November 4, 2012 - Orphan Sunday
Well, this is getting posted later that I had wanted it to on Orphan Sunday, but it is still November 4, 2012!
“Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows.” Isaiah 1:17
Now that our eyes and hearts have truly been opened to the plight of orphans around the world we want to make sure that we are doing everything we can to “Defend the cause of Orphans.”
Here are some facts according to the Christian Alliance for Orphans:
- 153 million children worldwide have lost either one parent (“single orphan”) or both parents.
- 17.8 million Children worldwide have lost both parents (“double orphan”).
- There are currently 130,000 children available for adoption through the US Foster Care System.
- These estimates do NOT include the 2-8 Million children living in “institutions” nor do they include the vast number of children who are living on the streets, exploited for labor, victims of trafficking, or participating in armed groups.
10 Ways ANYONE Can Care for the Orphan and Waiting Child
- PRAY for them – Tape a waiting child’s picture to your dashboard or bathroom mirror and pray for them every time you see it. (visit Reece’s Rainbow, Adopt US Kids, or Rainbow Kids)
- SPEAK UP for them – Become a court appointed advocate for a child in foster care (visit NationalCASA)
- PROVIDE for their needs - Give sacrificially to a reputable orphanage OR Organize a drive to collect school supplies for children in foster care or shoes for orphans overseas (visit Because International)
- SUPPORT those who support them – Support and pray for foster parents OR Encourage those who are adopting
- PROTECT them from harm – Become a foster parent or emergency foster parent OR Raise money for those who help to remove children from the streets (visit World Orphans)
- VISIT them where they are – Go on a mission trip to an orphanage OR Take dinner to a foster group-home on a regular basis
- GIVE sacrificially to them – Support reputable orphan care organizations on a regular basis OR Contribute generously to an adoptive family to help them offset their costs(blog post #3?!)
- ENCOURAGE them to press on – Sponsor a child (visit Compassion) OR Become a mentor or tutor to a teenager in a foster group-home
- ADOPT them into your family – Give a child a home through international, domestic, or foster care adoption
- MOBILIZE your church for them – Be a catalyst in your church or community for starting a sustained orphan ministry (visit HopeForOrphans)
In the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my
people,’ there they will be called ‘children of the living God.’