Who We Are
Orbie for Orphans is a Christian non-profit organization formed out of Oodles World, a family entertainment company. In 2011, Oodles World founders Hal and Stephanie Brown joined with Carl and Jill Toth to launch this ministry to orphans and foster children.
After many mission trips to orphanages and the adoption of a little girl in China, the Toths saw a great unmet need in the global orphan crisis. Believing that the deepest need of these children is to know God and His heart, the Toths set out to create a tool that churches, missionaries, and frontline workers could use to apply hope from God’s Word to their pain as deeply wounded, vulnerable children. Through research on the frontlines, Orbie founders found that using oral/visual methods greatly enhanced retention and life change. Orbie for Orphans has developed and field-tested a multi-sensory curriculum kit called “The One Who Stays” in eight languages and 27 countries. The result? It works and the demand is great for more!
Orbie for Orphans is a 501(c)(3) founded to bring the light of Christ into the dark world of orphans and foster children.
Meet Our Staff
CARL TOTH – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Carl Toth was a Business Analyst with Dun & Bradstreet and a pastor for 25 years before forming Orbie for Orphans in 2011. For many years he has led numerous mission trips and worked with orphans in Venezuela, Mexico, Ecuador and Haiti. In 2010, Carl and his family flew to China to adopt a little girl they named Collins. God used this experience to redirect him to the mission of Orbie for Orphans. He has his BSBA from Rochester Institute of Technology and his Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
JILL TOTH – DIRECTOR OF CURRICULUM
Jill Toth graduated from the University of Arkansas and attended Southwestern Seminary and Dallas Theological Seminary. She is a pastor’s wife and mother of three, and has had a passion for teaching the Bible since she was a teenager. Jill led a sermon research team for four years, and has taught at numerous retreats and churches in the last twenty-five years. Her primary responsibility with Orbie for Orphans is overseeing the writing of the curriculum and enhancing ways in which the material is presented.
Kim Sherlin- Executive Assistant
Kim Sherlin graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor's Degree in Christian Ministry as well as from Blue Ridge Community College with an Associate of Arts Degree. She is a native of Western North Carolina and lives in the Hendersonville Area with her husband (Chris), son (Lincoln) and step-daughter (Taylor). She has many years experience in ministry as the was on staff at a local church for almost eight years. Kim has had a call of ministry on her life since a very early age and is very excited about how God is using Orbie to reach vulnerable children across the world.
Susan Brown- Executive Assistant
Susan Brown ,Executive assistant, has been associated with Orbie as a volunteer and event coordinator since 2011. Born in Waynesville NC, she moved to Asheville and began volunteering for several organizations and was on staff with a local church as event coordinator for 5yrs. Susan is passionate about the mission of Orbie and the opportunity to share God’s healing message ……until all have heard.
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 Veggie Tales, 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.
Robert Noland has authored over 70 titles spanning across children, youth, and adult audiences over the past 20 years. Since 2011, he has been a free-lance writer, editor, and “book doctor” for Christian publishers, ministries, and faith-based organizations. Recent projects where Robert has contributed his authoring, writing, and editing include:
- Think, Act, Believe Like Jesus, Randy Frazee, Zondervan 2014
- Do You Believe? 40-Day Devotional (From the Pure Flix film, Do You Believe?), Broadstreet 2015
- When God Shows Up: 40-Day Devotional (From the Jon and Andy Erwin film Woodlawn), Broadstreet 2015
- 90 Minutes in Heaven DVD-based Study Guide(From the movie 90 Minutes in Heaven), Giving Films 2015
- Living Among Lions, David & Jason Benham, Thomas Nelson 2016
- God’s Not Dead 2 40-Day Devotional (From the Pure Flix film, God’s Not Dead 2), Broadstreet 2016
Regardless of the target audience or mode of delivery via paper or digital, Robert writes what he calls, “practical application of Biblical truth.” He lives in Franklin, Tennessee with his wife of 30+ years and has two adult sons.
Visit his web site at robertnoland.com.
Robert Noland – Founder of 517 Resources, Inc., Robert has authored Christian books, curriculum and other discipleship resources for over twenty years. His most recent book Do You Believe? 40 Day Devotional is a companion to the recent nationwide release of the film Do You Believe?
Dr. John Sweet – Executive Director of Heart of Florida Youth Ranch and author of Healing in a Hurting World – 5 Steps to Behavioral Change, John is also the field consultant to orphanages and children’s ministries for Church of God World Missions.
Lorie Newman – Author of the book A Cup of Cold Water in His Name: 60 Ways to Care for the Needy, Lorie is an orphan advocate, mom to eight children, and has been a featured speaker on national radio with Focus on the Family.
Dave Edwards – Author of fourteen books, Dave travels the country speaking to students helping them discover the importance of a Christ-centered lifestyle.
Gina Cleminson – Pastor’s wife and mom, Gina is a blogger who has a tremendous following around the world through campclem.com. She is an editor for Orbie for Orphans.
Dr. David Bruce – Executive Assistant to Billy Graham.
Statement of Faith
Orbie for Orphans believes the following to be true:
- We believe the Bible to be the inerrant and inspired Word of God, and that it is sufficient for all of life’s issues.
- We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
- We believe that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation and that for the salvation for lost and sinful people, repentance of sin, and faith in Christ results in regeneration by the Holy Spirit.
We affirm the Christian Alliance for Orphans Core Principles
God’s Heart and Ours. God is vested, deeply and personally, in the plight of the orphan—and in all who are destitute and defenseless (Dt 10:18; Ps 10:14; Ps 68:5-6, Is 58:5-12). He calls His people to join Him in this, sharing His passion for orphans and bringing to each child the love of Jesus Christ in both word and deed (Is 1:17; Jms 1:27; Mt 25:40).
Responsive Love. To act upon God’s call to care for orphans is not merely a matter of duty or reaction to need. It is first a response to the Gospel: the loving Father who sought us, adopted us, and invites us to live as His sons and daughters (1 Jn 4:19; Eph 1:15; Gal 4:6).
Commitment to the Whole Child. To meet only spiritual or only physical needs of an orphan is incomplete (1 Jn 3:17; Jms 2:16; Mk 8:36). Christian love seeks to address both. Even a cup of water given to quench the momentary thirst of a child is of eternal value (Mt 10:42). Yet of surpassing greatness is to know Jesus as Lord (Phil 3:8). So, just as in the ministry of Jesus, we should always hold together the meeting of physical need with the Gospel and our hope that every child will know God’s love deeply and personally.
Priority of Family. God created the family as the ideal environment for every child, and the best outcome for an orphan is to know the love of a permanent family. Given the vast and complex needs facing orphans worldwide, this is not always possible. However, priority should always be placed on family-based solutions, and any long-term care should be as permanent, nurturing and close to family as is feasible for the particular situation.
Role of Residential Care. Crisis situations sometimes demand residential care for children, including orphanages. To the fullest extent possible, however, residential care should be viewed as short-term and transitional. In general, the goal for each orphaned child should be to seek a solution as far as feasible along a “continuum” toward permanent family: large group homes, small group homes, foster care, kinship care, and, ultimately, full adoption whenever willing families can be found.
Family Preservation. Whenever possible, children classified as “orphans” that have one surviving parent or other relatives should be helped to remain with family members. Efforts that enable families to stay together and prevent children from ending up in orphanages or on the streets are a vital part of response to the global orphan crisis.
Central Role of Local Church. The local church in every nation possesses both the Christian mandate and many other resources needed to care for the world’s orphans in a nurturing, family-based environment. Every initiative to care for orphans should prioritize and honor the role of the local church, carefully pairing what foreign resources may be necessary with indigenous believers willing to open their hearts and homes to orphans in their community.