30 Days of Prayer
October 9 kicks off 30 days of prayer for Orphan SundayFind out More
There are currently 163 million orphans globally, 120 thousand in the United States, and 250 in Georgia (enter the number in your state) waiting for adoption. As these numbers demonstrate, there is an invisible yet terrifyingly real Orphan Nation in the world today; in fact, only six countries have populations greater than the global orphan count. Even more worrying is the deadly link between HIV/AIDS and orphans – those infected with HIV often leave behind orphans, and the orphans today have a high probability of becoming HIV cases tomorrow, threatening to double the HIV/AIDS count from the current 30 million to a staggering 60 million. However, where the world sees impossible numbers, God sees each beloved son and daughter crying out for a family.
Jesus himself took up the cause of the orphan in John 14:18, “I will not abandon you as orphans”, and God calls himself the “father of the fatherless”, a God who “places the orphans in families” in Psalm 68:5-6. God’s heart is obviously after the orphan, but not just the literal orphans, but all of us with an orphaned spirit. Essentially, God is longing to adopt the orphan in you, the orphan in me, and the orphan in them. This clearly lines up with Anywhere’ mission statement: introducing Christ (the orphan in you), pursuing maturity (the orphan in me) and impacting nations (the orphan in them).
Anywhere Church (enter the name of your church) already has a very personal bond with the Orphan Nation, as almost 20% (enter your percentage if known) of our congregation is adopted, and supports orphan ministries all over the world, including Eastern Europe, South Africa, Rwanda, and Peru. God has obviously placed a blessing on Anywhere Church (enter the name of your church) to reach out to those in need of families, and the month of November (National Adoption Month) is the perfect chance for us to avoid complacency in this call, an opportunity to inform, motivate, and equip the church for service, ultimately expanding God’s kingdom and bringing Him glory. As stated above, there are 250 children in Georgia waiting to be placed in families, yet there are thousands of churches in Georgia deaf to their calls and blind to their faces. The purpose of this Sunday and the entire month is to unclog the ears and open the eyes, if not of all the churches in Georgia (enter your state), then at least of our own congregation.
I would like to propose that Anywhere Church (enter the name of your church) set aside the month of November to follow God’s call to serve the orphan. The following practical ideas could make this time not only important in raising awareness but also make it an effective time in God’s kingdom:
(List your plan for Orphan Sunday in your church, below is an example)