Orphan Lifeline
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Indigenous ChurchesFOR Local Indigenous Churches

Orphan Lifeline rescues orphaned and abandoned children in a way that increases the goodwill, exposure, and witnessing opportunities for the local indigenous churches that are caring for them. As such, we are very careful to determine which churches constitute the best partners for both the care of children and the advance of the Gospel.

The local church is the best way to care for orphans – to see children raised in a compassionate community of believers; to be cared for; to know, love, and share God’s love. But church-based orphan homes are also an excellent way to increase the attractiveness of that local church to its community as it sees their church caring for their children.
THROUGH Mission Organization Partnerships

Many large, well-established missions agencies, para-church organizations and churches have significant human resources and infrastructures in place around the world. They are the feet on the ground…our feet on the ground.
They understand the cultural leaders and dynamics
They understand the potential issues and pitfalls
They know who the trusted individuals are, and who is to be avoided
They know the best strategic choices for partnership
They have the ongoing relationships and accountability structures to ensure the continued success of projects
Orphan Lifeline develops formal and informal partnerships with these key, influential organizations. We ask them to identify the projects that we will fund through them.
Project Identification Overview
Let’s assume that XYZ Ministries is a large global ministry with hundreds of missionaries and native workers in the developing world. Through a partnership understanding, XYZ lets us know what native church relationships they have that might be potential candidates for church-based children’s homes.

A local XYZ missionary is the person who then fills out our grant request for a project in their area. This request is first approved by the XYZ field leader and then forwarded to Orphan Lifeline for consideration. At that point, we undergo a number of specialized due diligence steps (please see The Process Steps).

Because of the potential for a conflict of interest, we also ask another network partner organization, ABC Ministries, to pay a visit to the proposed project and to complete a due diligence questionnaire. Therefore, our network of organizations uncovers, assesses and presents projects, but also acts as a secondary system of checks and balances for each other.
Once approved, the project is then funded through XYZ Ministries. XYZ will pay building contractors directly or distribute funds to the indigenous church at specific points in the construction process. This assures that the native church only receives funds as they are needed and prevents large lump sums that might serve as too much of a temptation to church pastors.

Because XYZ has an ongoing relationship with the project indigenous church, there is an inherent added level of accountability going forward.

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