After writing It’s Just a Business, there was an amazing amount of good responses, people emailed, messaged and asked myself and others genuine and probing questions that were good. There was also some confusion taken from what I said, so I feel it necessary to clarify…(most importantly because “God is not a God of confusion, but of peace.” 1 Corinthians 14: 33)
As I said in my other blog, MOST of the Haitian orphanages are run like businesses, not all. This statement of saying “MOST” orphanages is not made on my opinion, my beliefs nor is it made from just a guess. I am not the one who has “identified” the 50+ orphanages that are going to be closed in Haiti, international organizations and the Haitian government are the ones who have done this.
Articles like this… http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jennifer-morgan/forprofit-orphanages-keep_b_838206.html are an excellent resource to help clarify and point to facts regarding what I said in my blog. This article will help you see why this is such a real problem in Haiti and also show you sadly, how so many orphanages are being run like businesses.
I also never said or discouraged giving to orphanages, I merely encouraged to be aware of where your funding is going and how it is being used. Because of this, I would also like to give examples of good and encouraging places…please check out God’s Littlest Angels website or Awaken Haiti’s website for examples of well run and well accounted for homes for children. These organizations are fighting for what is good and are fighting for these children…
“Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good?” 1 Peter 3:15
Also, I would encourage you to check out organizations like Haiti Serve, Heartline and Apparent Project, which are supporting, encouraging and helping families to stay together through education and artisan business.
I believe that God probes us in our hearts to question and voice problems we see, know and are faced with. God has grown my heart, wisdom and understanding on this subject of orphans and orphanages more than I ever thought was possible. He has given me an unending passion to be a voice for the fatherless and constantly guides me, teaches me, reminds me and encourages me through it all…
The Gospel and Jesus’ call for us to lay down our lives for others and Fight for justice is the voice that I must listen to. Matthew 10:27 is what the Lord puts on my heart and in my mind constantly…
“…for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.” Matthew 10:27
I pray that one measly blog written by little me does not confuse or infuriate you…I pray instead that God reveals HIS TRUTH regarding how we are ALL called to fight for orphans and be their voice and support- however that looks.