Elli Oswald reconsiders the ways American churches serve vulnerable children and honor them as image bearers of God.
Through the Faith to Action Initiative, she advocates for systemic changes that would make orphanages obsolete around the world.
What You’ll Learn :
The Research about Orphanages, Family-Based Care and Child Development
The Risks Involved with Mission Trips to Orphanages
How Conflicts — Like the War in Ukraine —Affect Children and Orphans
About the Guest:
Elli Oswald is the Executive Director of the Faith to Action Initiative. The organization advocates for family-based care for children and functions to “mobilize and educate churches, faith-based organizations and individuals to engage in care that upholds the vital importance of family in a child’s life.”
Prior to this role, she served as Director of Mission and Outreach at Bethany Community Church in Seattle, Washington. There she guided Bethany Community Church in various ministries to the poor and vulnerable in Seattle and around the world. Elli has also served as the Children in Crisis Research and Communications Coordinator for World Vision International’s Child Development and Rights Technical Team which specializes in community-based care for children deprived of parental care.
Elli has a B.A. from Pepperdine University and a M.A. in Cross Cultural Studies and International Development from Fuller Theological Seminary. She has worked with a wide variety of non-profit organizations, including Union Station Homeless Services in Los Angeles.