The global team assists in orphan care by praying for and providing care and resources for orphan ministries around the world.
With 99.99% of the world’s 150+ million orphans living beyond the borders of the United States, the American church must be strategic in how she helps these needy children. The reach of the worldwide orphan team currently extends to four countries: Guatemala (Kids Alive), India (As Our Own), Tanzania (Tanzania Children’s Rescue Center), and Zimbabwe (Empty the Orphanage Project).
The work we hope to continue doing in these places will largely consist of projects like providing necessary food and supplies, offering medical assistance, supporting indigenous families to take in orphans, and sending encouragement through correspondence and visits.
Teams from EWO travel to Guatemala regularly (highlights from a recent trip can be viewed here). While visiting, they are able to deliver supplies and financial gifts to meet the general needs of the girl’s home. We received this kind thank you in response to a trip: "Your gift purchased school supplies for 33 girls to attend grades kindergarten to 6th grade. It also provided uniforms for the 7 girls who needed new uniforms this year. It was a tremendous help."
One of our teams visiting India was able to deliver supplies and a financial gift to meet the general needs of the girl’s home. We received this kind thank you: “How grateful we were to receive the gift from the people of East White Oak Bible Church! These funds covered a large portion of last month’s food and toiletry budget. We were able to purchase items like: lentils, cooking oil, wheat, sugar, tea, Colgate toothpaste, bathing soap, and Indian spices. What a tremendous blessing!”
EWO has been affiliated with the Tanzania Children's Rescue Center (TCRC) for more than 15 years. TCRC's mission is "To glorify God by fulfilling the Great Commission of Jesus (making disciples) and fulfilling the Great Commandment of Jesus (loving others) through specific ministry to orphaned and vulnerable children, responding by proclaiming the gospel to them, teaching them the Word of God and ministering compassionately to their needs." Both individual and team opportunities for short term trips to serve at TCRC are available. Additional ministry information can be found here.
In 2011, 2012, and 2014 teams from EWO were able to visit orphanages in Zimbabwe and assist in strategies that move children out of the orphanages and into Christian families. Due in part to financial support from our church, 12 former orphans now live with new families. The history and mission of Empty the Orphanage as well as highlights from trips can be viewed here.
If you are interested in joining the global orphan care team, please contact the church office for more information.