“God sets the lonely in families…”
Today is Orphan Sunday, a day set aside to call attention to the needs of the millions of orphans around the globe.
More from the Christian Alliance for Orphans:
God is vested, deeply and personally, in the plight of the orphan (i.e. Dt 10:18; Ps 68:5-6). He calls His people to join Him in this, bringing to each parentless child the love of Jesus Christ in both word and deed (Is 1:17; Jms 1:27; Mt. 10:42; Mt. 25:40). Most importantly, the Gospel itself is the story of God’s rescue and adoption of us. On Orphan Sunday, the Church is reminded of this beautiful truth and urged to act upon it.
“We set the lonely in families, because He set us in His.”
Are you looking for a way to share God’s concern for orphans? For the last 4 years, I have supported a little girl named Agnes through a ministry called Covenant Mercies. You can learn more about this ministry’s gospel-centered orphan sponsorship program at the Covenant Mercies website. You can also consider these ideas from the Christian Alliance for Orphans:
10 Ways Every Christian Can Care
for the Orphan and Waiting Child
1. PRAY for them
Tape a waiting child’s picture to your dashboard and pray for the child every time you’re in a car. Visit AdoptUsKids.org or RainbowKids.com.
Organize an evening prayer vigil at your church and pray for children in foster care or an orphanage overseas.
2. SPEAK UP for them
Carry a waiting child’s picture and show it to other believers. Ask if they, or someone they know, would give this child a home.
Become a court appointed special advocate for a child in foster care. Visit NationalCASA.org for details.
3. PROVIDE for their needs
Give sacrificially to a reputable orphanage. Financial gifts can be designated for specific items and aid needed by orphans. Visit HelpOrphans.org for more information.
Organize a drive in your church to collect school supplies for children in foster care or shoes for orphans overseas. Visit GainUSA.org or ShoesForOrphanSouls.org.
4. SUPPORT those who support them
Mow, baby sit, or organize meals for a week for foster parents.
Pray with them and tell them you appreciate what they do. Encourage a family adopting an older child by hosting a shower for them.
5. PROTECT them from harm
6. VISIT them where they are
7. GIVE sacrificially to them
8. ENCOURAGE them to press on
Sponsor a child, support them financially, and encourage them through your letters. Visit VisionTrust.org to learn more.
Become a mentor or tutor to a teenager in a foster group-home.
9. ADOPT them into your family
Give a child a home through international, domestic, or foster care adoption.
Adopt a young adult who has aged out of the system.
10. MOBILIZE your church for them
Video & Photo: Christian Alliance for Orphans
“In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ…”
November is national adoption month. In his book, Adopted for Life, Russell Moore explains the beauty of adoption in this way:
Adoption is, on the one hand, gospel. In this, adoption tells us who we are as children of the Father. Adoption as gospel tells us about our identity, our inheritance, and our mission as sons of God. Adoption is also defined as mission. In this, adoption tells us our purpose in this age as the people of Christ. Missional adoption spurs us to join Christ in advocating for the helpless and the abandoned.
As soon as you peer into the truth of the one aspect, you fall headlong into the truth of the other, and vice versa… We believe Jesus in heavenly things–our adoption in Christ; so we follow him in earthly things–the adoption of children.
Video: Together for Adoption
Photo: Jason Nelson