Providence exists to inspire and equip others around the world to love orphans, widows, and at-risk communities as God loves them. We do this through:
- Extensive research of the plight of orphans and orphan care systems around the world
- Collaboration with other orphan care organizations to establish a framework for use in developing best practice orphan care communities
- Creating La Providencia, an incubator best practice, family-based orphan care community in Siguatepeque, Honduras, and
- Provoking conversation and action toward best-practice orphan care through a collaborative book project, dissemination of information and training materials, and Internet-based discussions
Why We Care
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress…”
Scripture mandates that Christians are to love orphans and widows in their distress. And the Golden Rule, championed by all 143 of the world’s major religions, implores us to “treat others as we wish others to treat us”. As Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York, said,’A deep social conscience and a life poured out in deeds and service to others, and especially the poor [including the orphan], is the inevitable sign of real faith and a real connection with God… Justice is the great symptom of a real relationship with God.’
Further, loving orphans well actually reduces many social ills that exist in our societies today specifically because orphans are NOT loved well as a rule. Neglecting orphans or providing orphans substandard care is directly correlated to higher incidences of crime, unemployment, homelessness, human trafficking, and suicide.
Despite these truths, over 168 million orphans and at-risk, vulnerable children live all around us in our world today. And most of these children are not loved well, let alone with excellence and best practices, as God loves them.
That is why we do what we do.