THE BEGINNING OF ORPHAN SUNDAY
While attending a church service in Zambia, an American visitor was struck by the pastor’s passionate plea to care for orphans in the local community, ravaged by AIDS and poverty. The members of the congregation faced deep need themselves, but as the service ended, the visitor–Gary Schneider–watched as one person after another stepped forward with money, food, and other goods–some even taking off their shoes and placing them in the collection for the orphans. Gary was so impacted by this demonstration that he began coordinating Orphan Sunday events with leaders across Zambia. These efforts spread to the U.S. in 2003, where we now joyfully follow the example of our faithful Zambian brothers and sisters to reflect God’s heart for the fatherless. OrphanSunday.org is an initiative from the members of the Christian Alliance for Orphans.
We invite you to join us for Orphan Sunday!
NOVEMBER 12, 2017
On any given Sunday, one hundred worthy causes vie for the church’s attention. The church, after all, is made up of people, and people carry burdens. However–
“Orphan care is not just one more good cause. Ultimately, it’s about God’s people understanding his heart more deeply. When we truly understand how our God cares for the most destitute, we begin to grasp how deeply he cares for us as well. And, as we mirror His love of the fatherless in our actions, we reveal His heart to a watching world.”
–Jedd Medefind, President, Christian Alliance for Orphans.
On Sunday, November 12, 2017, Christians around the world will mirror God’s love for the fatherless by standing in solidarity for the orphan and vulnerable. Here are the answers to 3 important questions about Orphan Sunday:
1. WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
YOU can participate by advocating for fatherless and vulnerable children wherever God has placed you–home, church, small group–and inviting others to join you. Check in your event or activity and let others find you on Orphan Sunday. Or, if you don’t want to lead an event or activity, search for one in your area. No matter how big or small, add to the echo of Orphan Sunday around the world.
2. WHAT CAN YOU DO?
A quick search online will yield many ideas, but here are some Orphan Sunday Partner Packages designed to help you engage your church. These partner packages equip you to serve global orphan care, adoption, and foster care. Each option highlights needs and brings awareness to how you (and those you influence) can get involved in caring for orphans.
3. WHY DOES IT MATTER?
Orphan Sunday presents us–as individuals and as a church–with a specific opportunity to speak for the fatherless. Because Jesus loves the fatherless, we must love the fatherless. Orphan Sunday makes it easy to put a date on the calendar and gather resources to accomplish the goal. If your heart beats for the orphan, use Orphan Sunday on Nov 12, 2017, to spread the vision in your church.
“I pray that every Gospel-transformed congregation will observe Orphan Sunday, calling all Christians to our mandate to mirror Christ by caring for His little brothers and sisters, the fatherless of the world.”
– Russell Moore
YOU can make a difference in the life of a child.
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