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Wow, this is a question that I have wrestled with.  I’m sure you have, too.  Time is so valuable these days, and balancing work, kids, wife, home maintenance, church, small groups, and THEN ORPHAN MINISTRY can be quite challenging.

Many times, we have seen local church orphans ministry champions ask the question, “What can our ministry do next?”  Perhaps they have launched their ministry with a church-wide orphan-related project and now they are stuck, trying to figure out what they can do to sustain the momentum and to keep people engaged.  Maybe they have more developed ministries that have been engaged for some time, doing various projects, hosting prayer times, partnering with an orphanage, holding a fund-raising banquet, conducting adoption and orphan care awareness meetings, but they still need some new ideas.

At Hope for Orphans, we have the blessing to be networked with local church orphans ministry champions from all over the country.  Local champions that live, breathe, and dream about helping orphans!!  With their help, we have created a strategy library to help YOU as you lead your church.

Two weeks ago, I met with several local champions in Southern California.  They are on FIRE for the Lord and for seeing churches in their region mobilized to care for the thousands of children in their local foster care systems.  I visited with some of the folks from Dark to Dawn (www.DarktoDawn.org) and discussed some of their strategies.  Among many of their initiatives, they recently held an event at which emancipated youth spoke of their experiences.  What a great idea to have youth speak truthfully about what they have experienced, with the goal of having the local church step up to the challenge of loving and caring for these kids. Also, we met with a representative of the Gold Coast Orphan Alliance (www.weheartorphans.org), who conducts “House Parties” to raise awareness of the plight of the orphan.  People throw house parties for Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, Tupperware; why not use the same model for orphan care?  Sell a few T-shirts and beads made in Africa, and feed orphans for a month with the proceeds.  Invite your neighbor or family members.  Utilize that time to do what you do best – share the need, share the calling, and point people to action.

Our strategy library is constantly being changed and updated with new ideas.  We hope to have many more strategies added before too long.  If you’re looking for more ways to engage your church, or if you would like to share some of your ministry’s strategies with other local champions, please visit www.hopefororphans.org/Display.asp?Page=strategylibrary.

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