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Care for Widows and Orphans

“A religion that is pure and stainless according to God the Father is this: to take care of orphans and widows who are suffering, and to keep oneself unstained by the world. — James 1:27

Scripture is pretty clear about our responsibility to widows and orphans.  On the international level, we work with our partner, Petros Network to care for widows with micro-grants and sponsor orphans through child sponsorship.

Petros Network, a partner ministry of Portland Christian Center, has a God-given strategy to proclaim the gospel by planting redemptive churches in the developing world AND to create Redemptive Lift efforts. As churches are planted, we join them to demonstrate the Good News to widows and orphans. We do this through providing micro-grants, along with training, to start sustainable small businesses and meaningful work in developing countries.  

After a church plant has been established, the missionary-pastor (church planter) becomes the best source to help understand the particular socio-economic needs and opportunities of a village. The church planter is then encouraged to identify and invite widows (the most vulnerable women and families of their new congregations) into a well-defined education and development program. The goal of the program is to help a woman develop a micro-grant project/business of her own or discover meaningful work within an existing micro-grant project. Depending upon the size or unique situation of a village or woman, a project is evaluated to determine if it qualifies for a micro-grant or micro-financing. In addition to the financial and educational support, women and their families are surrounded by the loving care and encouragement of their village church. Because of the living conditions common in the Oromia Region of Ethiopia, even small donations can make a significant difference.

If you would like more information on the micro-grant program with widows, click here >>

If you would like to sponsor a widow in a micro-grant, click here >>

If you would like to participate in a child Sponsorship >>