About

Orphan Sunday

On Orphan Sunday, Christians stand for the orphan. We are a people called to defend the fatherless…to care for the child that has no family…to visit orphans in their distress. Each event is locally-led. Sermons and small groups, concerts and prayer gatherings, shared meals and youth activities—each rousing believers with God’s call to care for the orphan, and what we can do in response. From many sources, one voice. On November 3rd, 2013, thousands of events will echo across America and around the globe, all sharing a single goal: that God’s great love for the orphan will find echo in our lives as well. Orphan Sunday is your opportunity to rouse church, community and friends to God’s call to care for the orphan.

History

Many churches and organizations have hosted “Orphan Sundays” over the years. With a nationwide Orphan Sunday, the Christian Alliance for Orphans seeks to add a unified voice and coordinated effort to the many worthy efforts that preceded this year. The seeds of this united Orphan Sunday come especially as a gift from the Church in Africa. While attending a church service in Zambia, an American visitor was struck by the pastor’s passionate call to care for orphans in the local community, which had been ravaged by AIDS and poverty. Members of the church faced deep need themselves. But as the service ended, one after another stepped forward with money, food and other goods-some even taking off their own shoes and placing them in the offering for orphans. The visitor, Gary Schneider, was so impacted that he began to help Zambian leaders coordinate Orphan Sunday efforts across Zambia. These efforts spread to the U.S. in 2003 with help from Every Orphan’s Hope and other organizations. (Orphan Sunday is licensed to the Christian Alliance for Orphans as a registered trademark of Every Orphan’s Hope). The Christian Alliance for Orphans honors the church in Zambia for the gift of Orphan Sunday. We pray the church all over the world may be as faithful as our Zambian brothers and sisters to reflect God’s heart for the orphan, both near and far.   To view the history of Orphan Sunday, we invite you to watch “Zambia’s Gift to World” Zambia’s Gift to the World (32 minutes)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Orphan Sunday? (PDF)

Can I support Orphan Sunday Financially?

The strength of Orphan Sunday comes from the participation of countless volunteers, churches and organizations, but some hard costs do exist for design, coordination and other expenses. We welcome you to be part of this high-leverage investment! You can give online HERE – just indicate “For OS” in the comment box.

Endorsements

Doug Sauder, President, 4KIDS of South Florida

“Orphan Sunday… what an amazing opportunity for Christ’s Bride to show her love for her Savior.”

Dwain Gullian, President, ABBA Fund

“We believe God is moving in the hearts of His church around the country in big ways, waking up His people to the joy and call to care for the fatherless. Orphan Sunday is the perfect opportunity for local churches to join in this movement. We are encouraging everyone to take part if possible.

Brian Luwis, CEO, America World Adoption

“Having an Orphan Sunday is a great way for the Church to be focused one Sunday a year on an issue close to God’s heart. As we gather together in worship we recognize that Christ has not left us as spiritual orphans (John 14:18) and we can corporately remember those among us who are orphaned and in need of a family.”

Dr. Kenneth L. Hutcherson, Antioch Adoptions, Antioch Bible Church

“Of all the people God could have chosen for us to take care of, He chose the widows and the orphans. Antioch Bible Church as well as all other churches should take this charge seriously. That is why I am so excited about Orphan Sunday and its emphasis on one of God’s priorities for us.”

William J. Blacquiere, President and CEO, Bethany Christian Services

“God created this magnificent world, and it produces enough resources to fill every human need. Yet deep need remains, especially for the 15 million children who’ve lost both parents. The Church needs an Orphan Sunday: to challenge, inspire and equip us to fulfill our Biblical mandate to care for orphans.”

Dr. Ken Hall, President and CEO, Buckner Internationa

“If you’re like me, you were a youngster the first time someone said, ‘Children should be seen, not heard.’ Children, regardless of where they live, need voice; they need to be heard. With your church participating in Orphan Sunday, then getting involved in serving the needs of orphans and at-risk children around the world, you can be a voice for these hurting children.”

Mark Gauthier, National Director, U.S. Campus Ministries, Campus Crusade for Christ

“Orphan Sunday is a great opportunity to connect the hearts of students with the heart of God and help meet the needs of orphans throughout the world.”

Lisa Holbrook, Executive Director, Caroline's Promise

“We grateful to The Christian Alliance for Orphans and their dedication to uniting the Body of Christ in promoting the cause of the orphan. We are excited that November 8 has been proclaimed as Orphan Sunday and we are honored to be a part of The Christian Alliance for Orphans. We look forward to all that will be accomplished on Orphan Sunday!”

Jim Woodward, Director, Christian Adoption Services, Inc.

“I am excited that Orphan Sunday will help bright the plight of the world’s 145 million orphans to the attention of the body of Christ. Just as Christianity provides life eternal, so is the church commissioned to improve the quality of human life through orphan care and adoption.”

Jim Daly, President and CEO, Focus on the Family

“Focus on the Family is honored to be a part of Orphan Sunday, calling believers to care for orphans in need. As someone who was orphaned as a child, I’m thrilled to see the church working together on this cause that is so close to the heart of God.”

Gerald Clark, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Home for Good Foundation

“People everywhere need to know that adoption into God’s eternal family is the ultimate expression of His love. Christian families who adopt are missionaries who bring God’s love to orphan children by living example. Orphan Sunday remind us that while not all are called to adopt, anyone can love and minister to orphan children in a practical and meaningful way by helping families in their own church and community who already want to adopt.”

Vicki Mullins, Director of Orphan Ministry, East-West Ministries International

“Orphan Sunday is an opporunity for believers all across America to speak for those unspoken for; those the world has forgotten. There are millions of orphans in the world. It is clear in Scripture that Jesus loved and cared for these children – how can we do any less?”

Paul Pennington, Executive Director, Hope for Orphans

“Orphan Sunday, as led by Christian Alliance for Orphans, provides for a powerful opportunity for local churches in America to demonstrate their commitment to pure and undefiled religion.”

DeeannaMarie Wallace, Founder, Hope Inc.

“God, the Father of all fatherless, adopts us into His family and gives us a place to belong, an inheritance and an identity. Orphan Sunday declares that every orphan from all corners of the world needs a family to belong to, an inheritance and an identity.”

Gary Ringger, President, Lifesong for Orphans

“What a catalytic event to unite the heart of the church to advocate on one particular day”

Andy Lehman, Vice President, Lifesong for Orphans

“Orphan Sunday engages God’s people to put our FAITH into ACTION…as we unite to advocate for the most vulnerable”

Ed Schwartz, President, Loving Shepherd Ministries

“We’ve learned that no single person, no single organization, no single effort will care for the needs of the 143,000,000 orphans worldwide. Orphan Sunday helps to bring the message of the orphan to the eyes, ears, hands and feet of God’s huge family.”

Kimberly L. Smith, President, Make Way Partners

“I am profoundly appreciative of the tireless efforts of Christian Alliance for Orphans helping all of us to connect with practical means and methods to save the most vulnerable orphans in the world, and thereby, know God’s pleasure.”

Michael Douris, President, Orphan Outreach

“It is in our nature as Christians to identify with Christ’s burdens taking up His cross daily. Christ love for orphans is reflected in the Old and New Testament alike and should be reflected in the heart of His church. Orphan Sunday reflects our obligation and mandate to live out the life of Christ and define the nature of pure and undefiled religion.”

Scott Hasenbalg, Executive Director, Show Hope

“If we want to be God’s hands and feet extended outside of the four walls of the church, it is critical to reach those on the inside of the four walls and make the unaware, aware. Orphan’s Sunday will be historic, not from the stand point of cultural prestige, but more importantly it will be a day where Orphan’s lives will be set free as people become aware of their calling in this area of Kingdom work.”

Russell D. Moore, Dean, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“Orphan Sunday isn’t about charity; it’s about the mission of Christ. I pray that every Gospel-transformed congregation will observe Orphan Sunday, calling all Christians to our mandate to image Christ by caring for his little brothers and sisters, the fatherless of the world.”

Jennifer Gash, President and Founder, Sweet Sleep

“Orphan Sunday is a powerful tool for the church to educate and equip believers to live out the Bible’s command to care for the orphaned. I believe Christians want to care for the fatherless, they just haven’t had a way to recognize they exist or to know how to respond until now.”

Matt Storer, President, VisionTrust

“Orphan Sunday is an exciting nation-wide opportunity for the church to build their faith through finding creative ways to care for the orphan. James 2:17 reminds of a super-important Biblical principle: ‘Unless faith produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.’ TAKE Orphan Sunday seriously and TURN your faith into action.”

Carol Hart, Founder, ZOE Children's Homes

“Getting involved in “Orphan Sunday” is getting involved in one of most priceless and rewarding acts of kindness – for ALL eternity you will never be sorry for one minute you spent or one penny you invested in helping God care for the ones He is the Father to – the fatherless…invest today!”