Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this, to look after orphans and widows in their distress…James 1:27
What does it mean to look after orphans? How can we do it in our daily lives?
One common misconception is that orphan care equals adoption. In some cases, this can be true, but it is not the only way. In fact, the vast majority of the world’s orphans are not able to be adopted. In these cases, we are still called to look after them.
The orphan crisis is 146 million strong. That is an unimaginable number of children going without the basic needs of a child. 146 million children not feeling loved, not getting tucked in at night, not knowing a mother’s or father’s arms. The goal of Orphan Sunday is to speak up for each one of those 146 million children, to give them a face and a name, and to tell God’s people how important each one is to their Heavenly Father. Yes, the orphan crisis is a large one, but the church does it’s best work under pressure and is more than equipped to rise to even this challenge.
Orphan Sunday is a time to lift up not only the needs of the orphan, but the many solutions to the problem. Adoption, foster care, and global orphan care through means such as sponsorship, family preservation, and feeding programs are just some of the ways we can meet the needs of the orphan in a real and tangible way.
Please join us on Orphan Sunday as we join our voices for the voiceless. Calvary United Methodist Church, 4575 45th St S, Fargo ND from 3:00-5:00 PM