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Cities of Slums
Drought and famine drive people to the cities. So does a desire for better education and medical care. These, and many other factors that lead to rapid urbanization, are causing developing-world populations to transfer at alarming rates to ‘mega-cities’ in search of food and opportunity.

Unable to sustain the large influx of people, these cities cast off these migrants into slum areas encircling and punctuating the metropolises.

It is in these areas that all the major precursors of the orphan and abandonment problem fester: severe poverty, HIV/AIDS, all manner of other diseases, drugs, prostitution, slavery and more. This is where the problem most exists. This is where the problem should be primarily tackled.

 
 
 
 
Cities of the Least Reached
When you also consider that most of these cities have Evangelical Christian populations of 5% or less, they become even more strategic. As children are rescued and transformed, they bear witness to their communities. They go amongst their neighbors as missionaries of the Gospel. In addition, as the communities themselves see a church taking care of their children, they are more attracted to it.

The old adage proclaims, “As go the cities, so go the villages” and its variation, “As the city goes, so goes the nation.”  As the villagers travel into the cities for supplies and commerce, they return with the gospel they were exposed to while there.

As people migrate to the cities to find work, they find the gospel instead. Urban and rural areas are reached. Nations are reached. Because of this, we are very careful in our choice of city involvements and have chosen to give a high priority to ‘strategic cities’ for the Gospel.
 
 
 
 
Economies of Saturation
By saturating our efforts around the poverty-stricken areas of major cities in least-reached areas, other benefits also accrue to us:
 
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BETTER IN-COUNTRY ASSESSMENT. Our partner missions agencies and para-church organizations already have a significant presence in these megacities.
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BETTER NETWORKING. Our partner indigenous churches are in close proximity to each other and therefore the pastors and directors are able to share ideas and resources. Orphan Lifeline teams can also more easily assemble groups of partners for training conferences and seminars.
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BETTER ACCOUNTABILITY. With key-area saturation comes increased opportunities to have additional Orphan Lifeline ministry representatives periodically visit all homes in a given region. In addition, as we establish regional offices around the world, these offices can more effectively assess, monitor and report on homes if they are concentrated in the areas of greatest opportunity and need.
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BETTER UNDERSTANDING. By focusing on key areas, we truly understand all the cultural and cost factors involved in an orphan home decision.
 
 
 
 
 
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