On Orphan Sunday, November 11, 2018, Christians around the globe celebrate the love of the God who “defends the cause of the fatherless” and calls us to do the same. Ultimately, Orphan Sunday makes God’s true character and the Gospel itself visible as God’s people explore and respond to His heart for the orphan in adoption, foster care, and global orphan ministry. The Orphan Sunday movement in the US where local churches across the country have set aside Sunday, Nov 11th as a day to pray for orphans (many have a sermon on orphans, do a meal after church with the donations going to serve orphans, etc.)
This year, friends and partners of Children’s Hope are making a special effort on Orphan Sunday to help orphans by calling attention to the support of the special needs orphans being cared for in Alenah’s Home in Beijing.
Get approval for a special donation to Alenah’s Home for Special Needs Foster Care Center in Beijing.
Ask congregation groups and individual members or church to become Partners in Hope supporting Christian care for orphans in China.
Pray for the children and staff at Alenah’s Home!
The most inspiring messages motivate people with a sense of purpose bigger than themselves. They draw out and answer the question, “Why?” Why should I care? What should I sacrifice my time, money and energy to be a part of this? A truly compelling “why” casts vision, reinforces values, motivates people and gives them something bigger than themselves to believe in, pursue and sacrifice for. So how do we effectively communicate the “why” of our foster care, adoption and orphan care related ministry? What is the compelling message of our ministry?
The goal of your foster care, adoption and orphan care ministry is not simply to recruit more people to meet a need; it’s to disciple more people to obey a command. Discipleship is not an event, it’s a process. But how do we do that in our ministries? What elements of movement are crucial to establishing an effective and sustainable process for moving our people towards caring for the vulnerable and orphaned or supporting those who do?
Are you involved in leading the global ministry initiatives at your church? Have you ever wondered if what your church is doing is actually helping or hurting? In this resource we discuss 15 essential principles to consider and pitfalls to avoid in your church’s global engagement strategy. We construct a general framework of essential practices for your leadership to work through based on biblical principles and a strong research and evidence base that affirms the importance of engaging global orphaned and vulnerable children ministry with excellence, integrity and humility.