Sunday, November 06, 2011

orphan sunday

What is Orphan Sunday?
On Orphan Sunday, Christians across America and beyond
celebrate the love of the God who
“places the lonely in families”
and calls us to do the same.
Ultimately, Orphan Sunday seeks to
makes the Gospel visible
explore and respond to His heart for the orphan in
adoption, foster care, and global orphan ministry.

Why orphan Sunday?
God is vested, deeply and personally,
in the plight of the orphan (i.e. Dt 10:18; Ps 68:5-6).
Hecalls His people to share this passion
and bring to each child the love of Jesus Christ in both
word and deed (Is 1:17; Jms 1:27; Mt. 25:40).
On Orphan Sunday, the Church is reminded of
this truth and invited to act upon it.

Whom does Orphan Sunday impact?
As Christians respond to God’s call to
care for orphans, lives are transformed.
Certainly,orphans and foster youth are changed forever.
But it doesn’t stop there. Individual Christians
are drawn beyond a self-focused religion to vibrant,
sacrificial discipleship. Their churches
grow, too, as the community see God’s heart and mirror it.
Finally, a watching world is changed
as it sees the Gospel made visible in Christian adoption,
foster care and global orphan care.


Though I was born an orphan,
Abandoned and alone,
Enslaved and bound in darkness,
Without a hope or home,
The God of grace and mercy
From his eternal throne
Ordained to be my Father
And claim me as His own.

That I might be adopted
The Father sent his Son
To live in full obedience
And die for what I’ve done.
Now through his resurrection,
Through faith, with him I’m one.
A member of his household,
I am an heir, a son.

To soothe my fear and worry
The Spirit from on high
Was sent to be a witness
That “Father!” I might cry.
O How I love this Father!
I’m never left alone.
He’s come to dwell within me
Until he calls me home.

Since I have this adoption,
I cannot close my home
To widows and to orphans,
Abandoned and alone.
Lord, fill me with compassion
To love the fatherless,
That I might show the nations
How great my Father is!
{Eric Schumacher and David L. Ward}

click here to view the orphan sunday prayer guide
please join me in praying beyond just today!

2 comments:

  1. I didn't know. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. ya i didn't know either til my friend Naomi told be about it last week! she did a post on it also!

    thanks for sharing!

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