FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS... ANSWERED!
WHAT EXACTLY ARE YOU RAISING FUNDS TO PRODUCE?
We are in the process of producing a one-of-a-kind resource containing twelve biblically-based themes unique to the specific struggles of orphans and foster children. Each theme will include seven minutes of animation, four written Bible study lessons, engaging teaching aids, and craft supplies for the children.
HOW MUCH OF MY GIFT GOES TOWARDS HELPING THE ORPHANS?
We believe that transparency and accountability are critical to the success of our mission. Every effort of our staff is focused on creating and distributing these extraordinary tools to reach the masses of orphans and foster children around the world. With that said, every penny is carefully accounted for and ultimately spent with the end users and end goal in mind. Therefore, 100% of your contribution goes to help orphans and foster children by creating this tool. While any sustainable ministry has operating expenses, all contributions are used toward reaching the orphans and foster children around the world.
WHY CAN’T YOU JUST SEND THEM A WRITTEN BIBLE STUDY TO SHOW THEM HOW MUCH GOD LOVES THEM? WHY ANIMATION?
Our field tests clearly show that combining quality animation with written Bible study lessons and crafts provides the most effective means to reach children around the world. According to the International Orality Network, studies show that 80% of the world are oral and visual learners:
450 million children between the ages of eight and fifteen have basic or below-basic literacy skills. They are oral learners because of their limited literacy skills. The vast majority of missions work has been done for a literate audience. Unfortunately the vast majority of the true audience is therefore not able to connect with the Gospel. (www.orality.net/statistics_and_facts)
DO PEOPLE IN ALL COUNTRIES HAVE ACCESS TO THE TECHNOLOGY NEEDED TO WATCH THE VIDEOS?
The reality of modern times is that technology exists in most areas of the world that will allow our animation to be viewed. Also, many missionaries are using solar-powered devices where electricity is not available.
WHY GO TO THE EXPENSE OF ANIMATION?
We believe this is a great long-term investment as this resource can be used for decades to come to bring true life change to the hearts of millions of children. Animation is a very high labor-centric product to produce. Where an animated feature film can cost anywhere from $200,000-$2M per minute, we are planning on creating comparable quality at a fraction of that cost.
WHO IS WRITING THE SERIES?
SEAN GAFFNEY- SCRIPT WRITER
Sean Gaffney is a writer, director, teacher, and producer. He was the Story Administrator for Warner Bros. Features. He has authored over eighty produced projects, including plays, television pilots, books, animation projects, and short films (including for VeggieTales, Superbook and a winning Doritos Superbowl commercial). Sean is currently the director of the Script and Screenwriting MFA at Regent University. He received his BFA from Drake University, and his MFA from Columbia University.
WHAT ARE THE SERIES TOPICS AND HOW ARE THEY DECIDED UPON?
The themes for the animated films and curriculum were chosen through extensive research and focus groups. News from the front lines indicates that no current resource of this kind addresses the unique needs of the deeply wounded child.
The themes were decided upon based on that research and feedback.
Theme 1. THE ONE WHO LOVES
Romans 8:31 – Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.
Theme 2. THE ONE WHO VALUES
John 15:16 – You did not choose me, but I chose you.
Theme 3. THE ONE WHO ADOPTS
John 14:18 – I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.
Theme 4. THE ONE WHO STAYS
Deuteronomy 31:8 – The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you or forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
Theme 5. THE ONE WHO HEALS
Psalm 147:3 – He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
Theme 6. THE ONE WHO COMFORTS
Psalm 119:50 – When I am hurting, I find comfort in your promise that leads to life.
Theme 7. THE ONE WHO CALMS
Isaiah 41:10 – Do not fear for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.
Theme 8. THE ONE WHO LISTENS
Psalm 18:6 – In my distress I called upon the Lord cried to my God for help; He heard my voice out of His temple and my cry for help before him came into His ears.
Theme 9. THE ONE WHO STRENGTHENS
Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Theme 10. THE ONE WHO UPLIFTS
Psalm 3:3 – But You, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory and the One who lifts my head.
Theme 11. THE ONE WHO FORGIVES
Ephesians 4:32 – Be kind and compassionate, forgiving each other just as in Christ God forgave you.
Theme 12. THE ONE WHO LEADS
Psalm 32:8 – I will instruct you and teach you in the way in which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.
WHERE DOES IT SAY IN THE BIBLE TO TAKE CARE OF ORPHANS?
God’s plan has always been for His people to care for the fatherless. In James 1:27, we are told to care for orphans and widows in their distress. For most orphans, no one is coming to adopt them. So God’s people must come, and they must bring them what they need. God calls His people to bring each child the love of Jesus Christ in both word and deed.
WHERE DID YOU GET THE NUMBER YOU ARE USING FOR THE NUMBER OF ORPHANS IN THE WORLD?
Unicef has estimated that there are 153 million orphans in the world today. Orphan stats are difficult because they often fail to account for social orphans who have been abandoned by their parents as a result of disease, war, addiction, or indifference; many orphans who are institutionalized and street children who have no birth records simply fail to officially exist to their nation’s government. Vast numbers of children are living on the streets and are exploited for labor, are victims of human trafficking, or are forced to participate in armed groups. So, the number is estimated, but it is clear that the number is probably higher. Click here for more information:
WHAT DO YOU MEAN WHEN YOU REFER TO AN ORPHAN “AGING OUT”?
To age out of an orphanage is to be released from the care of the institution providing food and shelter. In many countries, children can age out as early as 14 years old. In the United States it happens at the age of 18.
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WHAT METHODS CAN I USE TO DONATE?
By clicking our DONATE button, you can pay using Paypal or a debit/credit card.
CAN I SEND A CHECK?
Absolutely. You can send to:
Orbie for Orphans
P.O. Box 2251
Skyland, NC 28776
CAN I SEND CASH?
Please do not send cash through the mail. Other options work best for tax receipt purposes.
WILL I GET A RECEIPT FOR MY TAXES?
Orbie for Orphans is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All of your donations are tax deductible and you will get a receipt for your donation in any amount greater than $25. But we are happy to provide a receipt for any size donation upon request. Any size gift helps our mission!