Loving, Stable Families
We believe every child deserves to grow up in a loving, stable family.
But that’s not the reality for millions of children around the world who are currently orphaned or abandoned without a family to call their own. Families and children who are left vulnerable end up trapped in poverty, risk being trafficked, and have little hope of a different future.
A hungry child can’t learn. A family living under a tarp can’t be safe from the elements. If basic needs aren’t met, you can’t expect prosperity. However, it’s not just a lack of material resources that leave families in poverty and children abandoned. Where there is a breakdown in healthy relationships and a lack of support systems, vulnerable children and families don’t have the critical resources necessary to succeed.
All solutions are not equal
Let’s be clear, institutions aren’t families. Warehousing children doesn’t work. Meeting only basic needs is not enough. Without the relationships necessary for healthy growth, the cycle of poverty will only continue. It’s about wholeness, the wholeness that comes through relationships developed in a stable, loving family: a forever family.
Doesn’t have to be this way
We were not meant to go through life alone. In order to love others well, we need to know we are loved. That love is the foundation we build on. Poverty, disease, abuse, neglect - these aren’t just the issues of developing countries. When we come together to serve and love the people around us, our neighbors, that’s when our communities change. But if we pretend we don’t see it, we become the problem.
We believe every person is made in the image of God and loved beyond measure. So if we believe that is true, it’s our calling to love those around us, to care for orphans and widows in their distress - James 1:27.
A New Standard
Family. Dignity. Hope.
At every opportunity, keep biological families together. When that is not possible, recreate family for those who have lost their own. Each person, child or adult, deserves to be treated with dignity. Regardless of their situation, everyone comes with assets, gifts and talents and those must be nurtured. Hope in and of itself isn’t a strategy, but when families and children know love, have been equipped and feel empowered, they will have hope for a bright future.
Let’s change forever together.