WHDL - 00013464
WHDL - 00013464
This thesis aimed to explore whether or not the rituals, experiences, and actions of the environment impact the faith development of the children living in Kachin Orphanage Center (KOC). The study was guided by the theoretical framework of John Westerhoff III on the core sectors for developing faith. Westerhoff articulates that there are three sectors for developing faith; namely: rituals, experiences, and actions of the environment. This current study explores the impact of those three sectors in the faith development of the selected orphaned children in KOC. The methodology used in the study is qualitative and it is descriptive in design. To get the needed information, the researcher employed two data collection methods: interview and personal journals. The interviews were semi-structured and conducted through Facebook Messenger video call. For the personal journal, the researcher requested the respondents to write at least one journal entry each week for a month. Ten children participated in the study. They were chosen using purposive sampling method. The researcher used two approaches to do qualitative analysis; namely: coding and condensation. All the interviews and personal journal were transcribed and imported in the MAXQDA software for analysis. Based on the findings of this research, it appears that the rituals such as Christmas, Bible Sunday services, New Year services and other services conducted in the KOC have a huge impact on the faith development of selected orphaned children. These rituals facilitated the opportunities for children to seek God more, feel God’s love, and become better Christians. The experiences that the center provided helped the children feel God’s presence, His love, and provision in times of need. Furthermore, the actions of the environment allowed the children to emulate what the staff and teachers are doing. The people in KOC have proved to be good models before the children on how to live as a member of the faith community. Based on the responses of the 10 children, the rituals, experiences, and actions of the environment impacted their faith development in various ways. Based on the findings of the study, recommendations were offered to the Kachin Orphanage Center and the local church on how to enrich the rituals, experiences, and actions of the environment in nurturing the faith of the children in their care. Additionally, the following are recommendations for further studies: (a) project thesis on creating a curriculum based on Westerhoff’s model for the faith development for the orphaned children, (b) comparative study between orphans and children living with their parents on the effects of rituals, experiences and the actions of the environment, and (c) content analysis of Richard’s five processes for faith nurturing among orphaned children.
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This collection contains the theses in fulfillment of the degree of Master of Arts in Religious Education at Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary.