Orphan Sunday – November 12, 2017


On Orphan Sunday, Christians around the globe celebrate the love of the God who “defends the cause of the fatherless” and calls us to do the same. Ultimately, Orphan Sunday makes God’s true character and
the Gospel itself visible as God’s people explore and respond to His heart for the orphan in adoption, foster care, and global orphan ministry.

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 share this passion and bring to each child the love of Jesus Christ in both word and deed (Is
1:17; James 1:27; Mt. 25:40). On Orphan Sunday, the Church is reminded of this truth and invited to act upon it.

Each local Orphan Sunday event or activity is created by local believers in the local church. Events vary as much as the people and churches involved. Events can include sermons and Sunday School classes on God’s heart for the orphan, prayer gatherings, fasts and simple meals, student-led fundraisers, foster family recruiting and live concerts.

As Christians respond to God’s call to care for orphans, lives are transformed. Certainly, orphans and foster youth are changed forever. But it doesn’t stop there. Individual Christians are drawn
beyond a self-focused religion to vibrant, sacrificial discipleship. Their churches grow, too, as the community see God’s heart and mirror it. Finally, a watching world is changed as it sees the Gospel
made visible in Christian adoption, foster care and global orphan care.

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