Making Room for One

“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.”
John 14:18

We may not be able to save them all, but many of us can save at least one. And when many save at least one, we’ll be a lot closer to saving them all.

November is National Adoption Month. Pray that God will awaken the hearts of many to hear and respond to the orphan’s cry.

This coming Sunday, November 6th, is Orphan Sunday, a day set aside to draw attention to the urgent need for orphan care. Find resources to help you spread the word about Orphan Sunday HERE.

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Video: Christian Alliance for Orphans 

Opening Our Hearts to Orphan Care

“God sets the lonely in families…”

Psalm 68:6a

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
  • Become a foster parent or emergency foster parent.
  • Raise money to build a children’s home to help remove children from the streets. Visit WorldOrphans.org for details.
6. VISIT them where they are
  • Go on a mission trip to an orphanage as an individual or family. Visit GainUSA.org or HelpOrphans.org for information.
  • Take dinner to a foster group-home on a regular basis.
7. GIVE sacrificially to them
  • Support reputable orphan care organizations on a regular basis.
  • Contribute generously to an adoptive family to help offset their costs. Visit ShaohannahsHope.org or LifeSongForOrphans.org.
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
  • Be a catalyst in your church for starting a sustained orphans ministry. Visit HopeForOrphans.org for resources and to learn more about attending a Your Church and the Orphan™ workshop. 



Video & Photo: Christian Alliance for Orphans

Directing Our Dollars to Those in Need

“For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty
and you gave me no drink…”

Matthew 25:42

Do you ever wonder how it would feel to be incredibly wealthy? There’s no need to wonder; you already know.

Sobering reminders from the Christian Alliance for Orphans…

 

Unbelievable statistics, aren’t they? We spend as much money on diet programs in America as it would take to feed every starving person on the planet. Wow.

Learn about sharing your riches with others through Compassion International’s Infant Survival Program.

Video: Christian Alliance for Orphans
Photo: M Nota