I’m a little late on this one, but today, November 3rd, is Orphan Sunday – a day where we think about how Christians can support, care for and defend the fatherless. It’s funny, before we started our adoption journey, I knew intellectually and theologically that I needed to do something for the many orphans in the world, but it was never something high on my priority list. I’m grateful to say that this is no longer the case. More than ever, we are aware of the needs of orphans around the world and the need for Christians to step up and care for the fatherless around the world.

Now, before you stop reading and think this is a plea for you to adopt, I’m not going to do that. I fully understand that not every family is in a position to adopt. However, that is no excuse to ignore the plight of the orphan. Here’s what Jesus’ brother James had to say about this:

“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. (James 1:27, ESV)”

You see, James tells us to care for orphans (and widows, too, but that is another post!) – but he doesn’t tell us exactly what that looks like in each person’s life. For some of us, we will adopt. Many of our friends supported our adoption through gifts or help with our fundraisers. We have other friends who have served the orphan by being foster parents. We were blessed by a grant from Show Hope that was funded by some generous people. We have another friend who served at an orphanage. Still others are engaging teen moms and helping them so they can continue to parent and keep a child from becoming an orphan to begin with. And I’m sure I forgetting someone and the way they give their lives away to help the orphans around the world.

The point is this: individually, we can’t serve every orphan. Thankfully, we don’t have to do it all individually. That’s what today is about and what adoption month is about. It’s about how each of us can do our part to help the cause of the orphan. And when we all do our part, either through adoption, supporting adoption, foster care or caring for the single parent who is trying to care for a child, we fulfill the directions found in James and care for the orphan. And for all of you who have and continue to support our adoption, we are eternally grateful!

This week’s prayer update:

  • PRAISE: We received some updated photos of our little guy this past week. We are blessed to have these glimpses into his life!
  • PRAYER: We continue to pray that our documents would be submitted this month and that we will be able to travel to meet him before the end of March.
  • PRAISE: We continue to rejoice that we will be funded once we complete our matching grant. Look for more information on this within the next few days.
  • PRAYER: Lastly, pray for the orphan, where ever they may be, that they would be cared for and that we would do our part.