It is not the physical pain that endangers orphans the most. It is the mental pain caused by stress from years and years of being neglected, pushed aside, disregarded, unloved and made to feel undeserving. Even more is the lack of unconditional love, the right to be accepted, as a child and to be loved, as a child, no matter what you do.
Can anything on earth be a greater charity, than to bring up orphans?
When a child in poverty says, “I matter,” that child has just taken the first teetering step out of poverty. The root of his or her personhood is vastly altered. The healing can now begin, from the inside out.
When we reach out a hand to help a child in need, we receive more than we give.
We Nurture the Orphan
The Foundation 4 Orphans is a blended movement of both church and secular people that advocates globally on the behalf of Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC). The Foundation 4 Orphans (F4O) serves the educational, emotional, physical and spiritual needs of orphans and vulnerable children. F4O seeks to work with persons of all backgrounds to care for the needs of Orphans and Vulnerable Children in order to build a world of peace with justice. We believe that working across national, religious, political, racial and ethnic lines is the key to building relationships that can create conditions of peace in these troubled times.
Wayne Lavender’s Petition for OVC being UMC Focus
Wayne Lavender has petitioned the General Conference of UMC for making Orphans and Vulnerable Children a unifying focus of the Four Areas of Focus.
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