On a recent visit, Bob Tebow showed the children a video of his son on the field and the orphans watched with a mixture of excitement and puzzlement, said Roberto Gauran Jr., 28, the oldest of the pastor’s seven children, who also works here…

The orphanage, called Uncle Dick’s Home, now shelters about 40 children who attend nearby rural elementary and high schools, and includes a dormitory for about 10 who have enrolled in a small nearby college, Mrs. Gauran said.

“When we take in the children we intend to raise them until they graduate from college and go out into the world,” Bob Tebow said in a telephone interview from the United States. “We like to treat them as closely as we can like our own kids. Our plan is to keep doing the same thing, to get more children and keep raising them up.”