From Christianity Today to Catalyst, the biblical call to “defend the cause of the fatherless” (Isaiah 1:17) is on hearts and minds of Christians in a way not seen in generations. Last year, the national Orphan Sunday campaign led by the Christian Alliance for Orphans helped stoke this movement to a new intensity, including more than 2,000 local Orphan Sunday events nationwide. The campaign aims for more than 2,000 events across America the first weekend of November, calling Christians to adoption, foster care and global orphan ministry.
Children in Crisis will partner with local churches to provide homes and establish hope for the orphans and foster youth of Northwest Florida. Orphan Sunday provides the opportunity for ministries to place the issue of fatherlessness at the forefront.
“This is CIC’s first year to participate in Orphan Sunday, and we hope to see it continue to grow,” said Travis Hill, volunteer and events coordinator with CIC. “Unfortunately do not have any church participating from Destin. The only churches to participate are Emerald Coast Worship Centre and Evangelistic Centre in Fort Walton Beach.”
More than 130 national and international organizations like Children in Crisis have joined forces in the Christian Alliance for Orphans to promote the campaign, including household names like Bethany Christian Services, Buckner, Focus on the Family, Show Hope and Family Life.
“Orphan Sunday calls the Church to make the Gospel visible,” said Jedd Medefind, president of the Christian Alliance for Orphans. “When Christians open their hearts and homes in adoption, foster care and global orphan ministry, we mirror the God who did the same for us.”
The website www.orphansunday.orgserves as a hub for the campaign, offering event ideas, downloadable materials and ways individuals can partner with orphan-serving ministries to hold local events. The site also contains a map of the country that will highlight local events nationwide as they are scheduled.
Ken Hair, president and CEO of Children in Crisis said, “Orphan Sunday is a wonderful way to bring emphasis and visibility to the thousands of foster children in Florida and our Nation. CIC is excited to partner with this very worthy cause and looks forward to making a difference in the lives of so many at-risk children.”
There are more than 400,000 children in the foster system in the U.S. today, with more than 100,000 waiting to be adopted. Globally, an estimated 17.8 million children have lost both parents. The Orphan Sunday campaign invites Christians to be God’s answer to these needs. “We set the lonely in families because God set us in His.”