For the past few years, the Christian Alliance for Orphans has organized the annual “Orphan Sunday” to inspire Christians around the globe to reflect God’s heart for the orphan.
Last year, Orphan Sunday was celebrated nationwide and in 22 countries around the world, including Guatemala, Kenya, the Philippines, Russia, and Ukraine. This year, Orphan Sunday websites appear in English, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
“When Christians grasp God’s heart for the orphan, we see more fully His heart for each of us as well,” expressed Jedd Medefind, President of the Christian Alliance for Orphans.
“We don’t foster or adopt or mentor or give financially out of guilt or duty. Christian care for the orphan is just a small reflection of the way God first loved us – pursuing and rescuing us when we were destitute and alone,” he added.
According to the Christian Alliance for Orphans, more than 400,000 children live in the foster system in the United States today, with nearly 110,000 waiting to be adopted. Globally, an estimated 17.8 million children have lost both parents, and many times those children live with a single surviving parent, most often their widowed mother.
To spotlight God’s deep love for orphans, thousands of churches around the world will celebrate “Orphan Sunday” this year on November 4. On that day, churches and families will show how ordinary people can make God’s love for orphans tangible – from adoption, foster care and mentoring to global ministry. Locally-organized events range from sermons on how adoption reflects the Gospel to orphan care fundraisers, foster family recruitment, community-wide rallies, concerts and prayer gatherings.
While many churches and organizations have hosted an “Orphan Sunday” before, organizers of the nationwide “Orphan Sunday” have sought to coordinate efforts and unify the call through the now annual event.
A coalition of more than 120 organizations have joined forces through the Christian Alliance for Orphans to champion the campaign – from Focus on the Family and Bethany Christian Services, to Family Life’s Hope for Orphans, Buckner International and Show Hope.
Together, “Orphan Sunday” supporters are working toward the day when local Christians in every nation will be known as the primary answer to the needs of orphans in their midst.
“Orphan Sunday” has become a major factor driving what Christianity Today has labeled the “burgeoning orphan care movement.
Published: August 15, 2012