Orphan Sponsorship Program Explained
The Program Explained
The Global Need
According to Operation World, about 4 billion children will be born between 2000 and 2025. The majority of these (90%) will be born in the developing world. There are about 1.5 billion children under the age of 15 living in the less developed nations. (Nearly half of Africa south of the Sahara is under 15 years of age.) It is estimated that 35% of these children will grow up illiterate, and most will be poor and malnourished. There are an estimated 100 million children who live all or a majority of their lives on the streets. Even more desperate, there are 120 million blind or deaf children, most of whom will never receive special help. An estimated 100 million are indentured or slave children who have been sold to settle debts. Ten million of these are child prostitutes. As of 2000, there were 300,000 children in over 60 countries involved in armed conflict. Out of the world’s 21.5 million refugees, over 10 million are children.
AIDS has taken its toll on children, also. In Africa, nearly eight million children have been orphaned and at least one million are infected. Six young people are infected with the AIDS virus every minute!
The Scriptural Directive
Jesus loved children and wanted them to come to Him. He wanted them to be cared for and loved. He wanted them to have a mother and a father. Unfortunately, we’re not living in a perfect world. Many children do not have even one parent. These orphans, or “double orphans” as they are called in Africa, are vulnerable, unloved, and without protection. If the Bible speaks about helping anyone, it speaks about helping the orphan. The Apostle James tells us that helping the orphan is “pure” religion, and encourages every Christian to be involved in some way.
The Orphan Program
Gospelink has a way to help the orphans! If you are familiar with Gospelink, you know our main focus is on helping national preachers to advance the Gospel in their areas, to disciple new converts, and to establish churches. But what you might not know is that many of these preachers have taken on the responsibility of assisting orphans, as well as their families. Sometimes they start orphanages or feeding centers at their churches, but hundreds of these preachers “adopt” the orphans, bring them into their homes, and treat them as their own children. Though their finances are already stretched to the limits, they do this good work with no financial benefit. They do it because there is a need. They do it because it is the right thing to do. It is pure religion.
For $30.00 per month, you can assist one orphan. Each orphan in the care of a Gospelink national preacher is allowed only one (1) sponsorship, and orphans at the Harvest Hope Home is allowed three (3) sponsorships. The Orphan Sponsorship funds may be donated monthly, quarterly, or annually. (If desired, an Electronic Fund Transfer Program, or EFT, is available for the sponsor’s convenience.)
Each orphan will be living in the home of a currently sponsored Gospelink preacher who was already caring for this orphan before sponsorship assistance was even a consideration. This will insure a caring, Christian environment. The orphan will grow up in a home, surrounded by love.
The Orphan Sponsorship funds are designated like the other sponsorship funds offered through Gospelink (80% for the orphan; 20% for accountability and administration). The sponsorship portion designated for the orphan is used to cover their monthly food, water, housing, education, and medical needs.
Sponsorships are open-ended. (Sponsors should give as much notice as possible if they need to end their assistance so that another sponsor can be located.) Orphans can receive assistance through Gospelink until they graduate from secondary school or reach the age of 18, whichever comes first.
Sponsors will receive a quarterly letter from the orphan they sponsor, as well as a report from the national preacher who oversees this orphan. The orphan letter is typically one page (while the preacher's report will be a minimum of five pages). Occasional photographs may accompany the report. If the orphan is young, a picture they have drawn may be substituted for the letter. If desired, sponsors may write their orphans. Any correspondence should be sent through Gospelink's main office in Virginia. If desired, sponsors may also visit their orphan overseas. This trip is typically scheduled in conjunction with a regular mission trip conducted by a Gospelink USA mission representative.
To select an orphan to assist, click here.