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How BBC is Caring for Orphans in Haiti

by Dan Cruver Published May 21, 2010

Bethlehem Baptist Church (BBC) is participating in World Orphans‘  church-to-church Orphan and Vulnerable Child (OVC) Program. I had the privilege of meeting the pastor of the Haitian church with which BBC is partnering. John and Noel Piper are visiting this church next week.

From BBC’s Global Diaconate blog:

Following the devastation of the January 2010 earthquakes in Haiti, Bethlehem’s Global Diaconate task force members began following the Haiti Orphan Relief Team as we were searching for opportunities to bless our Haitian neighbors and children who had been orphaned.

Bethlehem, through the initiative of the Global Diaconate, is participating in a Church to Church “C2C” Partnership with World Orphans OVC (Orphan and Vulnerable Child) Program in Haiti that is the result of the HORT trips.

The OVC Program exists to strengthen local indigenous churches’ abilities to care for orphans in their own community. These local churches are partnered with western church partners who provided prayer and financial support, as well as short term missionary team visits to their local church partner. World Orphans have done over 500 indigenous church based orphan care projects worldwide and have established approximately 27 of these C2C Partnerships. They are now working to set-up a number of partnerships between US and Haitian churches as a means to care for orphans and vulnerable children in the aftermath of the Haitian earthquakes. The Global Diaconate is excited to participate in this program and to begin to connect the church to the needs of a Haitian church and the children for whom it is caring. World Orphans is still looking for three more American churches to join in this first stage of partnership.

Bethlehem Global Diaconate funding will be used for one of these C2C Partnerships to care for 20 orphans/vulnerable children who have been taken in by extended family or other community members by helping to feed them, educate them, care for their medical and trauma needs, as well as getting the encouragement and support of a committee of church members who will monitor their care.

Bethlehem will have several opportunities to participate in this partnership:

4-5 Bethlehem people are needed for a committee to work directly with our church partner;

Bethlehem will have opportunities to participate in short-term mission projects to visit our church partner; and

All of Bethlehem can participate in praying for our church partner and the 20 children who are being served through our church partnership.

Next week, Pastor John and Noel Piper will be visiting Haiti, meeting Bethlehem’s Haitian church partner and learning more about the World Orphans OVC Program. To follow the Piper’s trip in Haiti check out Noel’s blog and twitter account.

  • Dawit Kassaye

    I am very much trilled when I see a church is responding to the very need of the orphans. The biggest crisis in Haiti is the creation of orphans after the earthquake however even more so if the church slumbers to respond to the broken faces of orphans unwillingly orphaned via the catastrophy. However, the church in US did not give time to awaken to this holy act. Let this fire expand more and more!

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