By: Lindsy Wallace
I am a huge fan of bringing our children alongside us as we serve orphans and vulnerable children. This will look different depending on the ages of your children, but here are some practical ideas and prayerful encouragement for teaching children about orphans in our very own community.
What I really want you to know is this: there is something for everyone. You can dip your toes into the pond or dive in headfirst, BUT don’t let yourself become overwhelmed and as a result, do nothing. At some point, the need must compel us to practically do something. Let that point be now.
Start with scripture. There are five things God’s word tells us about caring for the poor. (I think we can all agree anytime the Bible refers to “the poor,” orphans and vulnerable children are included.) Even young children can count on their fingers and memorize these five things. (Thanks to Lisa Kjeldaarld for giving me permission to share these with you!)
God is concerned. Psalm 140:12
God identifies Himself with the poor. Proverbs 14:31
God commands us to act. Isaiah 1:17
God blesses those who serve. Proverbs 19:17
God punishes those who ignore orphans. Jeremiah 5:28
Participate in collecting school or other much-needed supplies for foster children. Children often enter foster care with nothing but the clothes on their backs. OCA strives to make the transition into foster care just a tad bit easier by providing clothes and other much-needed items through the Kids’ Care Closet.
Encourage your kids to go through their clothes and toys and donate the items they “choose” to give away to the Kids’ Care Closet. Make sure to take your kids with you to drop off the items.
Specific needs at this time are costume jewelry bracelets (12-18 year old girls), adult medium t-shirts, youth medium t-shirts, youth large t-shirts, coloring books, crayons, playing cards, powder, night lights, pacifiers, baby lotion, bottles.