With 143 million orphans in the world, the church has got to do something… so we thought we’d start with prayer. Prayer to discover God’s heart for orphans, to intercede on their behalf, and to ask what we can/should do.
Calvary is hosting an orphan prayer event the weekend of National Orphan Sunday (Nov. 8). The event will be set up similar to our Easter Way of the Cross experience – experiential prayer stations designed to seek God’s heart and pray for orphans. Spread the word. This will be a great opportunity for groups to meet up, experience together, and perhaps discuss afterwards. Also, there are plenty of opportunities to serve (set up and tear down). If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me or Kendra Gettig at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Real Religion will take place on Friday November 6th from 4-9pm and on Saturday November 7th from 9-3pm. It is self-guided, interactive, and family friendly. Take time to discover and reflect on what God has to say about orphans and to pray on their behalf.
Check out Real Religion for more information, and remember… “Geniune Religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress…” – James 1:27 NLT
Dan, it is so great you are talking about this subject! Prayer is great (and needed), but the real practical application would be to start seeing the body adopting these children. I heard a statistic once, and although I’m probably butchering it, it was something like if only three people in every church adopted one child, there would be no more orphans.
Jesse and I are planning on adopting in a few years – hopefully more than one sweet child!
Well, we are a little larger church than average, so our share would definitely be more than 3…but one of the reasons why I love Calvary is because so many people are doing the practical thing.
Stacy and Kim Sublett — our youth pastor are about a month from bringing a baby home from China. Chris and Colette are less than a month home from bringing a child home from the Philippines. Mark and Becky Eveleth less than a year from bringing home a child from Ethiopia. A couple of years ago the Roes adopted two daughters from the Ukraine. Then we have the Porters who just can’t stop…I’m not sure how many — four or five?
I know that I’m forgetting someone but it’s pretty cool.
2 of my 3 children are adopted. One at age 6 and the other at birth. Thank you for your attention to this.
What a cool thing…thank you.