We build custom orphan care
plans for churches & networks.

Extra Ordinary Advocate

“I never second-guessed God’s heart for the orphan—I just struggled with my role in the crisis. I wonder if you’ve ever felt that way.”

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Interactive Workbook

With step by step instructions, this interactive workbook can be used by church leaders and lay people alike to create a custom orphan care strategy that will be both practical and long-term.

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Local & Global Curriculum

Equip your orphan care team with this downloadable version of our local and global curriculum.

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Why We Exist

Our Mission: To equip and empower churches to best care for children in foster care and orphans globally by providing long-term solutions through our custom orphan care strategies and practical resources.

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On Site Coaching >>

We travel to work onsite with your leadership team (staff and/or designated lay leaders) to help co-create a long-term, custom orphan care strategy that fits under your church’s vision.

Online Coaching >>

Much like our onsite coaching, we’ll work with your leadership team (staff and/or designated lay leaders) via video to help co-create a long-term, custom orphan care strategy that fits under your church’s vision.

Statement of Faith & Core Values
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. Sin has severed our relationship with God, and unless it is dealt with, it will result in eternal death and separation from him.
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.

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).
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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