Thursday, October 27, 2011

Orphan Sunday

Did you even know there is day designated as Orphan Sunday?  This year's Orphan Sunday is on November 6th.  I must confess, that I was not aware of this date.  Having a day set aside for awareness of a problem does not do much if the word does not get out to the people on the streets.

I heard on the radio this morning that people in the US adopt more children than the rest of the world combined.  Good for us, but there is so much more to do.  While you may not be able to adopt a child, everyone can use their voice to share about the need.

Did you know that there are 147 million orphans in this world?  How can we make a change in such a large statistic?  We change the world by touching one child at a time.

From the website:  Each event is locally-led. Sermons and small groups, concerts and prayer gatherings, shared meals and youth activities—each rousing believers with God’s call to care for the orphan, and what we can do in response.  From many sources, one voice. On November 6th, thousands of events echo across America and around the globe, all sharing a single goal: that God’s great love for the orphan will find echo in our lives as well.  Orphan Sunday is your opportunity to rouse church, community and friends to God’s call to care for the orphan.
Denise and I adopted both of our daughters when they were babies.  Many people are surprised when they learn that they are adopted because they look so much like us.  Building relationships with orphans in Ukraine has caused us to wonder, "Are we doing enough?  What else can and should we be doing?  Should we adopt a child from Ukraine?"  These are not easy questions and are things that we are still working through and praying about.

Maybe you are thinking that you cannot do anything because you cannot adopt a child yourself.  There are still many other ways that you can help.
  • You can PRAY
    • for orphans that you are aware of
    • for expectant mothers that are struggling with what to do with their baby
    • for people you know (like us) who are personally touching the lives of orphans
  • You can GIVE
    • to support ministries who are meeting physical needs of orphans (like Latin America Child Care)
    • to support missionaries who are ministering to orphans on a regular basis
    • to local organizations who are ministering to those in need in America
  • You can GO
    • on a short-term missions trip almost anywhere in the world and show the love of Jesus to some orphans
    • to help local organizations who are ministering to those in need in America
  • You can SHARE
    • what you read about other organizations (for example, what OneHope is doing in Ukraine)
Please prayerfully consider what God would have you do on Orphan Sunday, November 6th and the days and months afterwards.  Now that you are more aware of the needs of orphans around the world, what will you do about it?

P.S.  I have posted links to the sites of several groups.  I am not aware of everything that these organizations are doing, so by linking to their sites, I am not giving a full 100% endorsement of each of their activities.  Before giving to any organization, we all need to do our homework.

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