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Online Resources

We have compiled a list of online resources centered around helping the husbandless and fatherless. If you are looking for additional resources to help your church or ministry, these organizations and resources would be a great starting point.

The Orphan Care Initiative comes out of Saddleback Church, which has developed partnerships with churches in Rwanda to address the orphan crisis in that country. The Initiative provides thoughtful insights for any individual or church considering getting involved with ministry to orphans.

Orphan Sunday is licensed to the Christian Alliance for Orphans as a registered trademark of Every Orphan’s Hope. Orphan Sunday occurs every November in churches throughout the world. Events are locally led with the goal of rousing individuals and churches to respond to God’s call to care for the orphan. Orphan Sunday provides a plethora of resources to assist churches to hold events. Watch a video on how Orphan Sunday got started!

A widow began this ministry to encourage, inform, and empower widows with a Biblical foundation. The ministry partners with organizations and churches in Africa to assist widows with resources for micro-enterprise. Widow Connection also provides a DVD Bible study series, and offers insights on how individuals and churches can start ministries to widows in their communities.

Lifesong for Orphans seeks to mobilize the church, His body, where each member can provide a unique and special service: some to adopt, some to care, some to give. Lifesong provides adoption grants and loans for families and helps churches to set up adoption funds. Lifesong also provides speakers on topics related to orphan care.

Orphan Care Resources is hosted by The CoMission for Children at Risk. The website provides a comprehensive orphan care resource and event directory which serves as a repository for the most recent and relevant information on caring for orphans.

Widows Harvest Ministries has been working since 1987 with the mission to plead the case of, provide assistance to, and promote the spiritual growth and ministries of widows. Widows Harvest works primarily in Tennessee and Kenya, focused on home repair and prayer groups.

Online Resources

The Christian Alliance for Orphans unites more than 100 respected Christian organizations and a national network of churches. Working together, our joint initiatives inspire, equip and connect Christians to reflect God’s heart in caring for orphans in adoption, foster care and global orphan care initiatives. The Alliance provides information on events, resources, and orphan care ministries from across the US and the globe. Their signature event is Summit, an annual conference that brings together pastors, lay leaders, advocates, and individuals to be encouraged and equipped to care for orphans.

Online Resources

The Christian Alliance for Orphans unites more than 100 respected Christian organizations and a national network of churches. Working together, our joint initiatives inspire, equip and connect Christians to reflect God’s heart in caring for orphans in adoption, foster care and global orphan care initiatives. The Alliance provides information on events, resources, and orphan care ministries from across the US and the globe. Their signature event is Summit, an annual conference that brings together pastors, lay leaders, advocates, and individuals to be encouraged and equipped to care for orphans.

Resources for Working with the Marginalized

The Chalmers Center at Covenant College is a research and training organization that equips churches with economic development strategies that holistically empower people who are poor. By uniting cutting edge research, micro-economic development interventions, and social entrepreneurship principles, the Chalmers Center grows the capacity of the local church to transform the lives of low-income people without creating dependency. The Chalmers Center provides trainings and manages the Helping Without Hurting network based on the principles explained in the book When Helping Hurts.

Five Talents fights poverty, creates jobs and transforms lives by empowering the poor in developing countries through innovative savings and microcredit programs, business training and spiritual development… Five Talents offers its entrepreneurs the consistent spiritual support necessary for transformed lives. Each entrepreneur learns about God’s love, intention, and desire to transform her and her community.

At Tearfund, what drives us is a belief that the local church is a powerful force for transformation in communities living in every kind of poverty. Inspired by the example and teaching of Jesus, we recognize that people have deeply interconnected material and spiritual needs, and we seek to meet those needs by working through our local church partners. Tearfund offers resources on church and community mobilization, including a comprehensive set of training manuals called Umoja.

Life In Abundance is mobilizing the local church to restore health, renew hope and inspire lasting transformation for the world’s most vulnerable families…Our transformational development model cultivates local leadership through the Church and requires the participation and ownership from the community itself.

World Renew’s mission is to engage God’s people in redeeming resources and developing gifts in collaborative activities of love, mercy, justice, and compassion… Compelled by God’s deep passion for justice & mercy, we join communities around the world to renew hope, reconcile lives, and restore creation.

Suggested Reading

Care of Orphans:

Guiding Principles and Best Practices, Complete Version
Daren Beck

When Helping Hurts:

How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself
Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert

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email: admin@gatherandcare.com