Faith to Action

YWAM Challenges Missions Goers to “Love Wisely”

Every year, around 1500 individuals from all over the world descend on Youth With a Mission’s biggest training base located in Kona, Hawaii. Youth With a Mission, or YWAM (pronounced “why wam”) as it is commonly called, is an international volunteer missions movement and one of the biggest short-term missions-sending organizations in the world. In 2017, a small group of YWAM volunteers came across ACCI’s KINNECTED resources regarding best practices in supporting vulnerable children during short-term missions. They learned research shows the majority of children in orphanages are not actually orphans, but have a living parent and are often [...]

YWAM Challenges Missions Goers to “Love Wisely”2020-05-04T11:59:44-04:00

Christians are Shifting Support to Family Strengthening

*This article originally appeared in the Better Care Network November 2019 Newsletter The global church plays a vital role in care reform, as perhaps the largest group of direct providers of care to children and significant funders of residential care. Over decades Christians have unknowingly played a role in the unnecessary separation of children from families every time they built, visited or funded orphanages. However, since the development of the UN Guidelines on Alternative Care, there has been increased momentum to support quality family care for vulnerable children. We are seeing responsible reintegration of children and transitions of Christian [...]

Christians are Shifting Support to Family Strengthening2020-05-04T12:03:46-04:00

For One Church, Orphan Ministry Isn’t an Orphanage!

A banner hangs on the wall in Christ Our Shepherd Church that reads, “My House will be called a House of Prayer for all Nations” (Mark 11:17). This is a commitment that this 300-person congregation in Southeast Washington, DC takes very seriously. So when members of the congregation came to the church in 2009 and informed us about the needs in Mongolia and work of Light of the World Church, we could not help but pay attention. We began a relationship of support and prayer that has seen the some of the most vulnerable families strengthened to care for [...]

For One Church, Orphan Ministry Isn’t an Orphanage!2020-05-04T12:08:46-04:00

From Orphanage Volunteer to Family Care Advocate!

I’m privileged to have recently joined Faith to Action as the Director of Engagement, eager to step into a critical role of equipping churches, organizations, and individuals with information about the importance of family-based care. As I reflect on all that has prepared me for this role, I’m honored to tell the story of how I began my journey of caring about vulnerable children. In 2006, fresh out of college, feeling called to “do more” and utilize my time and (limited) talent to care for vulnerable children, I packed my bags for South Africa, where I would attend a [...]

From Orphanage Volunteer to Family Care Advocate!2020-05-04T12:10:45-04:00

6 Ways Churches Can Use Short-Term Missions to Promote Family-Based Care

Many churches are choosing to move toward a missions program that supports family-based care for orphans and vulnerable children. Grace Church, based in Noblesville, Indiana, is demonstrating this shift through their partnership with the Ethiopian nonprofit Berhan Yehun. Their partnership is a wonderful example of how a short-term missions program based on best practices can take a family-strengthening approach. Grace Church believes that the best place for a child is in the family. Caring for the vulnerable is a central tenet of their missions work, so when they learned about the ways poverty can lead to child-family separation, they [...]

6 Ways Churches Can Use Short-Term Missions to Promote Family-Based Care2020-05-04T12:13:03-04:00

Job Description: Director of Engagement

Faith to Action Initiative, A Project of Tides Center Qualified applicants may submit a cover letter and resume to info@faithtoaction.org by January 25, 2019 Job Title:  Director of Engagement Reports to:   Executive Director FLSA Status:  Exempt Time:  Full-time Salary Range:  $75,000 (with benefits) POSITION SUMMARY: The Director of Engagement works collaboratively with and in support of the Faith to Action Initiative’s (hereinafter “F2A”) Executive Director to develop and refine outreach strategy. The Director of Engagement is an exempt position. Exempt employees are expected to work the appropriate and necessary time in order to complete key assignments and related tasks [...]

Job Description: Director of Engagement2020-05-04T12:18:36-04:00

Transitioning to Family Care for Children: A Guidance Manual French and Spanish Translations Now Available

The Faith to Action Initiative is excited to announce the Transitioning to Family Care for Children: A Guidance Manual has been translated into both French and Spanish languages. This manual provides practical guidance and tools for churches, faith-based organizations, donors, and others who are transitioning care for children away from residential care to care within families. This resource is aligned with biblical principles, a strong evidence base, and a growing movement within the Church that affirms the importance of family in every child’s life. The Guidance Manual provides an overview of the key concepts and steps that are important to [...]

Transitioning to Family Care for Children: A Guidance Manual French and Spanish Translations Now Available2020-05-04T12:48:27-04:00