Frequently Asked Questions

1. What makes Faith In Deeds Ministry unique?
We are not completely unique, but we believe there are four principles of ministry that add to our uniqueness: We were founded by a man who lived in the Indian orphanage system for 5 years. We are a Project-driven ministry. We are multiplication-minded. We function organically.

2. What background experience does the founder of Faith In Deeds ministry have in running a Childrens Home?
The founder's experience comes from actually living in the orphanage systems of India, including the state-run system. This background has not only given him inside experience of all that is wrong with the system from a childs perspective, but has served to foster a great compassion for children who find themselves facing few, if any, alternatives to it. Faith In Deeds Ministry is a Christ-centered alternative that is proving to be a positive, life-changing experience for every child cared for in the home. From corporate members and board members, to staff and support partners, the entire organization is dedicated to see the ministry continue to be a refuge, a family, and a model for future children's homes for the countless disenfranchised children of India.

3. What is a Project-driven Ministry?
When working cross-culturally, there are basically two models of ministry:

  • Donor-driven model. This is where the donor organization determines the needs and solutions, defines the structures to apply solutions, raises the support and runs the project.
  • Project-driven model. This is where an indigenous organization at the project site administrates the project. They serve as a subsidiary of the donor organization as they communicate the needs, assist in defining structures that are culturally sensitive and administrate the project in collaboration with the parent donor organization.

4. What are the advantages of a project-driven model?
In sharing a common world view and purpose of mission, some key advantages are:

  • The indigenous subsidiary organization is much more likely to discern the local needs, and know the most sensitive ways to approach them. They also understand the cultural nuances and have fewer filters to work through in dealing with their culture.
  • They are familiar with local government regulations, and less likely to run into snags with authorities.
  • The outcome of their ministry objectives is more likely to be culturally acceptable.

5. Is there a Biblical principle for the project-driven model?
We believe that when Jesus sent His disciple out to minister in the villages and instructed His disciples to look for a person of peace (Luke 10:5, 6), that He was revealing this principle. The disciples would not be indigenous to the villages, so they were to seek an influential person in the village that would accept their message and then remain in the village to further the message. The locals may not have trusted the disciples because they were strangers, but the person of peace would at least be one of them.

6. What do you mean by multiplication-minded?
Most Western models of ministry are addition-minded. They function from the premise of "bigger is better", for example, if caring for 50 kids is good, then caring for 100 kids is even better. FID functions from the premise of the multiplication-minded example of the "bit of leaven" that Jesus spoke of in Luke 13:21. Jesus only had twelve disciples for a reason. He wanted to pour Himself into these twelve common men through a personal relationship so that when He charged them to GO, they could reproduce themselves by using the model He taught them. The model the early church used was to use their relational networks to spread the gospel. They multiplied through relationship evangelism. Our children are being poured into by the FID India staff, through such relationships, and when they are of age, they will be dispersed throughout their indigenous culture and develop relationships. Through these relationships they will multiply the influence of the Kingdom of God. Faith In deeds Ministry does not intend to expand our Childrens Home beyond the ability of the staff to personally pour into the children through close relationships.

7. What does it mean to function organically?
Perhaps it can be best described through an analogy:

  1. A Master Plan would be like a paint-by-number canvas. It describes a specific color and numbering system and then instructs you to paint inside the lines already provided.
  2. Organic Order, on the other hand, enables the art to emerge from the canvas. It takes various gifts, competencies, and lots of patience to bring such a creative miracle into being, but it ends up being an original and authentic product. Organic Order develops an environment that allows community to emerge. The focus should be on the journey, not the destination. When confronted with obstacles, living things must be able to improvise and adapt if they are to survive and emerge. FID has a clear mission from God, but we never have a clear master-plan as to how we will ultimately carry out that mission. We understand that the mission will never be completed. Our mission is a journey.

8. How do you determine where to spend the money I donate?
Although we have discretion as to where to place funds according to greatest current needs at the project, you can specify where you would like your dollars to go in accordance with promoted projects that have been approved by the Board of Directors of Faith In Deeds Inc. We will then keep you informed on current and future projects via our mailed newsletter and on our website.

9. How much of the money actually goes to the children compared to the board members salaries?
All of our board members serve purely as volunteers, and will continue to do so. Currently, every dollar raised either goes directly toward the social development of the project area in India. The arguable exception might be that of a few administrative costs here (such as postage, filing fees, etc.)

10. Are my donations tax deductable?
Faith In Deeds Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization . All gifts are tax deductible.

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