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Ministry Highlight: Child Sponsorship

Sponsor a child

Does child sponsorship really work?

“I asked a bunch of kids what they wanted to be when they grew up,” said a child sponsorship advocate in Christianity Today magazine. He/she asked children who were sponsored and others who were not.

She/he found that sponsorship helps a child see the possibilities for their own life. “Many of these children don’t think they are capable of much,” he/shewent on to explain. “We help them realize that they are each given special gifts from God to benefit their communities, and we try to help them develop aspirations for their future.”

Orchard Hill Church partners with Food for the Hungry to sponsor children in Mozambique. This partnership has grown through the relationships of people at Orchard and the people who work directly with sponsored children in Mozambique.

“Sponsoring a child in itself is a little thing,” says Kris Hoskinson who coordinates child sponsorships in Mozambique for Orchard. “It’s about a dollar a day – the amount you might throw into a parking meter, pay for a cup of coffee or for a Big Buddy of pop. But the impact of this investment is huge.”

Child sponsorship has the power to help reverse the cycle of low self-esteem found in people living in poverty, increasing the chances that these children will go on to lead more successful lives as adults. Believing this is the kind of healing work Jesus performed while on Earth, Orchard Hill Church set a goal to recruit sponsors for 100 or more children in Mozambique.

To learn more or to sponsor a child, visit the Event Center after services in October or contact Kris (khoskinson@orchardhillchurch.org).

Ministry Highlight: Pillowcase Dresses

Pillowcase dresses

Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. (James 2:15-17)

Orchard Hill Church tries to enact a wholistic approach to ministry through the leadership of JeanJean and Kristie Mompremier, our local Haitian partners. When Kristie asked for new dresses for young girls in their community, the creative minds at Orchard set out to sew pillowcase dresses.

These dresses provide much-needed clothing for the girls, but Orchard hopes they also add one more layer of protection in their everyday life.

“By providing a new dress, you may well be changing a young girl’s destiny.” Dress a Girl Around the World continues by explaining, “Village pastors tell us that a girl wearing a new dress presents an appearance that she is well cared for and may discourage would-be predators.”

“It is life-changing,” shared Deb Lindaman who has traveled to Haiti 12 times. She had the opportunity to fit girls in the dresses on a recent trip, and she said it was so fun to experience the excitement with the girls and their families.

The people of Orchard Hill Church are called to serve like Jesus, by caring for the whole person – mind, body, and soul.

Join us in this effort to clothe and protect the lovely girls in Haiti by ironing, cutting, sewing, offering new pillowcases, or donating $5 to pay for a dress. Orchard also scheduled three sewing events. To sign up or receive more information, stop by the Event Desk or contact Kara Vander Wiel (karav@cfu.net).

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