Do you hear the orphan’s cry within your church?

Posted by Heather Sewell on September 24, 2013  /   Posted in Advocacy

By: Lindsy Wallace

Equipping and encouraging the Church to care for the least of these is one of my favorite topics. Wanna know why? Because caring for orphans is gospel work.

“God has called us to be a defender of the defenseless because that is who He is.
We are returning worship to God when we show His character
to the world by championing the cause of the least of these.”

– Orphanology

Caring for vulnerable children is not the responsibility of the government: it’s the work of God’s people.

There are half a million orphans right here in our country. Here are 10 ways you can encourage your church to become involved with at-risk kids and families in our community.

  1. Plan an Orphan Sunday Event.This can be something as simple as an OCA informational table in hallway of your church to answer questions to something as elaborate as a 5k or concert. There is a wealth of information available here to get you started.
  2. Volunteer your church to become a Safe Families Church partner. The OCA coordinates the Louisville Safe Families chapter and is also currently in need of host families as well as support volunteers.
  3. Encourage the adults in your small group to become OCA Life Coaches. Life Coaches walk alongside youth aging out of the foster care and into adulthood.
  4. Become certified to provide respite care for foster parents. If foster care is new to your church family, providing respite care is a good place to start. Respite providers are not foster parents but are essential as they help children and their foster parents by providing short-term relief or child care. Respite may be provided by the hour, overnight or over a weekend.
  5. Invite a guest speaker to your bible study or small group. The OCA can help you identify someone within our community who can share the biblical mandate and importance of caring for the fatherless in our community.
  6. Come alongside and engage a local organization caring for children in institutions or group homes. Maryhurst and Boys & Girls Haven are just a couple of these organizations offering volunteer opportunities.
  7. Participate in a Kids Against Hunger (KAH) event. KAH is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to end the tragedy of starvation. KAH packages and ships highly nutritious, life-saving meals to starving and malnourished children in developing countries and right here in our community! Your church can help by sponsoring and/or packaging some of these meals.
  8. Adopt a sports team at an underprivileged middle or high school. For many kids in foster care, there is no one cheering them on from the sidelines and your church could brighten a young persons day by being their cheerleader.
  9. Start an orphan care ministry at your church so your local body of believers can be engaged and equipped to care for the fatherless. Here’s how.
  10. PRAY. In the words of Johnny Carr “Orphan care is far more than a humanitarian effort or an issue of social justice. This is war. When you care for orphaned and vulnerable children, when you work to reverse this vicious cycle that Satan has so masterfully orchestrated, you are fighting against the devil himself.” from his amazing book Orphan Justice.

    Cover your ministry in prayer. No matter how big or small your orphan care ministry is, the place to start is on your knees.

Lindsy Wallace {Light Breaks Forth}
Jesus follower. wife. mama. orphan advocate. justice seeker.

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Do you hear the orphan’s cry within your church?

Posted by Heather Sewell on September 24, 2013  /   Posted in Advocacy

By: Lindsy Wallace

Equipping and encouraging the Church to care for the least of these is one of my favorite topics. Wanna know why? Because caring for orphans is gospel work.

“God has called us to be a defender of the defenseless because that is who He is.
We are returning worship to God when we show His character
to the world by championing the cause of the least of these.”

– Orphanology

Caring for vulnerable children is not the responsibility of the government: it’s the work of God’s people.

There are half a million orphans right here in our country. Here are 10 ways you can encourage your church to become involved with at-risk kids and families in our community.

  1. Plan an Orphan Sunday Event.This can be something as simple as an OCA informational table in hallway of your church to answer questions to something as elaborate as a 5k or concert. There is a wealth of information available here to get you started.
  2. Volunteer your church to become a Safe Families Church partner. The OCA coordinates the Louisville Safe Families chapter and is also currently in need of host families as well as support volunteers.
  3. Encourage the adults in your small group to become OCA Life Coaches. Life Coaches walk alongside youth aging out of the foster care and into adulthood.
  4. Become certified to provide respite care for foster parents. If foster care is new to your church family, providing respite care is a good place to start. Respite providers are not foster parents but are essential as they help children and their foster parents by providing short-term relief or child care. Respite may be provided by the hour, overnight or over a weekend.
  5. Invite a guest speaker to your bible study or small group. The OCA can help you identify someone within our community who can share the biblical mandate and importance of caring for the fatherless in our community.
  6. Come alongside and engage a local organization caring for children in institutions or group homes. Maryhurst and Boys & Girls Haven are just a couple of these organizations offering volunteer opportunities.
  7. Participate in a Kids Against Hunger (KAH) event. KAH is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to end the tragedy of starvation. KAH packages and ships highly nutritious, life-saving meals to starving and malnourished children in developing countries and right here in our community! Your church can help by sponsoring and/or packaging some of these meals.
  8. Adopt a sports team at an underprivileged middle or high school. For many kids in foster care, there is no one cheering them on from the sidelines and your church could brighten a young persons day by being their cheerleader.
  9. Start an orphan care ministry at your church so your local body of believers can be engaged and equipped to care for the fatherless. Here’s how.
  10. PRAY. In the words of Johnny Carr “Orphan care is far more than a humanitarian effort or an issue of social justice. This is war. When you care for orphaned and vulnerable children, when you work to reverse this vicious cycle that Satan has so masterfully orchestrated, you are fighting against the devil himself.” from his amazing book Orphan Justice.

    Cover your ministry in prayer. No matter how big or small your orphan care ministry is, the place to start is on your knees.

Lindsy Wallace {Light Breaks Forth}
Jesus follower. wife. mama. orphan advocate. justice seeker.

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