After writing It’s Just a Business, there was an amazing amount of good responses, people emailed, messaged and asked myself and others genuine and probing questions that were good. There was also some confusion taken from what I said, so I feel it necessary to clarify…(most importantly because “God is not a God of confusion, but of peace.” 1 Corinthians 14: 33)
As I said in my other blog, MOST of the Haitian orphanages are run like businesses, not all. This statement of saying “MOST” orphanages is not made on my opinion, my beliefs nor is it made from just a guess. I am not the one who has “identified” the 50+ orphanages that are going to be closed in Haiti, international organizations and the Haitian government are the ones who have done this.
Articles like this… http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jennifer-morgan/forprofit-orphanages-keep_b_838206.html are an excellent resource to help clarify and point to facts regarding what I said in my blog. This article will help you see why this is such a real problem in Haiti and also show you sadly, how so many orphanages are being run like businesses.
I also never said or discouraged giving to orphanages, I merely encouraged to be aware of where your funding is going and how it is being used. Because of this, I would also like to give examples of good and encouraging places…please check out God’s Littlest Angels website or Awaken Haiti’s website for examples of well run and well accounted for homes for children. These organizations are fighting for what is good and are fighting for these children…
“Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good?” 1 Peter 3:15
Also, I would encourage you to check out organizations like Haiti Serve, Heartline and Apparent Project, which are supporting, encouraging and helping families to stay together through education and artisan business.
I believe that God probes us in our hearts to question and voice problems we see, know and are faced with. God has grown my heart, wisdom and understanding on this subject of orphans and orphanages more than I ever thought was possible. He has given me an unending passion to be a voice for the fatherless and constantly guides me, teaches me, reminds me and encourages me through it all…
The Gospel and Jesus’ call for us to lay down our lives for others and Fight for justice is the voice that I must listen to. Matthew 10:27 is what the Lord puts on my heart and in my mind constantly…
“…for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.” Matthew 10:27
I pray that one measly blog written by little me does not confuse or infuriate you…I pray instead that God reveals HIS TRUTH regarding how we are ALL called to fight for orphans and be their voice and support- however that looks.
5 thoughts on “It’s Just a Business. Part 2.”
Awesome to point to some of the good ones as well Megan. And well done to point to some of those orgs working to prevent ‘orphans or family break-ups’ by being proactive. Thanks for this follow-up. A
I believe your blog posts on “Its just a business” reveal important truths. Those who are involved in Haiti, either short or long term need to be aware of what you have to say. I thank you for your speaking truth in love. It took us several years of work in Haiti to find out first hand what you pointed out in your blog. Perhaps your post will help those who truly want to help the people of Haiti particularly the innocent children. May God continue to bless your ministry. Keep loving God’s children!
I appreciate both Part 1 and Part 2 of your blog, Megan. From Part 1, I agree whole heartedly that there needs to be a single place to register that you are helping an orphanage. That would be the most needed change to take care of the problem. I appreciate you telling us about the well run orphanges in Part 2. Keep up the good work!
Megan, I am so thankful that you have , along with the organizations you mentioned, a sincere
heart for the children of Haiti, with the Lords leading. Recently I have read many news articles about questions about where the aid to Haiti has been spent. The average American is questioning why Haitians are still living in tents and why after 2 years , there isn’t more positive change. Closing the Son of God Orphanage and bringing out the lack of accountability in the orphanages, I think was “opening of pandoras box” as we say, about the “businesses” as you have pointed out. Continue to probe…go with your heart and I will pray that more injustice will be brought to light and sponsors will ask questions, visit and ultimately support homes that are truly helping Haitian children. God Bless you!
It is so good to tell about these things that are happening so more people are aware! Blessings to you and everyone!