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by | Mar 12, 2014 | Fundraising, Mission Trips, World Orphans | 0 comments

Hello, everyone! I’m writing this blog today so that I can document this unique chapter of my life and share it with all of you. I hope to give you a better understanding of this transition I’m going through, and inspire you to “take up the cause of the fatherless” in your own way.

First, you need to know what led me here. You can visit My Testimony page to read about the change God brought about in me. Our you could read my previous blog posts that I wrote during my time in Africa to know what that experience was like. But I will try to put all that information in a nutshell here: I lived a comfortable life with my husband while working in my dream career as a choir teacher. Then we took a mission trip to Africa where God broke our hearts and implanted a desire to do something about this tragic orphan crisis. Eventually, I knew God was calling me to quit my job and pursue a career in orphan care ministry. After several months of job-searching, God led me to World Orphans to fill the role of Project Manager for the Americas. And that is (in a nutshell) how I reached this point now.

The question I am asked most frequently about my new job is, “when do you start?!” and though it seems like a very simple question, it’s kind of tricky to answer. This is my response, “World Orphans is a 100% donor based ministry, meaning that every staff member must raise his/her own salary. I have to raise all of my first year’s salary before I can actually START the job as Project Manager. As you can imagine, it takes several months to raise that much money, so it will be awhile before I can really dive into my new role.” Then, I usually get the STRANGEST looks! People ask “what kind of company makes you raise your own salary?” or “wow, I would never do that” or my favorite, “man I hope you have some rich friends who love you a lot.”

Needless to say, the responses I get are less than encouraging and maybe slightly terrifying. The truth is that fundraising your salary is HARD. No one likes to ask other people for money. But this practice keeps us as staff members dependent on God and also dependent on relationships that we build with those around us. Most missionaries have to raise support to serve overseas, and we are doing the same thing. It certainly stretches and strengthens our faith, too.

I have fundraised before for mission trips or special projects, but never for ongoing support like this. It’s a new experience for me, and honestly one that I’m nervous about. But I’ve learned that fundraising is an opportunity for ministry. It’s not just a chore that has to be done, but it’s an opportunity to develop new relationships and strengthen old ones. It’s a way to share about this passion God has given me and advocate for orphans. Most of all, it’s an opportunity for God to be glorified in the work that He is doing with World Orphans and with me.

I don’t want people to give because they know me or like me. I don’t even want people to give because they feel guilty about poor orphans around the world. I want people to give because God moves them to “take up the cause of the fatherless.” I pray that God will stir hearts into action because they see that it is our responsibility to care for His children. If you feel led to be a part of this mission, I’d love for you to partner with me. This is not about supporting me or even supporting World Orphans, but JOINING in the work that we are doing for the Kingdom. God hasn’t called everyone to quit their jobs or to adopt a child, but there are so many other ways you can be a part of this mission. Please prayerfully consider what “taking up the cause” means for you and your family.

If you’d like to ask me questions or speak to me in person about donating, please email me at lindsay@worldorphans.org. If you feel called to donate, click here to set up a secure online payment.

Thanks for your interest in this new journey I am on with World Orphans! I appreciate your prayers!