Imagine being a widowed parent of three or four hungry children, struggling daily to find enough food. Your spouse recently died from a disease that is easily preventable in developed countries. Your only source of income is now gone. You see your children getting weaker by the day. You have no resources, no options, and time is running out. You ask the church for help, but it’s made up of members just as poor and helpless as you. You pray but there doesn’t seem to be any help on the horizon. So the question isn’t what will your children grow up to become, but rather how many will grow up at all.
There is a real and growing crisis in Ethiopia. It is the crisis of the orphan, the widow and the vulnerable family. Orphans, widows and entire families are teetering on the verge of total collapse. They simply don’t have the resources to survive. Local Ethiopian churches are trying their best to care for the suffering ones in their midst. Many of these families are headed by a widowed parent and some are guardian families who have taken in orphans from the community and need help to care for them. Some are the elderly or crippled.
What if we could get to some of the most vulnerable families before they completely fell apart? What if we could do this in partnership U.S. Sponsors, American Churches, and Ethiopian Churches who are positioned on the front lines of this crisis? What if, together, we could not only care for widows and orphans, but actually prevent more people from becoming widows and orphans? What if we together could actually see vulnerable families go from brokenness and helplessness to restoration and hope?
Mission 1:27 was established to do such a work. Our ultimate goal is to prevent orphans by embracing, equipping, and empowering vulnerable families!
In cooperation with our Ethiopian Church Partners, we have developed a three-fold strategy to address the crisis of orphans, widows and vulnerable families:
EMBRACE – With the help of our Ethiopia Church Partners, we identify the most vulnerable families in need of care and support. These are families on the verge of collapse. We then “Embrace” this family with the love and compassion of Christ by bringing them into our program.
EQUIP – With the monthly support we receive from our U.S. Sponsors and American Church Partners, we then work to “Equip” the families by providing for their basic needs of food, medicine, shelter, clothing, education, etc.
EMPOWER – Once the families within our program are stabilized by providing for their basic needs, we then seek to identify those families who are physically able to work and enroll them in our IGA, (Income Generating Activity) Program. Our desire is to “Empower” as many families as possible with the tools, training, and opportunity to start a small business and become self-sustaining.
Partner with us! – We invite you to join us in this work to care for widows, orphans, and vulnerable families. You can learn more about this ministry by touring our website.
The churches we partner with have identified the orphans and at-risk families in their communities who are in desperate need of help. Some of these children may have one parent laboring under unbelievable odds to provide for their basic needs (half-orphan), while others have no parents (full orphan). Occasionally there are two-parent households with one parent disabled or facing circumstances that prevent adequate income.
Become an Orphan Prevention Partner for a minimum gift of $50 per month!
When you sign up to become an orphan prevention partner for a minimum donation of $50 per month, you partner with us to help us provide life sustaining support to vulnerable families on the verge of disintegration . You will receive a story and picture of a family that is being cared. To sign up, simply click on the “I want to prevent orphans” button below.