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by John G. Cathcart, WME’s President


“And the angel of the Lord found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness…And he said… ‘Whence camest thou? And whither wilt thou go?’ ”


— Genesis 16:7-8


Why have state governments in America stopped providing orphanages for children and moved to the foster care system? The answer is foster care is cheaper, demands no public facilities and requires less public manpower. But is foster care a reasonable solution? The answer depends on the character and culture of the parents. I have seen some good results and less than good results. It’s a hit or miss business.


Why are Christian ministries moving away from orphanage ministry? The answer is orphanages are very expensive to operate and demand 24/7 supervision by loving servant-ministers who lay down their lives for the lambs.


Why are ministries that in times past had a strong Christian witness now soft-pedalling the Gospel in favor of good works? The fact is many sources of funding are tightly closed to those openly preaching the Gospel and proclaiming salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ.


So why not replace orphanage ministry? Why not simply provide schools with feeding programs? Isn’t that a reasonable compromise?


This leads us to the questions of “Where are we coming from?” and “Where are we going?”


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