I’ve been asked to blog about Orphan Care from time to time. I have a huge heart for this but also know that there are a million things going on and a long list of things to care about or take care of on my own home front. But I ask you to read through this and if nothing else pray for the Orphans of the world, near and far. They are in your backyard too.
Here are some things that were shared in a recent Press Release about Orphan Sunday:
“Orphan Sunday calls the Church to make the Gospel visible,” said Jedd Medefind, President of the Christian Alliance for Orphans. “When Christians open their hearts and homes in adoption, foster care and global orphan ministry, we mirror the God who did the same for us.”
The 2010 campaign aims for more than 2,000 events across America the weekend of November 7, 2010 calling Christians to adoption, foster care and global orphan ministry.
The website www.orphansunday.org serves as a hub for the campaign, offering event ideas, downloadable materials and ways individuals can partner with orphan-serving ministries to hold local events. The site also contains a map of the country that will highlight local events nationwide as they are scheduled.
There are more than 500,000 children in the foster system in the U.S. today, with nearly 130,000 waiting to be adopted. Globally, an estimated 15 million children have lost both parents. The Orphan Sunday campaign invites Christians to be God’s answer to these needs. As the 2010 Orphan Sunday video puts it, “We set the lonely in families because God set us in His.”
So have you ever seen this done in your church? What can YOU do? Pray, support an orphaned child, join the facebook group or maybe help set up the Orphan Sunday in your church.