Tomorrow is Orphan Sunday. UNICEF estimates that there are at least 145 million orphans in the world. God has heart for children, specially those that are orphans. God is clear in his word that we, as his followers, should have this same love for the orphan and that we need to bring the love of Christ to them. There are many verses in the Bible that speak to this. Isaiah 1:17 says, “Learn to do what is right. Seek Justice. Help the Oppressed. Defend the cause of the Orphan.” Then in James 1:27, it says, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” As followers of Christ this should be an area where we are intimately involved. And is this not the essence of the gospel? God rescues us and adopts us into his family so why aren’t we doing the same for children around the world who have no earthly family?
So, you are asking yourself, what can I do? There are many options. You can pray on their behalf. You can speak on their behalf to others. You can also give to support organizations that are actively working with orphans around the world.
Want to engage with children here in the US? Become a court appointed special advocate for a child in foster care. Visit NationalCASA.org for details.
Want to get involved or give to organizations that work with orphans all over the world? Below are a list of some of these organizations. There are many more organizations out there, I just picked a few that I am familiar with. If you know of another great organization post it in the comments.
You now know the situation. You are responsible for that knowledge. You are also responsible for the resources God has given you, such as your money, skills, and time.
So the question is, what are you going to do?