Orphan Sunday – November 13, 2016
Last week I addressed why orphan care matters. This week I’d like to share some of the many ways you can be involved in caring for orphans.
I’m not going to categorize them or list them in any particular order.
Every one is legitimate. Every one is necessary.
You won’t find “adopt a child” or “become a foster parent” on the list. Those are often the first things that people think of when they consider orphan care. While those are obviously amazing ways to fulfill God’s expectation to care for orphans, they are not the only ways to care. You may not be called to adopt a child or become a foster parent. There are still plenty of practical ways for you to care.
Ways YOU Can Be Involved In Orphan Care – Part 1
(This list got so lengthy that I decided to divide it into two parts; here are the first 14 ideas – a link to 12 more is at the end of this post.)
1. Identify an orphan care organization in your area – could be a foster agency, adoption agency or other support ministry; contact them and ask how you can serve; they usually have a variety of ways for community members to volunteer
2. Pray for orphanage workers in other countries – identify a specific orphanage; learn about their current needs and pray regularly
3. Host a shower for an adopting family – think beyond the child’s needs; what does the family need for traveling or outfitting their home for special medical considerations
4. Organize a supply collection for a foster family with a new placement – they won’t know exactly what they need until a child is in their home; find out what they need and do the work of calling around to locate and arrange for delivery of things like a crib, carseat and other baby gear or diapers, clothes in appropriate sizes or school and sports supplies
5. Give Christmas or birthday gifts to local foster care organizations – ask for gender, age and specific interests or requests; in some cases these are the only gifts the children get
7. Mentor or tutor youth in a local group home – many of these kids do not have positive role models outside the system; a smiling face, a listening ear and a heart that genuinely cares about them can have an incredible impact
8. Support an adoptive family financially – adoption has many costs attached to it; if you personally know someone who is adopting, offer to contribute to their adoption fees; you can also help provide financial grants for adopting families through organizations like Show Hope and Lifesong for Orphans
10. Pray for foster families in your church – talk to them, find out what their struggles are and ask how you can uphold them in prayer
11. Become a safe family – Safe Families for Children helps prevent children from becoming orphans
12. Pray for the children who are waiting for a forever family – websites like AdoptUSKids and RainbowKids showcase children who are waiting to be matched with a family; look at the pictures and pray that God would place them in families who will be able to meet their needs and love them as they are
13. Help build a children’s home – giving some children a home off the street is the first step toward finding them a family; World Orphans has ongoing projects
14. Become a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) – volunteer to be an advocate for a child who can’t navigate the system on their own; more information at CASA for Children
“He has shown you, O man, what is good and what the Lord requires of you – to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8
How is God calling you to be involved in orphan care?
For 12 more ways to help orphans, please see Orphan Care . . . How Can You Care – Part 2.
Inclusion of a link does not necessarily imply endorsement of an organization. Please thoroughly investigate any organization before deciding to support their ministry.