Defend the Cause of the Fatherless

Hanging out with my boys in Haiti (Feb 2009)
Hanging out with my boys in Haiti (Feb 2009)

“Defend the cause of the fatherless…” Isaiah 1:17

There are 143 million orphans worldwide.

30,000 of those orphans are in the orphanage system of Ukraine (see explanation here).

Today is Orphan Sunday, a Sunday dedicated to making us aware of the need and of God’s call to each of us.


“Do not take advantage of the widow or the fatherless. If you do and they cry out to me, I will certainly hear their cry.” Exodus 22:22-23 (NIV)

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”  James 1:27 (NIV)

As I sat and listened this morning, I couldn’t help but venture back in my mind to the orphanages I worked with on the World Race. I am not exactly what I would term a children kind of person. They are beautiful and amazing and kind of like little aliens that I don’t know what to do with, especially if they can’t talk to me yet.

Regardless I was still able to love the children. I didn’t have to be the one in the middle making the funny faces and entertaining, there were always a few on the outskirts that just wanted to be held and THAT I could do.

We aren’t all called to move to a foreign country and work with orphans, but we are ALL called to SOMETHING.

What can YOU Do?

Blogs of Note if you are interested in Ukraine specifically:

  •   Beauty from the Ashes tells about orphan work and adoption in Ukraine. The blog belongs to my friend, Karen Springs, who works for Orphan’s Promise. She also runs a hospitality house in Kyiv for families coming to adopt.
  • More Love to Give is a journal following the Bollinger family’s journey of adopting in Ukraine. I had the privilege of meeting them last summer. They have a huge heart for God and adoption and they have a pretty amazing family.

Below is the video from ICA Kiev‘s Orphan Sunday, put together by Karen Springs.