year away from the orphanage, 70% of girls turn to prostitution and 70% of boys begin a life of crime while 10% of boys and girls will commit suicide. These sad statistics are common in many of the countries of the world. Where orphans lack life skills their prospects for work are poor. With no support system and no job, a young man or woman is left without hope.



Children are more receptive to the Gospel of Christ than adults. Eight-five percent (85%) of Christians accept Christ before the age of 14.[2] Therefore, it is critical to not only prepare orphans for their future life, but also give them multiple opportunities to learn about Christ while they still young and much easier to reach. Although we will be working to meet spiritual, physical and emotional needs of all orphans, our evangelistic and adoption efforts will focus primarily on orphans between the ages of 8 and 16.


Method of Support

We will be responsible for raising 100% of our support. We will do this by making our needs known and by giving people opportunities to be personally involved in our ministry. We will be organizing numerous mission trips and summer camps each year to a variety of countries. As we lead teams to meet the needs of orphans, many team members will leave with the desire to support orphan ministry and adoption. We will make our financial needs known and will rely on God to provide the way.

Detail Plan

Our purpose is to meet the needs of orphans by involving the Body of Christ in the fulfillment of James 1:27.


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VBS Camps

Most of the CIS (former Soviet Union) countries require orphans to have a camp experience each summer. We will work with orphanages and churches in the host countries to organize VBS camps. We will also lead short-term mission teams to the countries to help with these camps.
Mentoring Relationships

We will train and equip local believers in the host countries to develop mentoring relationships with orphans. This will help the orphans feel loved and significant and give credibility in sharing the gospel. This will also help with the transition into society once the child nears the age of being forced to leave the orphanage.
Sports and Recreation Evangelism

We will seek permission from governments to set up sports and recreation programs for orphans. We would like to initially staff this program with interns who will have the task of making the sports programs evangelistic.
Bible Studies

We will encourage local churches in the host country to teach Bible studies for the orphans. The primary purpose of the Bible studies is to disciple new believers, but the Bible studies will also provide additional avenues for presenting the gospel.
English as Second Language (ESL) Classes

We will lead short-term mission teams into the countries to teach ESL classes to orphans. Most of these developing countries treasure their children being taught conversational English. We will use ESL material that is evangelistic in nature.


Equip

Trades/Skills

We will work with existing local churches in the host country as well as other organizations to set up a system for orphans to be trained for a legitimate trade. Orphans will receive this training while they are living in a Christian foster home. We will also work with the churches to be sure orphans have a support system once they leave the orphanage.


Transitional Homes

We will work with local churches and Believers to set up a network of Christian foster homes for orphans who are transitioning out of the orphanage and into society. These Christian families will re-enforce other evangelistic and discipleship activities. The families will also provide a more intimate mentoring relationship for the orphan to learn how to be productive in their new environment.


Provide

Humanitarian Aid

Many of the countries that have large numbers of orphans have very poor economies. The orphanages are often unable to provide for the basic needs of the orphans in their care. For example, in some orphanages the young children are given tea to drink because they have little or no formula. We believe that the people in the United States have been materially blessed for the purpose of sharing with people in the countries that have greater need. Since many governments are unable or unwilling to meet these needs, the believers in our country may be the only hope for these children. To meet these needs, we will collect items that are most needed and organize mission teams to deliver them. We will also cooperate with other organizations that may already be delivering humanitarian aid. Additionally, our teams will carry aid items as they go for medical, educational, and construction projects.
Medical Treatment

The future for orphans that have special needs (cleft lip, missing limbs, etc.) is dismal. We will partner with existing ministries that bring special needs children to the U.S. for medical treatment. As we carry out our other work in the country, we will identify children that fit the profile for these organizations and work with them and our other contacts in the countries to obtain a medical visa, medical treatment in the U.S., etc. Even if the child is never adopted, if the need is corrected, the child has an opportunity to learn to support himself or herself. The host family in the U.S. will become an advocate for the adoption of the child that they host.


Advocate

Camp-to-Adopt Program

Very few children over the age of 3 will be adopted. In one particular region of Kazakhstan, no child over the age of 3 has ever been adopted. Many families have fears of adopting an older child. The camp-to-adopt program will allow families to spend some time with an older child so that they can see how he or she fits into their family. We will bring adoptable orphans to the United States so that potential adoptive families can meet them. We will also provide a Vacation Bible School and ESL event so that they will be exposed to the gospel. Historically, this approach has been very successful in locating families to adopt these children that otherwise would never be adopted.
Database of Children

Where the host country permits, we will set up a database of adoptable children. As believers visit with the children and minister to the children in the orphanages, they will take pictures and video, write narratives, and record information about the personalities of the children. This information can then be used to advocate for the adoption of these children.



[1] Family Life’s Hope for Orphans

[2] Child Evangelism Fellowship

Organization Contact Information
Phones:+1 912-462-8581
Websites/Social:www.lovemorphancare.org
Address:
P.O. Box 1041
Nahunta, GA 31553
United States
 
 
 
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