Orphan Sunday – November 13, 2016
This is a continuation of a previous post. Click on Orphan Care . . . How Can You Care – Part 1 for the first half of the list.
If you haven’t read Orphan Care . . . Why Should You Care?, please start there for a biblical explanation of why this topic is important.
MORE Ways Anyone Can Care For Orphans
15. Provide respite care for foster families – a couple days of “vacation” gives a foster family much needed refreshment (usually requires certification; every state and county has its own laws)
17. Participate in fundraising events – spaghetti dinners, t-shirt sales, clothing swaps, run/walks – the list of ways that people around you are raising money for orphan care is endless; your personal involvement encourages the people involved as much as your financial contribution helps the cause
18. Become a certified babysitter – foster parents can be required to have someone certified (fingerprinting and background check) to watch the children in their care when necessary
19. Monitor family visits – many children in foster care have regular visits with birth family or other relatives that require supervision; find out how you could provide this service
20. Invite families and children into your home – if you know families in your neighborhood who provide foster care, befriend them! Thank them for their ministry, invite them into your home, invite them to church, offer to take the kids to Sunday school, VBS, 5 Day Clubs or other events
21. Purchase and send supplies – a list of clothing, medical and nutritional supplies needed by Show Hope’s Special Care Centers can be found here
23. Join or start a Movement Club in your school – high school students, this initiative from Show Hope is for you
24. Write letters to children – Lifesong for Orphans has an Adopt An Orphanage program that will set you up to do this
25. Get involved in the Red Bus Project – this mobile thrift store may be visiting a college campus near you
26. Mentor a foster youth who is aging out of the system – children are graduated from the system when they reach 18, but they are not always prepared to be our on their own; help them learn life skills, find job training, find a living situation; include them in your family celebrations
Other websites to check out:
“The the righteous will answer Him saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You drink? And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? And when did we see you sick or in prison and come to You?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even to the least of them, you did it to me.'” Matthew 25:37-40
Any other ideas you would add to the list? Please include them in the comments.
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