At OCA, we are passionate about equipping the church and its people to care for children in the Kentuckiana foster care system. Last week we talked about why the church is needed. For the month of June, we will continue to focus on this topic and providing ideas, inspiration, and advice on how your church can become involved in this important call.
Christians Called To Care For Orphans
Many churches have been putting a bigger focus on the command to care for the fatherless by setting aside a Sunday in November as “Orphan Sunday” to draw attention to the foster care and adoption needs in their communities. This year, Christian Alliance for Orphans has marked Orphan Sunday as November 11th.
All events that will take place in November around the globe share one common goal: “that God’s great love for the orphan will find echo in our lives as well.” Inspiration for this day came from a church in Zambia where the pastor, in the early 2000’s, called the congregation to care for orphans in the community who were being devastated by AIDS and poverty. The members themselves faced needs of their own but nonetheless gave sacrificially at the end of the service to help in any way they could.
You can begin to instill the importance of caring for orphans with your family members this summer by working together to memorize verses where God calls his people to care for orphans. Lifesong For Orphans has provided 7 verses about the fatherless and caring for them.
When you begin to discuss and show compassion to orphans in your community with your kids at a young age, they will grow up knowing and believing in the importance of this mission.
New Research About Foster Care’s Growing Place In The Church
Earlier this year, Lifeway Research released a new study that found “about 4 in 10 Protestant churchgoers say their congregation has been involved with adoption or foster care in the past year.” The study, “Adoption, Foster Care Commonplace in Churches” surveyed 1,010 churchgoers and the results can be seen below.
While the percentages show these things as being “commonplace,” there is still a great need for church leaders to speak more about fostering and adopting to their congregations. Pastors should be encouraging families to foster and adopt, raise funds to support these efforts, and provide resources and training for families who choose to show quite possibly the greatest expression of Christian faith by providing love and hope to children whose birth families cannot care for them.
We know that not all churches have the resources to provide such trainings or education on this topic. If you’re interested in learning more about adoption and foster care, take a look at our calendar for all events we have coming up. If you prefer to start with volunteering and learning more about us, check out our volunteer opportunities to see how you can become involved with OCA.