It all started in 2011 when Patch Our Planet became a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

Early in our journey, we joined the Christian Alliance for Orphans in an effort to provide another layer of accountability to our ministry and to join hands with Kingdom-hearted partners. In 2012, we were invited to sit on the International Adoption Panel at the White House. During our time at the White House, we talked about why the church is the best solution to the orphan crisis and highlighted the need to equip every church in every community in order to care for every orphan.

After years of working with church partners and attending orphan conferences, we discovered that there was a real disconnect, or silent gap, between orphan advocates and leaders in many churches.

This gap would become our focus.

Now, with a focused intensity, we equip pastors and church leaders to lead orphan care ministries under their own church’s vision. Our process brings passionate advocates and church leaders together under one unified vision. The church benefits, the community benefits, and most importantly, local and global orphans benefit. We accomplish all of this without putting undue pressure on pastors to lead “yet another great ministry”. We know they are responsible for every ministry in the church. So, with the approval and oversight of church leadership, we equip the saints to do the work of the ministry.

Our custom orphan care strategies are helping churches focus on a child-centered approach to effectively care for local and global orphans.

We are convinced that one well-trained church becomes a beacon of light in a community. Other churches often follow their example. This drives to our ultimate solution —church networks of care. These networks are growing all across the country and in many places around the world. More churches and organizations are now working together on behalf of the orphan than ever before. We want it to work where you live and minister too.

Online Resource:

Your church can download our very affordable local and/or global orphan care curriculum from our site. This curriculum offers a comprehensive guide that will allow your church to establish a custom orphan care strategy.

On-site Resource:

For many, it is simply easier and more efficient to have our Executive Director, Steve Gillis, lead your team through the process. Contact us about our on-site training and request how we may be able to serve your church. You will find this process inspiring, uniting and affordable.

We believe that the Church is the best solution to the orphan crisis. Unfortunately, it’s also usually the least equipped. We intend to change that with your help.

Your move could spark change for an entire community.

If you want some good ideas where you can start, go here.

Please let us know how we can serve you!

Steve Gillis
Founder | Executive Director

 

Some of the communities Patch Our Planet has served:

Washington, DC

Woodstock, GA

Orlando, FL

Buffalo, NY

Chicago, IL

Nashville, TN

Punta Gorda, FL

Murray, UT

Macon, GA

Venice, FL

Carmel, Indiana

Louisville, KY

Port Charlotte, FL

North Port, FL

Aiken, SC

Colorado Springs, CO

Temple Terrace, FL

Searcy, AR

Grand Rapids, MI

Costa Rica (International)

Lviv, Ukraine (International)

 Statement of Faith

1. We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.

2. We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

3. We believe in the deity and humanity of Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His present rule as Head of the Church and in His personal return in power and glory.

4.We believe that, for the salvation of lost and sinful man, repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ results in regeneration by the Holy Spirit and that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation.

5.We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.

6.We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

7.We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, with equality across racial, gender, and class differences.

Our Core Values

God’s Heart and Ours.

God is vested, deeply and personally, in the plight of the orphan—and in all who are destitute and defenseless (Dt 10:18; Ps 10:14; Ps 68:5-6, Is 58:5-12).  He calls His people to join Him in this, sharing His passion for orphans and bringing to each child the love of Jesus Christ in both word and deed (Is 1:17; Jms 1:27; Mt 25:40).

Responsive Love.

To act upon God’s call to care for orphans is not merely a matter of duty or reaction to need.  It is first a response to Gospel:  the loving Father who sought us, adopted us, and invites us to live as His sons and daughters (1 Jn 4:19; Eph 1:15; Gal 4:6).

Commitment to the Whole Child.

To meet only spiritual or only physical needs of an orphan is incomplete (1 Jn 3:17; Jms 2:16; Mk 8:36).  Christian love seeks to address both.  Even a cup of water given to quench the momentary thirst of a child is of eternal value (Mt 10:42). Yet of surpassing greatness is to know Jesus as Lord (Phil 3:8).  So, just as in the ministry of Jesus, we should always hold together the meeting of physical need with the Gospel and our hope that every child will know God’s love deeply and personally.

Priority of Family.

God created the family as the ideal environment for every child, and the best outcome for an orphan is to know the love of a permanent family.   Given the vast and complex needs facing orphans worldwide, this is not always possible.  However, priority should always be placed on family-based solutions, and any long-term care should be as permanent, nurturing and close to family as is feasible for the particular situation.

Role of Residential Care.

Crisis situations sometimes demand residential care for children, including orphanages and foster care group homes.  To the fullest extent possible, however, residential care should be viewed as short-term and transitional.  In general, the goal for each orphaned child should be to seek a solution as far as feasible along a “continuum” toward permanent family:  large group homes, small group homes, foster care, kinship care, and, ultimately, full adoption whenever willing families can be found.

Family Preservation.

Whenever possible, children classified as “orphans” that have one surviving parent or other relatives should be helped to remain with family members.   Efforts that enable families to stay together and prevent children from ending up in orphanages or on the streets are a vital part of response to the global orphan crisis.

Central Role of Local Church.

The local church in every nation possesses both the Christian mandate and many other resources needed to care for the world’s orphans in a nurturing, family-based environment.   Every initiative to care for orphans should prioritize and honor the role of the local church, carefully pairing what foreign resources may be necessary with local believers willing to open their hearts and homes to orphans in their community.

 *Patch Our Planet is a member of the Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO). We align with their statement of faith and core principles listed above. 

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