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Big Family Mission, Kutztown, Pennsylvania

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Address: 83 Boy Scout Road
Kutztown, Pennsylvania  19530  
United States
Number of Volunteers Serving Nationally: 12
Number of People Being Served: 600
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Mission Statement


Through the goodness and grace of God: To link U.S. churches and volunteers with Russian churches and volunteers who minister to orphans; To provide Family Friends who will pray and help provide support for orphans and orphanages; To encourage Russian Christians to consider becoming fosters parents; To encourage the adoption of orphans, particularly the older children who normally are not considered; To promote awareness of the vicious cycle of the Russian orphanage system. Our mission and vision are based on James 1:27 (AMP): "Worship that is pure and unblemished in the sight of God the father is this: to visit and help and care for the widows and orphans in their affliction and need?.?

Description


Big Family is an outreach ministry to Russian and Eastern European orphans. We provide financial and prayer support to churches in Russia who reach out to love and to help orphans. Donations to Big Family Mission go directly to help provide the love of Christ through food, clothing, and the many "little things" that are in such short supply in Russian orphanages. Big Family celebrates the lives of Russian orphans through monthly birthday parties. Other activities for orphans that are sponsored by Big Family include summer camp, field trips, Christmas parties, Christmas gifts, and "fruit days". Many Russian orphanages have a long list of needs that are not being met: building renovations, plumbing repair, washing machines, access to hot water, showers, toilets, refurbishing and equipping of activity rooms for the children, new beds for children, and the list goes on. Some of Big Family's projects have included: providing washing machine for an orphanage, installing computers, installing a bathroom including a shower, refurbishing of activity rooms, providing beds, blankets, and pillows, providing locks needed for some of the rooms, providing lockers, and buying sports equipment and games. Big Family works with older children (ages 5 to 16). Some of these children may be adopted, but most will live their entire life in an orphanage setting. When they "graduate" at age 15 or 16, they are not prepared to make it on their own. Big Family works with various foster home agencies, has established a Big Family foster home, and encourages and supports programs that bridge the gap between orphanage graduation and adulthood. It's important to improve the living conditions of orphans, but building better orphanages is not a long-term solution. Our vision is to provide a family for every Russian orphan! More recently Big Family is assisting other orphan ministries in the United States and in other parts of the world.

Big Family is an outreach ministry to Russian and Eastern European orphans. We provide financial and prayer support to churches in Russia who reach out to love and to help orphans. Donations to Big Family Mission go directly to help provide the love of Christ through food, clothing, and the many "little things" that are in such short supply in Russian orphanages. Big Family celebrates the lives of Russian orphans through monthly birthday parties. Other activities for orphans that are sponsored by Big Family include summer camp, field trips, Christmas parties, Christmas gifts, and "fruit days". Many Russian orphanages have a long list of needs that are not being met: building renovations, plumbing repair, washing machines, access to hot water, showers, toilets, refurbishing and equipping of activity rooms for the children, new beds for children, and the list goes on. Some of Big Family's projects have included: providing washing machine for an orphanage, installing computers, installing a bathroom including a shower, refurbishing of activity rooms, providing beds, blankets, and pillows, providing locks needed for some of the rooms, providing lockers, and buying sports equipment and games. Big Family works with older children (ages 5 to 16). Some of these children may be adopted, but most will live their entire life in an orphanage setting. When they "graduate" at age 15 or 16, they are not prepared to make it on their own. Big Family works with various foster home agencies, has established a Big Family foster home, and encourages and supports programs that bridge the gap between orphanage graduation and adulthood. It's important to improve the living conditions of orphans, but building better orphanages is not a long-term solution. Our vision is to provide a family for every Russian orphan! More recently Big Family is assisting other orphan ministries in the United States and in other parts of the world.

Mission Statement: Through the goodness and grace of God: To link U.S. churches and volunteers with Russian churches and volunteers who minister to orphans; To provide Family Friends who will pray and help provide support for orphans and orphanages; To encourage Russian Christians to consider becoming fosters parents; To encourage the adoption of orphans, particularly the older children who normally are not considered; To promote awareness of the vicious cycle of the Russian orphanage system. Our mission and vision are based on James 1:27 (AMP): "Worship that is pure and unblemished in the sight of God the father is this: to visit and help and care for the widows and orphans in their affliction and need?.?

Organizational Statement of Faith


Big Family is organized as a Mission Society, which allows us to have participation from Christians of different denominations and church backgrounds. We believe that the Bible is the perfect and inerrant word of God, and from His word we derive our faith.


Denominational Affiliations


Non-denominational


Local Affiliation



Program Type:


Other Program

Do you Require Formal Orientation Training?


Yes