“Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.”—Psalm 82:3. Those of us living in the US may look for ways to apply this verse to our lives. But for many people around the world, orphan care is a daily reality, one that appears on their doorstep and sits around their dinner table. One place that is especially true is in the Central African Republic.
Oumar1 is an unlikely church planter. Born into an Islamic family among one of the least-reached people groups, he was the son of the village witch doctor. As a youth, he entered the military trusting in amulets to keep him safe. At one point he was falsely accused of murder and imprisoned. That’s where God met him.
During a short-term mission trip to Haiti, high schooler Ally saw for the first time a beautiful display of international ministry where teams were empowering others with sustainable models for physical and spiritual success. She saw people helping others learn to help themselves.
Roro, Chad is among the most remote places on the planet, and access to basic healthcare in the region is extremely limited.
Annette is an 11-year-old who started attending the Hand-in-Hand Orphan School in GAGA, Central African Republic, three years ago after her father's death.
A.W. Tozer, an early 20th-century pastor and Christian author, once said, “The devil is a better theologian than any of us and is a devil still.” This truth remains essential today for every Christian, especially the next generation of church leaders.
Chad, Africa has over 140 distinct ethnolinguistic people groups, and several hundred thousand immigrants and refugees from other countries. Eighty-percent of the population live below the poverty line, and the country’s majority religion is Islam. Nowhere is cross-cultural ministry training more needed than in Chad.