The Lord is our Portion

The Lord is our Portion

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Orphan Sunday

 "Only one thing is worse than being lost...Being lost & knowing nobody is looking for you."
Amy at Lifesong for Orphans
 
Today is Orphan Sunday churches around the country help to plead the cause and raise awareness of the global orphan crisis.  There are millions of children considered to be orphans worldwide- one estimate being 147,000,000.  During our 1st adoption we met several families that decided to adopt because of something they heard at their churches on Orphan Sunday...now those children are no longer orphans but sons and daughters.

We realize that not everyone is called to adopt - however the Bible is clear that we are to care for them...what that looks like is different for each Christian but here are some practical ways we all can help orphans. 
 
1. PRAY FOR THEM- Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. -Matthew 7:7-8
2. SPEAK UP FOR THEM-Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all the unfortunate. Open your mouth, judge righteously, and defend the rights of the afflicted and needy. -Proverbs 31:8-9
3. PROVIDE FOR THEIR NEEDS-If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food…and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? -James 2:15-16
4. SUPPORT THOSE WHO SUPPORT THEM-and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds... -Hebrews 10:24
5. PROTECT THEM FROM HARM-The Lord protects the strangers; He supports the fatherless and the widow, but He thwarts the way of the wicked. –Psalm 146:9
6. VISIT WHERE THEY ARE-Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of God is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world. -James 1:27
7. GIVE SACRIFICIALLY TO THEM-Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. -2 Corinthians 9:7
8. ENCOURAGE THEM TO PRESS ON- We urge you brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 1 Thessalonians 5:14
9. ADOPT THEM INTO YOUR FAMILY-A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God is His holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families… -Psalm: 68:5-6a NIV
10. MOBILIZE YOUR CHURCH FOR THEM-Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you. -Matthew 28:18-20
 






 

 

 


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