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October 15, 2013

3 Ways to Celebrate Orphan Sunday

 Orphan Sunday. From many sources, one voice. On November 3rd, 2013, thousands of events will echo across America and around the globe, all sharing a single goal: that God’s great love for the orphan will find echo in our lives as well. (from OrphanSunday.org) One Day. One Voice. One Purpose. // Orphan Sunday Does your family, small group or church have plans for Orphan Sunday? There are so many ways that we can honor orphans collectively as the Body of Christ on Orphan Sunday. Here are just a few: Advent for Orphans Calendar — see explanation below Orphan’s Table — share a meal eaten by orphans around the world. Gather with family, small group or church for the meal, discussion and prayer. Partnership Packages — easy-to-follow Orphan Sunday event plan, enabling you to partner with an organization to create a simple event! Other Resources — videos, prayer guides, sermon notes, t-shirts … Continue reading

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November 2, 2012

Day 5 – Pray for Orphan Sunday

In honor of the upcoming Orphan Sunday (November 4th), we are hosting a Prayer Campaign to prepare our hearts and minds for the day set aside to honor the orphaned, knowing that PRAYER is the best place to start! If you missed our days earlier this week, check them out here: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 & Day 4. Well, we’ve come to the last day of our prayer campaign. Our hope is that your heart has been softened and prepared for this coming weekend when thousands of believers across the globe will spend dedicated time honoring the orphan. We hope you will too! (for local Orphan Sunday events or ideas for hosting your own, click here). We’d like to dedicate this final day to praying for events, hosts, speakers and all those involved for Orphan Sunday this weekend. Whether you know of a local Orphan Sunday event or if … Continue reading

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November 1, 2012

Day 4 – Organizations

In honor of the upcoming Orphan Sunday (November 4th), we are hosting a Prayer Campaign to prepare our hearts and minds for the day set aside to honor the orphaned, knowing that PRAYER is the best place to start! If you missed our previous days, check them out here: Day 1, Day 2, & Day 3.  Today, we are going to dedicate our name to pray for orphan, adoption and foster care ministries all over the world. Whether it be your local DCFS office, an adoption agency or an in-country orphan care initiative, choose one to spend time praying for today. If you don’t know of any organizations, I encourage you to go to the Christian Alliance for Orphans website and look at their partner page. Father God, today we pray for All God’s Children International and the work that they do to bring children into loving families. We pray … Continue reading

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October 31, 2012

Day 3 – The Church…That’s You!

In honor of the upcoming Orphan Sunday (November 4th), we are hosting a Prayer Campaign to prepare our hearts and minds for the day set aside to honor the orphaned, knowing that PRAYER is the best place to start! If you missed Day 1 & Day 2, check it out here and here. We’re thankful that you’ve tuned in for Day 3 of our prayer campaign as we pray for the Church, the body of Christ, and our role we have been given as believers.  Let’s peek again into His Word to see how our Father God has described this role…. “Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows.” Isaiah 1:17  “Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.” James 1:27  “When you … Continue reading

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October 30, 2012

Praise God, OUR FATHER – Day 2

In honor of the upcoming Orphan Sunday (November 4th), we are hosting a Prayer Campaign to prepare our hearts and minds for the day set aside to honor the orphaned, knowing that PRAYER is the best place to start! (If you missed yesterday, be sure to check out our prayer for the orphan that started out our week!) Yesterday we talked about the orphan, how the numbers can overwhelm us, leaving us numb.  Today, we are going to talk about our FATHER God.  To start, let’s find out what He promises about His character through His Word… “In you alone do the orphans find mercy.” Hosea 14:3 “The helpless put their trust in you. You defend the orphans. Lord, you know the hopes of the helpless. Surely you will hear their cries and comfort them. You will bring justice to the orphans and the oppressed, so mere people can no … Continue reading

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October 29, 2012

Praying for Orphans – Day 1

In honor of the upcoming Orphan Sunday (November 4th), we are hosting a Prayer Campaign to prepare our hearts and minds for the day set aside to honor the orphaned, knowing that PRAYER is the best place to start! Sometimes it’s hard to put into words the plight of the orphan today. When we hear numbers like 153million as the amount of orphans there are worldwide, it goes way beyond our understanding.  Or what about the number of orphans just in our country alone?  Over 107,000 children are waiting to be adopted from the US foster care system.* Again, we struggle to really comprehend what that looks like. Sometimes we become numb to the numbers as facts and stats go in one ear and out the other. Why don’t those numbers make us jump into action?  What do those numbers really mean? They mean that ONE little girl in Guatamala has … Continue reading

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October 16, 2012

Orphan Sunday: One Day. One Voice. One Purpose.

On November 4th, as well as the surrounding Sundays, thousands of events will echo across America and around the globe, all sharing a single goal: that God’s steadfast love for the orphan will also stir in our hearts.  From many sources, one voice. Orphan Sunday is an opportunity to excite family, community, church and friends to God’s call to care for the orphan. As Orphan Sunday approaches, we pray you will dedicate time on one Sunday in honor of the fatherless. Here are a few helpful and practical recourses for how to spend an Orphan Sunday from Christian Alliance for Orphans’ Orphan Sunday.org website: Partnership Packages – Ideas and action points from over 20 different orphan, adoption & foster care organizations so you can find an activity that fits your church. (Be sure to check out Lifesong’s Partnership Packages as well!) The Orphan’s Table – Experiences impact us more deeply than words. On Orphan Sunday, share a meal eaten by orphans around … Continue reading

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