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Each year Orphan Sunday is a day when thousands of churches worldwide remember the orphan and commit (or re-commit) themselves to answering God’s call to care for the fatherless. Since Christians “are a people called to defend the fatherless . . . to care for the child that has no family . . . to visit orphans in their distress,” Orphan  Sunday is a wonderful and strategic opportunity for us to better equip and mobilize ourselves to do what God, the Father, has called us to do. But for some, Orphan Sunday is much more than that. For some, Orphan Sunday means becoming an ex-orphan.

On this coming Orphan Sunday (November 4th), my brother (pictured here with his soon-to-be son) leaves for Ukraine to bring home two new additions (beautiful children!) to their family, the Cruver family. This Sunday Stephen travels to Ukraine to make two deeply loved and cherished orphans ex-orphans, to make them their beloved children and bring them home, to his and Tricia’s home (Tricia pictured below). Stephen’s and Tricia’s new children have never heard of Orphan Sunday. They don’t know what it is or that churches all over the world observe it. But the day will come when they will learn about Orphan Sunday and begin observing it each year along with hundreds of thousands of Christians from all over the world. But . . . what I believe they will one day remember most about Orphan Sunday is that it is the day that their Daddy traveled half-way across the world to bring them home, to bring them into their family.

So, what will I be doing this coming Orphan Sunday? Well, after I worship with my brothers and sisters in Christ here in Travelers Rest, South Carolina, I will go to the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport to see my brother off to bring my new niece and nephew home. I can’t say I have ever looked forward to an Orphan Sunday as much as I’m looking forward to this one.

I deeply love my brother and absolutely cannot wait to meet their two newest children in just a couple weeks.

Read Stephen’s and Tricia’s adoption blog: After the Last Tear Falls (named after an Andrew Peterson song). Follow Stephen’s journey on Twitter.

  • Jon S.

    Wonderful news. Congratulations on the new additions to your extended family!

  • Guest

    So thankful to have 2 Ex-Orphans by my side at church tomorrow. Congratulations to you and your brother and his family. How exciting!!!


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