Our Story

"Please don't build orphanages," a Zambian pastor I befriended in 2003 pleaded with me. "Help us create new families. Help us keep the orphans in a home, in the community where the Church is planted and where the children are known." As a foreigner in Zambia, I had no idea how to approach the challenges faced by hundreds of thousands of orphans left behind in the wake of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Not every orphan had a safe, stable, and supportive extended family member who was able to care for them, and adoption and foster care were not available options either. Thankfully, God showed me and the wise men and women in the Zambian church and community another way to model the family of God to orphans in need – My Father's House.

By pairing 8 orphans and a widow together in a new home, we've built and sustained 12 My Father's House orphan homes since 2004. Orphans and widows are forging a new life and new family together in Christ, in a home, and in a community where they are known and loved.

1 Widow + 8 Orphans = New Family

Since 2003, we have been committed to raising the least of these into the leaders of tomorrow. We currently have 12 family homes and are raising 81 children.

Our Approach

Sponsor an Orphan

How to Help

1. Reach

2. Raise

3. Restore

We hope to bring each of our students through these 3 phases:

We reach orphaned children who are in need of care through our annual Camp Hope ministry.

We raise orphaned children who have no family to care for them in our My Father's House family homes.

We prepare our students to navigate the school-to-work transition by mentoring them in the life skills they need to become self-sufficient adults.

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Our Story

Since 2003, we have been committed to raising the least of these into the leaders of tomorrow. We currently have 12 widow-headed family homes and are raising 81 formerly orphaned children.  

"Please don't build orphanages," a Zambian pastor I befriended in 2003 pleaded with me. "Help us create new families. Help us keep the orphans in a home, in the community where the Church is planted and where the children are known." As a foreigner in Zambia, I had no idea how to approach the challenges faced by hundreds of thousands of orphans left behind in the wake of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

We reach orphaned children who are in need of care through our annual Camp Hope ministry.

We raise orphaned children who have no family to care for them in our My Father's House family homes.

We prepare our students to navigate the school-to-work transition by mentoring them in the life skills they need to become self-sufficient adults.

Not every orphan had a safe, stable, and supportive extended family member who was able to care for them, and adoption and foster care were not available options either. Thankfully, God showed me and the wise men and women in the Zambian church and community another way to model the family of God to orphans in need – My Father's House.

By pairing 8 orphans and a widow together in a new home, we've built and sustained 12 My Father's House orphan homes since 2004. Orphans and widows are forging a new life and new family together in Christ, in a home, and in a community where they are known and loved.

We hope to bring each of our students through these 3 phases:

Why Family Homes?