“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.
â€œDo 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.”Â 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?
- Find out orphanages in your area that you can make a difference in by supporting, visiting, etc.
- Pray. If you need help, here is a 40 day prayer guide I found online to help get you started.
- Looking for teaching on the biblical call for adoption? The Together for Adoption Conference has made all of their 2010 sessions available onlineÂ
- You can also check out organizations like Christian Alliance for Orphans, Hope for Orphans, the Cry of the Orphan and Focus on the Familyâ€™s I Care About Orphan
Blogs of Note if you are interested in Ukraine specifically:
- Â 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.