“Think Orphan” Interview with Victor Marx and Phil Darke (Part 1 of 2)

Episode 38: Victor Marx – Dealing with Trauma in Prisons, Schools, Refugee Camps, ISIS Victims, and Your Own Backyard (Part 1)

“In Part 1 of this two-part interview, we talk about Victor’s incredible story, his work with at-risk youth in the US and Iraq, the effects of trauma on children and adults, and much more.” – Phil Darke, Co-host of Think Orphan Podcast and President of Providence World

Victor Marx Quotes from Part 1 of Think Orphan Interview:

  • “When young people and older people alike see that you’re not a “subject matter expert” to come and fix them, but you’re actually coming to feel their heart, step into their pain, then all of a sudden there is instant credibility and trust. You can come to somebody with all the right answers, but it doesn’t make it right.”
  • “If people want to help people . . . you don’t have to be the expert. They just gotta’ know you care.”
  • “If you don’t have compassion, love, sincerity, they’ll slam the door on you.”
  • “14 million kids will be affected by ISIS or extremism.”
  • “It is such a rich harvest field if the people just see the value in caring for orphans, however that looks.”
  • “The greatest danger and risk to the United States — it isn’t terrorism — it’s the lack of a father in the home. It’s the lack of men being really Godly men and making a difference. On every level of society . . . It’s a hard truth. If people would understand that and let their love for children and for what’s right and honorable start in their home . . . “
  • “It’s never about perfection, it’s just about direction — about heading in the right direction. For many people, there are men out there who just bail.”
  • “I would just say to dads, man, if you’ve jacked up, messed up, blown up, then regroup, man, regroup, catch your breath, humble yourself, apologize, and then do your very best to be a dad—even if you’re not a husband, even if that’s not going to work out.”
  • “Fear is one of the most crippling, tormenting, debilitating things that a person can suffer from.”
  • “Crazy thoughts don’t make you crazy. . . . That’s why some people give up. Because they literally think they’re crazy and there’s no hope. But there is always hope. Oh my gosh, there is always hope.”