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Biblical definition of an orphan

Greeting to the friends of African Blessings

Nowadays, the understanding of the word orphan is that it is a person who has no parents however this is not the only meaning of the word.

The word’s origin is derived from the Greek word ‘orphanos’ which literally means deprived and ‘orphos’ which means bereft.

Since the year ‘dot’ women have not had many legal rights, in fact, it is only recently that some women have attained higher legal status.

During the times of the Old and New Testament and even still these days, the father was the main means of economic support for the family unit. His absence left his wife and children in a particularly vulnerable situation. Duly, orphans and widows were usually mentioned in the same breath, as the epitome of the poor and deprived of society.

Deuteronomy 15: 11
“There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be open handed toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land.”

We should bear in mind that God created everything out of His love and historically an orphan is recognised as being a person or animal in need of our help and support.

Proverbs 12: 10
“The righteous care for the needs of their animals but the kindest acts of the wicked is cruel.”

Exodus 23:12
“Six days do your work, but on the seventh day do not work, so that your ox and your donkey may rest, and so that the slave born in your household and the foreigner living among you may be refreshed.”

A community is a place or area for families and people to live, share and learn to work together. When we pursue this family life the community grows into a beautiful and natural by-product.

Taking cognisance of the above explanation, African Blessings is not an orphanage as it would be perceived. We care for, love and nurture children, people and animals within the Rustfontein community to the best of our capabilities.

We house them, educate them, care for the families and pets and even feed the community from our food gardens.

In so doing we acknowledge that we are blessed with the abilities, amenities, unselfish willingness, amazing sponsors and donors to do what we can for others.