I have had the privilege of serving at two churches who love orphans. Grace Community (Indiana) has been a part of rescuing many orphans in Thailand and Cambodia by partnering with Asia’s Hope. They’ve built orphanages, sent many teams over, and have supported the children and staff with prayers and finances.
Grace Community (Maryland) is also passionate about orphans. We sponsor hundreds of orphans in Uganda in a partnership with AOET (AIDS Orphan Education Trust). We also send many teams to Uganda each year and support the children and staff with our prayers and finances.
I have also been inspired by the stories of numerous people in both churches who have opened up their families and adopted children. I have prayed with families seeking to adopt. I have grieved with families when an adoption has fallen through. I have rejoiced with families when they finally brought their little boy or girl home.
The adoption process is not easy and it’s certainly not cheap. And, sometimes there is heartbreak on the other end of it. But, in the sight of God, caring for orphans is something He considers “pure and genuine.” (James 1:27)
That’s why I’m excited about Orphan Sunday (November 8th). Thousands of events will be held across America and around the world, all sharing a single focus … that’s God’s heart to love and care for the orphan will become our heart as well.
I’m thankful that our church is able to host a wide variety of workshops during the afternoon of November 8th in an effort to ignite a passion to stand up for those who are not able to stand up for themselves. These workshops will cover the spectrum of care: from what it means to adopt to learning how to care for orphans from afar. We’ll also hear a powerful story from one of our own talking about their journey as an orphan.
I’m also thrilled to be a part of a team that will be going to Uganda in January to help care for orphans at AOET. While this will not be my first time loving on orphans, it will be my first time overseas … and I can’t wait!
Would you consider attending an Orphan Sunday event in your area this Sunday?