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On Orphan Sunday, Christians around the globe celebrate the love of the God who “defends the cause of
the fatherless” and calls us to do the same. Ultimately, Orphan Sunday makes God’s true character and
the Gospel itself visible as God’s people explore and respond to His heart for the orphan in adoption,
foster care, and global orphan ministry.
God is vested, deeply and personally, in the plight of the orphan (i.e. Dt 10:18; Ps 68:5-6). He calls 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
Each local Orphan Sunday event or activity is created by local believers in the local church. So events
vary as much as the people and churches involved. Events in 2011 included sermons and Sunday School
classes on God’s heart for the orphan, prayer gatherings, fasts and simple meals, student-led
fundraisers, foster family recruiting and live concerts.
Visit the Resources page on the Orphan Sunday website as it holds an array of ideas and resources for local events, from posters and bulletin inserts to videos, study guides and sermon notes.
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.
The Orphan Sunday campaign is led by the Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO), a national coalition of
organizations and churches committed to the Gospel and the orphan. CAFO includes more than
100 trusted organizations, from Family Life, Bethany Christian Services, and Show Hope, to Focus on
the Family, Buckner International and Compassion International. Most importantly, thousands of
Orphan Sunday events are held worldwide each year.
If you share the Lord’s heart for the fatherless, you have all it takes to be a Coordinator! In addition to having a passion for the fatherless:
Absolutely! CAFO recognizes every activity and event carries value and moves people closer to the awareness of what the Lord is doing worldwide to help the fatherless. Whether you order “The Orphan’s Table” meal, or a pastor tells his/her story from the pulpit about adopting from the foster care system – we know the Lord is using those moments to inspire us to reach beyond ourselves and into the orphan community.
Great question! We have a wonderful library of resources available to you on our “Resources” page. We understand your Orphan Sunday focus may be specific: global adoption, orphan care outreach or foster care. The Resources page provides something for everyone! Have fun perusing our resources such as: activity/event ideas, sermon notes, downloadable videos, and marketing resources. Don’t forget to share your great ideas with us!
We’re excited to see what the Lord provides every year because there’s always something new He’s doing to turn the hearts of the church towards the fatherless. The Orphan Sunday website also provides a “Beyond Orphan Sunday” page for people who are inspired into action by the campaign. This is posted right after Orphan Sunday.
Yes! Orphan Sunday is led by a team of folks who are lay-experts in their areas of interest. You can find our Orphan Sunday Directors here. We strongly encourage you to also rely on others doing just what you’re doing all over the world! For a personal exchange of ideas and experiences, please visit our Facebook page.
Here are three easy options to get involved: set aside a time on Orphan Sunday to pray and/or fast as a church or with a friend; show a video in Sunday services or Sunday school; or order ”The Orphan’s Table” meal. Don’t forget to post your “activity” on our “Events” page. No activity is too small!
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