The International Orphan Sunday Campaign led by the Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO) has helped stoke this movement to a new intensity, including more than 3,000 local Orphan Sunday events nationwide. The campaign aims for more than 4,000 events across America on the first weekend of November, calling Christians to adoption, foster care and global orphan ministry.
Locally, FACES will kick-off Orphan Sunday weekend on Saturday, November 1st from 5-8 p.m. at the Charlevoix Country Club Bistro with a training led by Johnny Carr (author of Orphan Justice: How to Care for Orphans Beyond Adopting).
This training will help attendees gain knowledge of the best, Bible-based practices in caring for orphans.
This event is for anyone interested in learning more about children who are hurting both locally and globally.
The cost of this training is $15 and includes dinner.
You can register at orphanjustice.eventbrite.com.
Opportunities continue with an Orphan Sunday service being held at Charlevoix High School on November 2, at 9:30 a.m.
Johnny Carr, a renowned international voice on behalf of vulnerable children, will be delivering a passionate sermon and presenting opportunities on how all persons can be involved in caring for vulnerable children.
A luncheon will be provided following the church service for those who feel moved to act or would like more information. Various organizations will have booths onsite to offer opportunities for involvement, including Bethany Christian Services.
“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.”
“Everyone is called to do something and there are several ways for people to care for vulnerable children beyond adopting. FACES offers a ‘WRAP’ program which invites followers of any age or stage of life to use individual gifts to surround adoptive and foster families with love, prayers, and acts of service,” said Karlee Philp, leader of FACES.
There are more than 400,000 (of whom 13,000 are from Michigan) children in the foster system in the U.S. today, with over 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.”